Tennessee GSIS Students Launch New & Improved Campaigns

our annual partnership with the Tennessee Governor's School For International Studies

Posted by OBS Team on June 22nd, 2018

The University of Memphis serves as the host of the Governor's School for International Studies, which takes place on the UofM Campus each year during the month of June. Some of the brightest high school students from across the state of Tennessee participate in this program each year, and our organization serves as the nonprofit parter for the student's service day.

This year, the students split into two groups and focused on the following campaigns for our organization:

1. Designing the much-anticipated fundraising campaign for the first high school in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan.

2. Redesigning and updating our advocacy campaign to get The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158) through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Here are a few photos from the day:

By the end of the day, the students had not only designed the fundraising campaign for the high school and revamped our S.1158 campaign, they had also actively particpated in both!

In just a few minutes, they had started fundraising pages and raised the first $1,500+ for the high school. SEE THE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN »

They also signed our updated petition for S.1158 and asked other Tennesseans to do the same online, bringing us close to 500 signatures total. Then, they called Senator Corker's Tennessee and D.C. offices asking him to move a specific version of the bill through committee with no further amendments. SEE THE ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN »

Their impact will continue growing in the days, weeks, and months ahead as we roll these opportunities out to our wider movement. We would like to thank all of the students, the University of Memphis, the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Governor's School program for partnering with us for another incredible year.  

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The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is working to accelerate their ability to generate lasting change through storytelling and movement-building, education and emergency response, and grassroots advocacy programs.

Here are three simple and effective ways you can directly empower the Sudanese people:

1. Stand For Education. Don't just check out the fundraising campaign for the upcoming high school these amazing students started. Join it! You can start an online fundraising page and help us reach our goal. The more the merrier. BECOME A FUNDRAISER »

2. Make A Donation. If you can't give a few minutes of your time by fundraising, you can still pitch in towards the new high school! GIVE HERE »

3. Live in Tennessee? We need your help. There is a Senate version of the Elie Wiesel Genocide & Atrocities Prevention Act, S.1158. A third of the Senate has cosponsored S.1158, and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) is now allowing the bill to move forwards in his committee on June 26, 2018. We need you to call his office right nowTAKE ACTION »

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