The Action Center to End World Hunger will open on October 16, 2008, World Food Day at which point Mercy Corps will launch all of their programming targeting educators, school groups, youth, residents, and tourists to New York City. The web sites, ActionCenter.org and GlobalCitizenCorps.org, have a national and global reach and will engage a diverse set of audiences. Programming and outreach to educator, youth, and other audiences will be ongoing.
Mercy Corps will use three primary tools to enable people to connect to information and actions that can drive global change:
- The Action Center to End World Hunger in Lower Manhattan
- Inspiring and training youth leadership to work for global change
- Issue-oriented campaigning for policies that reduce poverty and hunger.
The Action Center will feature highly interactive, media-rich exhibits that explain the complex causes of hunger and poverty and provide a platform for direct action. Visitors, including school groups, will view dispatches from the field and explore topics on touch-screen training towers that range from improving nutritional practices in schools to educating girls in conflict situations. For example, the Training Tower exhibit on Indonesia features a healthy schools initiative that promotes better nutrition and hygiene by introducing fortified soymilk, de-worming of children, community education to address key behaviors related to nutrition, and the importance of functioning latrines and hand-washing facilities. Visitors who "Train for Action" can specifically ask their legislators to support legislation such as the Education for All Act, which includes funding for school feeding programs, or urge the President to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Action Center will provide roadmaps for involvement depending on the investment of time people can make. If you have a minute, you may be invited to give a gift of a children's food kit. If you have an hour, you may be invited to defend a child's right to attend school. If you have a lifetime, you may be invited to invest responsibly or reduce your carbon footprint.
Mercy Corps recognizes the enormous energy and passion that young people bring to the cause of reducing global poverty and building a more just world. Through the Global Citizen Corps, the agency works with diverse teens nationwide who want the tools, knowledge, activities, recognition, and committed adult guidance to turn passion into action. By organizing and inspiring young people, Mercy Corps is enabling them to make a difference today and become leaders for tomorrow.
The Action Center to End World Hunger complements Mercy Corps' community-led and market-driven relief and development programs and seeks to further advance Mercy Corps' mission of creating secure, productive, and just communities around the world. By informing and activating citizens on the "home front", the initiative enables them to address some of the key structural and political factors at the global level that are so central to the challenges we wrestle with every day at the community level.
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