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Campus Challenge: It’s On!

Hello everyone,

The White House has launched an exciting new challenge for college and university students!

The Campus Champions of Change Challenge invites college and university students from across the country to demonstrate how their student-led project is improving their campus community and helping America win the future.

“All Across America, college and university students are helping our country out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world,” said President Obama. “I hope this challenge shines a light on their efforts, and inspires Americans of all ages to get involved in their communities.”

Find out more about the challenge and make sure to submit your campus organization at WhiteHouse.gov/CampusChallenge before the deadline on Friday, December 9, 2011. Following the application deadline, the White House will select 15 finalists based on input from a panel of judges. The public will then have an opportunity to weigh in on the projects they think best embody the President’s goal to win the future. The top five finalists will be named Campus Champions of Change and will be invited to the White House in the spring of 2012 and highlighted on mtvU and MTV Act.

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after arriving at the University of Colorado Denver campus, in Denver, Colo., Oct. 26, 2011. The President delivered remarks on the steps the Administration is taking to increase college affordability by making it easier to manage student loan debt. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The recent student loan reform announcement was part of President Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign, an initiative to do as much as he can through his executive powers. Be sure to check out how the President’s student loan plan will help you.

And now for your weekly update:

For the Win

Maren Johnson, a junior at Watertown High School in Watertown, SD, describes how she spreads the word on the importance of washing hands and using soap.

Women Working to do Good

This week’s profile features a teacher who puts her students first. Ninive Calegari started one of the most innovative organizations in education today and did so with teachers in mind.

The Month Ahead

Happy National Entrepreneurship Month everyone!

This week marks the beginning of National Entrepreneurship Month and we are very excited here at the White House. In his proclamation, President Obama writes, “The task of making America competitive throughout the 21st century is a job for all of us. By cultivating innovation on our college and university campuses, we can inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.”

Over the next month, we will be holding several entrepreneurship events here at the White House and roundtables across the nation, celebrating the fact that startups created 44 million jobs over the past three decades. Look out for these local events with the Small Business Administration:

  • Wednesday, Nov 9th – Rural entrepreneurship in Ames, IA
  • Thursday, Nov 17th – Minority Serving Institutions in Charlotte, NC
  • Tuesday, Nov 29th – Native American Young Entrepreneurs in Tahlequah, OK
  • Thursday, December 1st- Young entrepreneurship in Milwaukee, WI

If your organization or group would like to host an Entrepreneur Roundtable let me know.

Have a great rest of the week and remember to send in your Campus Champions of Change Challenge submissions. This is an amazing opportunity to highlight the great work that you are all doing and that I have heard so much about. I cannot wait to read your submissions!

R. Cho

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