IDEAS For Us | March 30, 2014

IDEAS Returns to CGI U 2014, Following 2010 Commitment

IDEAS returns for 4th consecutive year as official member organization for CGIU 2014 after making commitment in 2010.

In April 2010, Chris Castro, Viktor Elsaieh, Hank Harding, Meghan Maloney, Samantha Ruiz, and Meg Ryan got accepted to 2010 Clinton Global Initiative University at the University of Miami to represent IDEAS, and our commitment to action to make a handful of IDEAS chapters into a youth-led movement to advance sustainability and climate action goals around the World. The three-day conference, held at UM, drew more than 1,300 students from 83 countries and all 50 states, along with university presidents, administrators, and national youth leaders, to discuss and devise strategies to make the world a better place.


Towards the end, the volunteer service project was the culmination of President Bill Clinton’s third CGIU. Among the issues addressed: education, the environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty, and global health.


“You really do have the power to change the world, and you don’t have to be wealthy to do it. The most important thing to have is an idea and a strategy to implement it,” Clinton told thousands of students at the opening plenary, before calling to the stage a group of students to recognize them for starting service projects, dubbed “Commitments to Action,” which are at the heart of his CGI U initiative.


Earlier this month in March 2014, IDEAS For Us was selected to participate for the 2014 CGIU at Arizona State University, as an official CGIU Member and Youth Organization, represented by our co-founder Chris Castro. This year we also welcomed IDEAS For UCF leader and Solar-powered DJ, Will Chorvat (aka DJ Chill Will), accompanied by Kyle Kortum from USF, who was selected as a returning commitment maker for his innovative to bring renewable energy and S.T.E.M. education in K-12 schools.


DJ Chill Will, Kyle Kortum, and Chris Castro participated in break-out events, represented on a panel for Global Climate Change & the Environment, tabled in the CGIU Exchange expo, developed new partnerships and connections, and recruited new chapters + affiliates to join the IDEAS network!


We look forward to future partnerships with CGIU in 2014 and 2015.

– IDEAS for Us