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'7 Days Across America' Campaign Honors Teens Making a Difference in Their Communities
Date:9/1/2009

Phoenix, AZ (September 6); Denver, CO (September 6); Oklahoma City, OK (September 7); Houston, TX (September 7); Dallas, TX (September 8); Little Rock, AR (September 8); Chicago, IL (September 9); Detroit, MI (September 9); Nashville, TN (September 10); Atlanta, GA (September 10); Philadelphia, PA (September 11), and New York City (local event September 11, national celebration, September 12). Local events will be held at local attractions compliments of CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc., and other popular locations and will feature an awards ceremony and reception for the local youth.

Inspiring stories will be posted at www.7daysacrossamerica.com each day and the public will be encouraged to vote for the youth that most inspires them. Finalists will be flown to New York for the finale, compliments of Southwest Airlines.

The young person chosen as most encouraging and inspiring will receive a scholarship awarded by a panel of judges at the National Day of Encouragement celebration at Town Hall Theater in New York City. The September 12 celebration will also include the premiere of "One Drop," a documentary created by a group of teenagers that illustrates the impact of clean water on the lives of people around the world, created by Wishing Well Water for the World, an organization aiming to provide clean water to developing nations.

Conceptualized in June, 2007 by a group of students at the National Leadership Forum, an experiential leadership camp for teenagers from around the country, at Harding University in Searcy, AR, the National Day of Encouragement works to remedy the discouragement "epidemic" prevalent in schools and in society, which, according to the teens, can be the root of serious problems, including drugs and alcohol. The students unanimously agreed that a day set aside to encourage others would be
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