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SEED Student Selected As Resolution Fellow at Clinton Global Initiative University

March 17, 2015

Anderson Lima  
Anderson Lima

Ten Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) students at St. Louis Community College recently attended Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U).

Students included Johnny Campos from Mexico, Chedeline Nemorin, Westenior Valmera and Cynthia Chery from Haiti, Anderson Lima and Byron Castillo from Guatemala, Hadson Jarquin from Nicaragua, Astrid Carmona from Honduras as well as Ninosca Mercedes and Marian Quezada from the Dominican Republic.

Nearly 1,000 students attended the CGI U at the University of Miami. CGI U focuses on five areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

Four of the students also applied to the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, a challenge that provides start-up funding for community service projects. Lima and Mercedes were selected as semi-finalists. Their projects were Casa de Áak, dedicated to saving sea turtles in Champerico, Guatemala; and Home Grown Goodness, educating a community in the Dominican Republic about the importance of a healthy diet, and teaching them how to grow organic gardens.

“They had to present their projects soon after arriving in Miami,” said Susan McKnight, SEED coordinator at STLCC. “Anderson Lima was selected as a finalist, and had to present his project to a panel of judges.

Lima was selected as a Resolution Fellow, and will receive approximately $4,000 to invest in his project.

Casa de Áak was also selected by CGI U as a featured commitment and will be highlighted on the CGI U website.

“Anderson’s project was described during one of the sessions, and he was called up on stage to be photographed with the speakers and presented a certificate,” McKnight said.

Lima was also invited to exhibit his project during an exchange session.

“When I received an email that I had been selected to attend CGI U as a featured commitment, I was proud that my hard work was paying off,” said Lima. “I am passionate about helping to save the sea turtles in my community and to improve the economy through tourism."

Lima said he was honored to represent both STLCC and Guatemala at the conference.

“I even had the opportunity to meet President Clinton,” he added.

Launched in 2007 by former President Bill Clinton, CGI U aims to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world by encouraging them to develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Students are required to develop their own commitment to action plan as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U. The students submitted their respective plans and were selected to be a part of a group of future leaders that hail from more than 90 countries.