San Diego, CA, January 07, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- David Hines, a twelfth-grade student at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, recently returned from Atlanta, Georgia, after attending People to People International’s (PTPI) ninth annual Global Youth Forum (GYF). Hines was one of more than 200 students worldwide, ages 13-18, who took part in the forum, which was devoted to the theme “Global Health – Can you help PTPI find the solution?” Hines was the only delegate from the U.S. selected to serve on the conference's International Student Panel (ISP) and was honored to receive the coveted PTPI CEO Award.
GYF delegates are committed to PTPI’s mission of promoting international understanding and friendship among the world’s people, and arrived at the forum prepared to learn how they can work together with peers from around the world to create a better, brighter and greener future. During the course of five days, delegates worked through a curriculum that broadened their understanding of various health-related issues and the impact they have on communities around the world. This was Hines’ third year of participation in GYF.
The ISP was comprised of seven students who shared their worldviews with GYF delegates during the ISP session. Hines' fellow ISP panel members hailed from Cambodia, Egypt, Morocco, Poland, and Serbia. Students spoke about their lives and the culture and health-related customs of their countries before participating in a question and answer session with GYF delegates.
A variety of speakers joined the delegates to share their expertise. Conference attendees also spent a day volunteering at MedShare, where they helped prepare huge amounts of medical supplies for shipment to people in need all over the world.
Following PTPI, Hines was awarded a scholarship to participate in the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) Citizen Diplomacy Program for Emerging Leaders. As a participant, Hines will attend the NCIV 50th Anniversary Gala, as well as the National Meeting in Washington, DC, at the JW Marriott Hotel. In addition, Hines will assist in hosting a foreign Washington, DC-based diplomat at the annual NCIV Luncheon. The students will be asked to create a short film defining citizen diplomacy to be used to attract the next generation of citizen diplomats.
Hines is the sole recipient of the 2010 CEO Award, an award given by the PTPI CEO to an individual or group within or outside the organization. There is no nomination process and the selection of recipients of this award lies entirely in the hands of the CEO, Mary Eisenhower. Previous recipients include Ambassador & Mrs. Charles Hostler (2008) and the Central and Eastern European Law Institute (1996).
“I’m truly honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the Global Youth Forum, ISP, NCIV Citizen Diplomacy Program for Emerging Leaders, and to be recognized with the CEO Award,” said Hines. “We think we have to go to formal conferences to debate and discuss diplomacy, when in reality, we can get involved right in our very own communities. During my time at Pacific Ridge School, I’ve learned that you can go out into the world and experience global issues first-hand. I have ambitions to be a diplomat or an ambassador. My time at the NCIV Citizen Diplomacy Program for Emerging Leaders will be an incredible opportunity to learn about the many careers available in Washington, DC, where I would someday like to call home. I feel passionately about leadership and about putting a face to diplomacy.”
Hines has applied for both a scholarship through PTPI and a trip to South Africa in summer 2011. For more information about People to People International, visit www.ptpi.org. For more information about Pacific Ridge School, visit www.pacificridge.org.
About People to People International:
People to People International, with World Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 11, 1956 to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures. Today, as a [501 (c)(3)], PTPI has a presence in 135 countries with more than 80,000 families and individuals actively participating in People to People International programs. Visit www.ptpi.org for more information.
About Pacific Ridge School:
Opened in the fall of 2007, Pacific Ridge School is a non‐profit, independent middle and high school located in the North County, San Diego. With the distinctive mission of building a community that fosters academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement, Pacific Ridge offers a first-rate educational experience to prepare students for college and a purposeful life. For more information, visit www.pacificridge.org. Pacific Ridge School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other administered programs.