SEARCY, Ark., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Fourteen cities. Seven days. One
movement. The Encouragement Foundation will celebrate this year's National Day
of Encouragement with the first ever "7 Days Across America" campaign
showcasing the encouraging actions of today's youth. The tour will launch
September 5 in San Francisco and conclude with the selection of the winner of
a $5,000 college scholarship and commemoration of the third annual National
Day of Encouragement in New York City on September 12.
"'7 Days Across America' was created to challenge the negative stereotype of
teenagers today," said Andrew Baker, executive director of the Encouragement
Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness about the
benefits of encouraging others. "The campaign will honor teenagers who are
positive influences. We hope their stories of generosity, sacrifice, and
compassion will motivate others to become lights of encouragement by getting
involved in their own schools and communities."
The movement will visit 14 U.S. cities in seven days and spotlight stories of
young people who are striving to make a difference in the world. Thus far,
among the youth involved are Ashlee Smith (10) of Reno, NV, who founded
Ashlee's Toy Closet which collects toys, books and clothes and donates them to
children who have lost their homes by fire, natural disaster or economic
crisis; Fernandez-Han (15), of Houston, TX, who developed the VERSATILE system
that treats waste, fights greenhouse gases and produces food, fuel and oxygen;
and Vinay Trevedi (18), of Philadelphia, who honored his grandfather by
founding Senior Link, an organization through which young people help
residents of senior homes feel more connected to society by teaching them the
skills necessary to use computers and the Internet.
The tour includes stops in San Francisco, CA (September 5); Reno, NV
(September 5); Phoenix, AZ (September 6); Denver, CO (September 6); Oklahoma
City, OK (September 7); Houston, TX (September 7); Dallas, TX (September 8);
Little Rock, AR (September 8); Chicago, IL (September 9); Detroit, MI
(September 9); Nashville, TN (September 10); Atlanta, GA (September 10);
Philadelphia, PA (September 11), and New York City (local event September 11,
national celebration, September 12). Local events will be held at local
attractions compliments of CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc., and other popular
locations and will feature an awards ceremony and reception for the local
Inspiring stories will be posted at www.7daysacrossamerica.com each day and
the public will be encouraged to vote for the youth that most inspires them.
Finalists will be flown to New York for the finale, compliments of Southwest
The young person chosen as most encouraging and inspiring will receive a
scholarship awarded by a panel of judges at the National Day of Encouragement
celebration at Town Hall Theater in New York City. The September 12
celebration will also include the premiere of "One Drop," a documentary
created by a group of teenagers that illustrates the impact of clean water on
the lives of people around the world, created by Wishing Well Water for the
World, an organization aiming to provide clean water to developing nations.
Conceptualized in June, 2007 by a group of students at the National Leadership
Forum, an experiential leadership camp for teenagers from around the country,
at Harding University in Searcy, AR, the National Day of Encouragement works
to remedy the discouragement "epidemic" prevalent in schools and in society,
which, according to the teens, can be the root of serious problems, including
drugs and alcohol. The students unanimously agreed that a day set aside to
encourage others would be the first step to combating discouragement and
making the world a better place. For more information on "7 Days Across
America" and the National Day of Encouragement, see
ABOUT THE ENCOURAGEMENT FOUNDATION
The Encouragement Foundation exists to raise awareness about the benefits of
encouraging others. The foundation provides tools and resources to create
opportunities to encourage. The foundation also strives to challenge people of
all ages to make encouraging others part of their daily lives. For more
information, visit http://www.letsencourage.com/.
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Editor's note: B-roll and interviews with youth and National Day of
Encouragement leadership are available.