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Jun 20
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St, Champaign, Illinois

You are invited to join campus and community members on Monday, June 20, 2016 beginning at 5pm at the University of Illinois YMCA to learn more about global service opportunities in Sierra Leone.

The University of Illinois YMCA is hosting Christian Kamara, the CEO/National Secretary of the YMCA of Sierra Leone, Mr. Kamara will share about the work they do in Sierra Leone and the U of I YMCA will discuss and explore possible collaborations. The event takes place at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St, Champaign, Illinois and is free and open to the public.

Click here to RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/slymca.

The YMCA of the University of Illinois is currently in the process of establishing a partnership with the YMCA of Sierra Leone that focuses on a mutually-beneficial international service-learning exchange program that aligns with the University YMCA’s mission. Today, with a growing number of college students pursuing international service-learning experiences as part of their education, the Sierra Leone YMCA partnership aims to give youth in Sierra Leone and in Illinois the tools to develop into culturally competent leaders in global service. The exploration of this partnership stems from the University Y's partnership with the University of Illinois Global Health Initiative in Sierra Leone, with the aim of developing more cause-driven leadership opportunities to youth throughout Sierra Leone and at the University of Illinois.

Serving 23 communities across the country, the YMCA of Sierra Leone’s programs promote youth and young adult development in the areas of civic education, community health, human rights, prison justice, job training, and agricultural development. The heart of the Y's youth education efforts lies in developing cause-driven leadership, serving low-income communities and advocating for social change. To learn more about the work of the YMCA of Sierra Leone, visit: http://www.sierraleoneymca.org/programme-focus/

To learn more about the Sierra Leone Partnership, please visit: http://www.universityymca.org/global/slymca/ or contact Megan Flowers, megan@universityymca.org, 217-337-1500 or La Linea, lalinea@universityymca.org, 217-337-1533.