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YSA (Youth Service America) and Festival of Children Foundation announce that Beatrice Hill, 21, of West Fargo, will serve as a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador. As one of 51 Youth Ambassadors -- selected from all 50 states plus Washington D.C. - Hill will receive funding and training to lead a campaign to address the educational and acculturational needs of New American students, as well as increase the knowledge and understanding of cross-cultural relationships within the Grand Forks community.

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Hill is a senior at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, studying Secondary English Education and Honors, with an English Language Learner (ELL) certificate.  As a part of the Honors Program, she has participated in a myriad of service projects in the Grand Forks community. Her favorite project continues to be tutoring/mentoring ELL students at an area high school.  For the past two years, she has been the student coordinator for this specific project.  She also serves as a Peer Service Mentor for the Honors Program, helping and guiding new students to the program as they begin their own service projects; and is beginning her third year as a Resident Assistant (RA) for the university, and enjoying it very much. 

Hill's work as an ambassador began in September when she travels to Washington, D.C., for leadership training and a networking event on Capitol Hill. She then returns home to implement a new youth mentoring program, sponsored by the Global Friends Coalition (GFC), a local community organization that works towards better integration between New Americans and the Grand Forks community, between New American students at Red River High School and young adult Grand Forks community members. The mentoring program will include tutoring as well as attending outside of school activities, in order to address the educational and acculturational needs of the New American students.

Now in its fifth year, National Child Awareness Month is an initiative spearheaded by Festival of Children Foundation to raise awareness about issues affecting children and encourage the nation's youth to take action. Senate Resolution 522, sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), officially designates September 2012 as National Child Awareness Month.

The National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador program is a newly created initiative of YSA and Festival of Children Foundation. The 51 Youth Ambassadors will work in their communities, and form a collective network to raise awareness around issues important to young people. Youth Ambassadors receive a national-level platform for their cause; a $1,000 grant to develop a service project his or her home state; ongoing training, project and technical assistance support; and networking opportunities with other Youth Ambassadors across the country.

Hill was selected through a competitive application process, and chosen based on the quality of her project proposal and its potential to create substantive, large-scale change on behalf of young people in the Grand Forks area. A complete list of all 51 Youth Ambassadors and their project plans is available http://www.ysa.org/grants/NCAM.

"As a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador, Hill has a unique opportunity to serve as a leader of today," said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA, a leader in the youth service movement. "YSA and Festival of Children Foundation look forward to supporting Hill as she works to create positive change in the lives of young people in Grand Forks."

Celebrating 25 years of youth changing the world, YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5 to 25, serving in substantive roles. Through international campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service; funding and grants programs; resource development; and training opportunities, YSA promotes a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. For more information, visit www.YSA.org.

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