For
Immediate
Release
 September
15,
2009

 Contact:
Na
Eng,
917‐623‐8749,
neng@nyc.mercycorps.org
 Joy
Portella,
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 Mercy
Corps
and
Reach
Out
To
Asia
Join
Forces
to
Expand
Youth
Activist
 Network
 Portland,
OR
–

The
global
relief
and
development
agency
Mercy
Corps
today
 announced
a
bold
new
initiative
with
Reach
Out
To
Asia
(ROTA)
to
truly
 internationalize
the
Global
Citizen
Corps,
an
initiative
that
equips
high
school
and
 college
students
with
critical
skills
to
fight
global
poverty
and
mobilize
others
 toward
peaceful
change.
 This
partnership
with
ROTA
brings
in
$2
million
of
support
for
the
next
three
years,
 and
will
allow
the
youth
activist
network
to
broaden
its
reach
significantly
across
 continents.
The
program
will
bring
youth
together
from
the
United
States,
United
 Kingdom,
Indonesia,
Pakistan,
Iraq,
Lebanon
and
Gaza.

 
“We
are
pleased
to
work
alongside
Mercy
Corps
to
help
prepare
young
people
for
 the
great
global
challenges
of
their
generation,”
said
ROTA's
Director,
Omnia
Nour.

 “By
sharing
our
collective
resources,
we
can
make
a
powerful
difference
in
young
 people’s
lives.”

 The
Global
Citizen
Corps
uses
social
networking
and
video
conferencing
technology
 to
facilitate
dialogue
that
encourages
mutual
respect
and
advances
cross‐cultural
 understanding.
Together,
Global
Citizen
Corps
leaders
from
different
countries
 study
global
issues
such
as
climate
change,
health
care,
conflict,
water,
education
 and
human
rights.
They
not
only
discuss
these
issues
in
vibrant
forums
online
but
 they
also
act
on
what
they
learn.

 Last
year,
Mercy
Corps
formed
a
strategic
partnership
with
Reach
Out
To
Asia,
a
 Qatar‐based
organization
with
years
of
experience
in
education.
In
addition
to
co‐ operating
on
other
development
initiatives,
the
two
organizations
are
committed
to
 offering
young
people
around
the
world
the
knowledge
and
the
management
and
 communication
skills
to
succeed.
They
are
particularly
interested
in
increasing
 opportunities
for
young
people
in
the
Middle
East,
where
65%
of
the
population
is
 under
the
age
of
30
–
many
of
whom
have
limited
prospects
for
education
and
 employment.




ROTA’s
support
jumpstarts
an
effort
to
take
the
Global
Citizen
Corps
to
more
 countries
around
the
world.
Founded
five
years
ago
as
a
program
for
American
high
 school
students,
the
Global
Citizen
Corps
later
expanded
past
US
borders
into
Iraq,
 the
Gaza
Strip
and
the
UK.
To
date,
thousands
of
Middle
Eastern
and
American
youth
 have
engaged
in
educational
and
local
advocacy
projects
that
transformed
the
way
 they
see
their
role
in
society.
Their
activism
has
had
a
multiplier
effect
on
hundreds
 of
thousands
more
of
their
peers.

 
“The
Global
Citizen
Corps
is
an
incredibly
powerful
force
for
peaceful
social
 change,”
said
Robert
Sherman.
Sherman
is
Executive
Director
of
the
Action
Center
to
 End
World
Hunger,
and
he
oversees
Mercy
Corps’
youth
engagement
work.


 Sherman
added,
“We
are
using
the
latest
social
media
technology
to
directly
link
 students
in
the
US,
UK,
Middle
East
and
Asia
to
one
another
–
and
thereby
opening
 up
eyes
and
dispelling
myths
in
the
process.
They
may
live
in
different
 circumstances,
but
they
all
need
to
develop
the
confidence
and
the
leadership
skills
 to
become
engaged
global
citizens.”
 To
learn
more
about
the
Global
Citizen
Corps,
visit
www.globalcitizencorps.org.
 About
Mercy
Corps:

 Mercy
Corps
helps
people
in
the
world’s
toughest
places
turn
the
crises
of
natural
 disaster,
poverty
and
conflict
into
opportunities
for
progress.
Driven
by
local
needs
 and
market
conditions,
our
programs
provide
communities
with
the
tools
and
 support
they
need
to
transform
their
own
lives.
Our
worldwide
team
of
3,700
 professionals
is
improving
the
lives
of
16.7
million
people
in
more
than
40
 countries.
For
more
information,
see
www.mercycorps.org.

 About
ROTA:
 Reach
Out
To
Asia
(ROTA)
is
a
Qatar‐based
non‐profit
organization
that
empowers
 local
communities
by
providing
access
to
quality
primary
and
secondary
education
 to
children
affected
by
crisis
across
Asia.
ROTA
operates
under
the
auspices
of
the
 Qatar
Foundation
for
Education,
Science,
and
Community
Development
and
is
 chaired
by
Her
Excellency
Sheikha
Al‐Mayassa
bint
Hamad
bin
Khalifa
Al
Thani.
 Since
its
founding,
ROTA
and
its
partners
have
built
or
rehabilitated
more
than
60
 schools
in
five
countries,
provided
educational
access
to
more
than
13,000
students
 and
trained
more
than
1,000
teachers.

For
more
information,
see
 www.reachouttoasia.org.