Friday, February 8, 2013

Press Release/Public Service Announcement: University YMCA Seeks Global Partnerships

For Immediate Release, February 8th, 2013

Who: University YMCA of the University of Illinois, engaging people in service, reflection, and action since 1873.

What: The University YMCA announces that the International Program Committee will hold an informational meeting on the application process for the University Y’s request for global partnerships.

When: Wednesday February 13th, 2013 at 4pm.

Where: University YMCA, Wahl Room, (Second Floor), 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Details: The informational meeting, coordinated by the University Y’s International Committee, will concern the initial application that describes the project, its impact, and potential.  That initial application is due March 1, 2013.  A small number of finalists will be selected and asked to submit a full proposal for consideration. Organizations and individuals, including students, faculty, staff, departments and units at the University of Illinois, including Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), are invited to submit proposal suggestions now through the online application. The University Y also encourages proposal suggestions from community groups, other YMCAs, and NGOs. 

Background:  For nearly 100 years, the University YMCA has played an active role on the University of Illinois campus welcoming international students and promoting cultural exchange. With a recent gift of $300,000 from the Cosmopolitan Club, the University YMCA is seeking to expand and strengthen its programs on Global Engagement.  Specifically, the University Y is seeking to develop new partnerships that are innovative, sustainable, and promote growth and cross-community cooperation, including groups beyond Urbana-Champaign.  

Proposals are being sought that contain new, bold and creative ideas for global engagement and can come from a broad cross section of student, university, and community constituencies, which share the Y’s values and mission. The aim of this partnership program is to combine Y resources with those of partner groups to develop new global initiatives that will maximize the converging goals of both organizations in ways that would not be possible if each were acting alone. 

For more information, contact: Mike Doyle, Executive Director
[217-352-6533 or]

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