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Students making change; Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting

Posted: Updated: March 22, 2014 05:28 PM
PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

More than one-thousand students from around the world are at the Clinton Global Initiative university meeting.

From installing natural solar water light systems in Nepal to building weather resistant homes made from recycled plastic bottles in Haiti.

Those are just some of the things college students involved in the Clinton Global Initiative university meetings are working on.

"I am studying global studies public service policy public business administration and Arabic," said Kaitlyn Fitzgerald.

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald is one of the many ASU students, were selected to attend the meetings held at ASU this weekend.

To get accepted, students have to apply with a commitment plan to address some of the world's most pressing challenges.

"My commitment is to provide an opportunity for volunteers from abroad experiences to leverage their experiences to provide scholarships in the communities that they've served in order to have a lasting impact," said Fitzgerald.

Not only are students from ASU, but there are students from more than 50 states and 75 countries.

"So we are going to develop the first mobile network that will actually allow students to report bullying incidents on the spot through picture video or text message it actually has a GPS tracker located to that which is directly sent to the schools and administrators," said Hediya Sizar from New York University.

"It's a beekeeping initiative, and so we have beehives already that exist on campus we want to connect the beehives with a community garden project," said Kathie Pollard from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Throughout the three day seminar, students hear from the Clinton family, from business and non-profit leaders.

They learn how to build a team, how to market and raise money for their cause.

More than 750-thousand dollars will be given to select students to help get their projects off the ground.

"It's very inspiring to be here with all the students from around the world because we get to hear about their passions and really get to recognize we are all here part of a movement a movement for social change that's being driven by college students worldwide," said Fitzgerald.

Senator John McCain and former representative Gabrielle Giffords are also taking part in the three day meetings.

Tomorrow closes the event with a morning of community service where participants volunteer with nearly a dozen local community organizations working on everything from urban agriculture to mural painting.

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