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New Orleans-Based Nonprofit Kicks Off National Tour to Take Message of Volunteerism Directly to the American People.

Amid Soaring Crime and Battered Infrastructure, the Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps Triggers 'Call to Action' Campaign to Rebuild Youth Social Services That Remain Devastated From Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps:

WHAT:

Official kickoff of national "call to action" road tour of the New Orleans-based Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps (GYAC). In an emotional gathering, the nonprofit will rally college-student volunteers and civic-minded corporations and individuals to sponsor a grassroots effort to rebuild youth recreational and social services that were destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. With soaring crime and failing infrastructure, the GYAC is taking its message directly to the American people -- to help restore hope to the kids of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. It is a region that is in the painful throes of recovery. For more information, visit http://www.thegyac.org/.

The event: screening of "Still Weathering the Storm" -- a documentary film highlighting children's poignant personal Hurricane Katrina stories; a presentation by Dr. Kyshun Webster, an author and certified teacher, who formed the GYAC in the wake of the catastrophic storms in 2005. In addition to discussing the program, Dr. Webster will address the situation on the ground in New Orleans and the need to restore and sustain youth services as soon as possible; a Q&A session featuring GYAC campers. Two of the students who will be traveling with Dr. Webster are 11-year-old Tyre Brown and 12-year-old Yorel Moon.
 WHEN:
 FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 2007 FROM 11 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M.

 WHERE:
 University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Coffman Memorial Union Theatre

 WHO:



Operation REACH, Inc., Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps (http://www.thegyac.org/), college and university students and officials, National Youth Leadership Council, members of the media and other business and civic leaders.

CONTACT: Peter Wendel, +1-202-380-5120, pwendel@directdesigncommunications.com, for Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps

Web site: http://www.thegyac.org/
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