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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, July 13, 2015

Gabija Safranavicius Selected to Serve on ONE Campaign’s Student Advisory Board in Washington, DC

Washington – The international advocacy organization ONE Campaign’s college activism engagement program ONE Campus will host 16 of its top student leaders from 14 colleges and universities to serve on the ONE Student Advisory Board from July 5-9. Over the course of five days in Washington, DC, the Board will help staff strategize and plan new campaigns actions for over 150 campus chapters, engage in current campaigns such as the fight to end energy poverty, and enjoy a backstage VIP experience with rock band Imagine Dragons.
Safranavicius, a rising sophomore at University of California-Berkeley from Santa Barbara, California, will be on this year’s Student Advisory Board. As leader of her campus chapter, Safranavicius led an incredible spring campaign around building awareness of the importance of 2015 in the international development community and around energy poverty. In one event, the ONE chapter at Berkeley collected 121 personalized handwritten letters to Senator Bob Corker (TN) to introduce the Senate version of the Electrify Africa Act.
Laurie Moskowitz, Senior Director of US Campaigns, says:
“College students bring a powerful and passionate voice to the global fight against extreme poverty, and have made a historic difference in persuading American lawmakers to confront some of the world’s most difficult challenges.
“The ONE Campaign’s campus programs engage students who want to make a difference in the world.
ONE’s Student Advisory Board brings together the best and the brightest of ONE’s student activists to provide crucial insight and shape the organization’s campus work. We’re really excited for this year’s talented Student Advisory Board members to bring their ideas to Washington.”
The students on this year’s ONE Student Advisory Board were selected because of their skills as on-campus organizers around ONE’s mission of ending extreme poverty, plus their eagerness to continue to make ONE Campus a premiere program for engaging students and young people wishing to join the fight against extreme poverty.
In DC, the Student Advisory Board will meet and present their accomplishments to ONE staff, including US Executive Director Tom Hart. The students will also spend an afternoon on Capitol Hill, meeting with members of Congress to discuss the Electrify Africa Act (HR 2847), which if passed would bring first-time electricity access to 50 million people living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly seven million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Not politically partisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs.
ONE Campus strives to combine the crucial elements of advocacy campaigns with the energy and activism unique to the college experience. Through action-oriented challenges, students, faculty, and alumni join together to take meaningful advocacy actions that urge political leaders to support programs that are saving lives and creating sustainable futures in the developing world every day.
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Contact

Ian Koski at ian.koski@one.org or 202-495-2796

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