Local civic leaders gather at Regis University to mentor youth during World Affairs Challenge

April 04, 2014

DENVER (April 4, 2014) – More than 3 million people every year die from water-related disease, and many millions more do not have access to clean water. To discuss this critical global challenge, local and global civic leaders will gather Saturday, April 5 at Regis University to mentor Denver middle schoolers during the annual World Affairs Challenge.

The World Affairs Challenge is an intergenerational event bringing together alumni, current students, local young people, business leaders and more, to inspire young people to take an interest, and strive for positive change, in critical global issues. This year’s challenge focuses on water accessibility. The Challenge, sponsored by Regis and held on-campus in Denver, brings middle school students to the University to meet with local leaders, display their presentations, participate in team competitions, and have fun while learning among fellow students from schools across Denver.

Speakers include Gov. John Hickenlooper’s deputy chief of staff, Jamie Van Leeuwen, at 8:25 a.m.; Nancy Tomkowicz, chief financial officer of the One Acre Fund, at 9:40 a.m.; and Doug Vilsack, executive director of the Posner Center for International Development at 2:50 p.m.

Performers include Brer Rabbit, a hip-hop artist and part of the well-known group the Flobots, at 9:10 a.m. Brer is an East High School graduate and passionate about engaging students in social justice. More than two dozen Regis University students are volunteering for the event.

To view images from a March 2014 WAC event with local high schoolers, and to access a short story about the April 5 event, visit www.dropbox.com/sh/lgkhv2x6iefgwc8/MMsPNnC-kn.

Contact: Cindy Matthews