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December 28, 2016

Providence Journal (Rhode Island)

URI business students take top prize in national marketing contest
Social media campaign by student team targeted millennials
 
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December 20, 2016

URI Today (University of Rhode Island)

URI business team takes first place in national marketing challenge
The Social Media for Marketing class was one of 20 to compete in the 2016 Acura ILX Marketing Challenge for a campaign to reach the millennial marketplace. The class won first place and Acura awarded the University a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of the team’s achievement.
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December 2016

University of Rhode Island News

Performance Driven
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December 19, 2016

University of New Mexico Newsroom

UNM Anderson School marketing students shine on a national stage
“Marketing students at The University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management had a strong showing against 19 other universities placing second in the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge held recently.”
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December 19, 2016

Universita’ di Cagliari News

React team headed to Washington, D.C. finals
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December 17, 2016

American Security Today

Special P2P Opportunity: Challenging Extremism Program”
“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plays an integral role in the nation’s efforts to counter violent extremism. To strengthen this role, DHS has partnered with EdVenture Partners and Facebook to expand the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism Program (P2P) in an effort to engage the academic community in its countering violent extremism efforts.”
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December 17, 2016

Mladina (Slovenia)

Media as a fear inducer
 
“The main focus of our campaign and Fear Index isn’t to criticise the way media writes or to change the way individuals think, but to offer an independent tool, which would encourage people to think again about what they read.”
 
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December 14, 2016

Times of Oman

“We love the fact that young people are now becoming part of the solution,” said Tony Sgro, EdVenture Partners CEO.
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December 13, 2016

BU Today (Boston University)

Fighting Extremism Social Media with Social Media
BU class campaign against online recruitment in US-sponsored competition
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December 12, 2016

The Pine Log

SFA Combats Extremism
Recently, SFA students in the Rusche College of Business hosted an on-campus event to help educate attendees about violent extremism as part of a worldwide collegiate competition.
 
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December 9, 2016

U.S. News & World Report

Facebook wants college students to block extremism
 
“As concerns swirl over hate speech and trolls on social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, efforts to combat these problems hardly go unnoticed. But Facebook’s latest endeavor in this arena is unique. The social network has partnered with EdVentures Partners and the State Department for the groups’ ‘Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism’ competition approximately one year ago, where college students work to fight extremism through online campaigns as part of the contest.”
 
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December 8, 2016

Business Insider

Facebook is tapping college students to fight trolls and extremists
 
Excerpt: About a year ago, Facebook teamed up with EdVenture Partners and the U.S. State Department to help support their competition, “Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism.” Through the competition, college students around the world come up with online campaigns to help counter extremism.
 
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December 7, 2016

The Nation (Pakistan)

Peace: Promote education and combat extremism
 
“As part of the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism (P2P) project, a group of students from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) have launched a campaign by the name of PEACE, which is an acronym for Promote Education and Combat Extremism.”
 
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December 6, 2016

Daily Observer (Gambia)

“UTG’s Peer-to-Peer: Challenging Extremism Online Launched”
 
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December 6, 2016

Illyria (The Albanian-American Newspaper)

Kosovar and American Students Challenge Extremism – Through Stories
 
“During the Fall 2016 semester, a team of George Mason University students decided to take a different approach by focusing on stories. They organized a peer-to-peer project around an effort to disrupt and complicate overly simplistic violent extremist narratives.”
 
 
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December 5, 2016

Lebanon Emigrants Guide

Campaign launched to counter extremism and raise awareness in Lebanese society.
 
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December 1, 2016

Burnaby Now

SFU Burnaby class launched campaign to fight violent extremism online

 
 “An SFU criminology professor and cybercrime researcher decided to run one of his classes a little differently this year. Instead of participating in the usual lectures, discussions and presentations, Richard Frank’s advanced issues in cybercrime class launched a multi-faceted social media campaign to combat violent extremism and radicalization online.”
 
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Nov - Dec 2016

OSCE Counter-Terrorism Network (CTN) Newsletter No. 113

“Slovenia’s University of Ljubljana wins Peer-2-Peer OSCE ‘Challenging extremism’ competition in Hamburg”
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November 29, 2016

The Indian Express

Better prepared than ever: Devendra Fadnavis at 26/11 event
 
Tony Sgro, Founder and CEO of [EdVenture Partners], said Facebook will soon launch a model that empowers youth to create social media campaigns to make India safer. The ‘Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism’ model will help create a counter-narrative of extremism, intolerance and prejudice. “Who better than young people to create this counter-narrative,” said Tony. 
 
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November 30, 2016

UA News (University of Arizona)

Marketing Campaigns Give Eller Students a Real-World Taste
 
Excerpt: This fall, the class is structured around the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge, hosted by EdVenture (Partners). The company hosts the national advertising competition every semester, and this semester it has students across the nation — including those at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan — working on a campaign for the 2017 Acura ILX.
 
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November 29, 2016

The Indian Express

Saluting Stories of Courage
 
A panel discussion titled “Strength, Courage and Duty” was also held on the occasion and had as participants Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police Deven Bharti, US national Kia Scherr who lost her husband and daughter in the attack at the Oberoi Hotel, former journalist Sourav Mishra who survived the attack on Leopold Cafe, Rahul daCunha, Creative Head of daCunha Communications Pvt Ltd and Tony Sgro, Founder and CEO of EdVenture Partners. 
 
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November 27, 2016

NewsOK

UCO team fighting online extremism through competition
 
Excerpt: Communications students at the University of Central Oklahoma are helping the U.S. State Department fight terrorism. The group is developing a digital campaign challenging people to recognize online extremism and to combat it.
 
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November 23, 2016

KRGE News 13 (Albuquerque, NM)

UNM marketing students unveiled new advertising campaign [VIDEO]
 
Synopsis excerpt: The University of New Mexico (UNM) Anderson School of Management unveiled a new advertising campaign for the 2017 Acura ILX titled “Live Life in High Gear.” Marketing students, Kyle Biederwolf and John Orr, joined KRQE This Morning to talk about their hands-on experience. … The campaign is part of the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge, an industry–education partnership program. 
 
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November 21, 2016

Bulgaria On Air TV

Competition brings together students against terrorism [VIDEO]
 
Two South-West University students and their faculty advisor participated in the morning block of Bulgaria On Air, discussing the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism program and their “LotusS & Friends Against Extremism” (Love Opposes Terror: United Standing Strong) campaign. They were interviewed by Lora Indzhova and Simeon Belev who offered to become part of their cause. Interview highlights include: discussion of the importance of being aware, positive and tolerant of other cultures, and promotion of their essay/photo competition, “Hate speech through my eyes.”
 
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November 21, 2016

URI Today

URI business class forms agency to compete in national marketing challenge
 
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November 20, 2016

D’Cart Magazine

Without love what would life be? Admittedly, a disaster
 
Students at the Université de Carthage have created a student-led initiative called EndX.  As part of their campaign they have created a screening whose two main characters are completely different in their appearance, appearance, clothing style, their hobbies. However, they fall in love. This is to illustrate that “ Love is stronger than social constraints and rules founded by a certain mentality that forces similarity into love while it is better in difference.”
 
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November 18, 2016

Economia / Aktuálně / DVTV

“Turn your brain against propaganda. Bad information is as harmful as spoiled food,” warn students from Masaryk University who have developed the program “Choose Information” to improve media literacy and improve critical thinking among students. In this interview with Martin Veselovský, famous Czech political journalist, two student representatives discuss the school curriculum they have developed to improve media literacy among high school students throughout the Czech Republic. [VIDEO]
 
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November 17, 2016

LBC Europe

Evening News
 
ACT, a student-led initiative by Notre Dame University, holds a press conference to bring awareness of their campaign to counter violent extremism as part of their campaign launch.

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November 17, 2016

Lebanon Files

ACT: Students shout to counter extremism 
Students at Notre Dame University have created a campaign called ACT (Aspiration, Communication, Transformation) to counter violent extremism. They are working to “promote diversity from the country of diversity” and engaging with public figures to bring awareness. 
 
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November 15, 2016

Good Morning, Lithuania

 ISM-U. of Management and Economics was recently featured on “Good Morning, Lithuania,” one of the most popular television shows in-country. Two students and one faculty representative appear on the show (please jump to minute 32:10) to discuss their P2P campaign, Food For Thought, which is a multi-prong campaign aimed at a wide range of Lithuanian people including senior citizens, the young riflemen and religious groups. As a Social Research Methods course, they are continuously gathering data to guide their campaign strategies, and ultimately aim to provide their audience new information to shape and digest their understanding of tolerance and open-mindedness. [VIDEO]
 
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November 15, 2016

Bulgarian National Radio – Radio Blagoevgrad

The LotuS (Love Opposes Terror: United Standing Strong)
P2P team from South-West University was interviewed by Rossinka Prodanova on Bulgarian National Radio – Radio Blagoevgrad. They highlighted various elements from their campaign to challenge extremism, including the importance of being educated instead of ignorant about different ethnic and religious groups, positive instead of aggressive, and tolerant instead of rude. Jump to the third clip to hear the interview. [AUDIO]
 
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November 15, 2016

LBC Lebanon

NDU students face extremism 
 
Students from Notre Dame University prove that young people can be role models for peace, democracy and the values of citizenship in Lebanon through their campaign to counter extremism (ACT). 
 
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November 15, 2016

L’Orient-Le Jour

“Sob Ta3a El Fan,” a Facebook page to encourage children from Tripoli to express themselves through art
 
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November 10, 2016

Al Kalima Online

NDU students facing extremism 
 
Throughout all the conflict, violence and extremism in today’s world was born a student-led initiative at Notre Dame University which aspires to spread peace, democracy and values of citizenship. Their campaign to push back on extremism is called ACT (Aspiration, Communication, Transformation) and aims to build bridges between young people in order to create positive change. 
 
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November 10, 2016

Yahoo Finance

University of New Mexico Marketing Students Launch Ad Campaign for 2017 Acura ILX

Undergraduate marketing students at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Anderson School of Management today unveiled a new advertising campaign for the 2017 Acura ILX titled “Live Life in High Gear.” The campaign is part of the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge, an industry-education partnership program sponsored by Acura and managed by EdVenture Partners.
 
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November 9, 2016

North Carolina A&T Register

IMC prepares for collegiate competition
The IMC/Advertising Class (College of Business & Economics) at North Carolina A & T State University is participating in a global collegiate competition entitled: Peer to Peer–Challenging Extremism. The students designed an integrated marketing communication plan to counter the negative narrative of those imposing violent extremism.
 
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November 4, 2016

MassLive

Advertising agency made up of undergraduate students
Housed in the school’s Center for Leadership and Education, the Integrated Marketing and Communications course gives students access to unparalleled professional experiences. … This year’s client is Acura. JHU’s IMC students are responsible for executing an advertising campaign to promote their performance vehicle, the Acura ILX 2017.
 
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November 3, 2016

Masaryk University News

Masaryk University students struggle with myths in the media, launch campaign for high school students
 
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October 27, 2016

The Johns Hopkins News-Letter

Yes, you can land a job with a soft major
The Integrated Marketing and Communications class, known on the street as “Ad Class,” is running again this semester as part of the 2017 Acura ILX Marketing Challenge…
 
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October 21, 2016

Courier Times

Local students take part in national marketing contest
The Pitt team, called “Pros In Motion,” is competing against 20 other universities during this fall semester. Upon completion of the research, the top three teams will present their projects to Acura officials in California, with the winning team receiving $5,000 for their school.
 
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October 17, 2016

Financial Times Ltd

Social media: Challenging the jihadi narrative
Criticised for not doing enough to take down extremist material, tech groups are taking the initiative
 
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October 14, 2016

Annahar

Ta3a Sob El Fan (“Come Towards Art”) to fight extremism in Tripoli
 
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October 10, 2016

The Advertiser

UniSA is one of just two Australian universities – Curtin University in WA – taking part in the worldwide Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism competition.
 
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September 26, 2016

CNN Money

Facebook’s plan to fight terrorism
Facebook is working with students from Afghanistan, Pakistan and countries all over the world to combat extremism in their communities. CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall sits down with Facebook’s head of product policy, Monika Bickert, to talk about the effort.

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September 23, 2016

Yahoo News

A Tribute Ceremony to honor ten individuals and groups for their extraordinary contributions to the global campaign against violent extremism was held last night, September 22, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Celebrated at this event were … a team of students at the Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), who won the Peer-to-Peer Challenging Extremism Initiative award organized by the State Department, for their innovative approach to countering hate speech on the internet.
 
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September 23, 2016

RIT University News

RIT ExOut Extremism receives award at NYC tribute emceed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer/
State Department extremism competition winners recognized for “Fight Against Online Hate”
 
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September 22, 2016

American Security Today

Through the P2P program, we have seen that young people are essential to our work in creating credible and positive messages that counter violent extremism.”
 
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September 20, 2016

Time

Read Barack Obama’s final speech to the United Nations as President
 
“I think of the girls who have braved taunts or violence just to go to school in Afghanistan, and the university students who started programs online to reject the extremism of organizations like ISIL.”
 
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September 19, 2016

PBS NewsHour

Obama sounds optimistic note in final U.S. speech [VIDEO]
Jump to 44:56 to hear: “I think of the girls who have braved taunts or violence just to go to school in Afghanistan, and the university students who started programs online to reject the extremism of organizations like ISIL.”
 
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September 7, 2016

PBS NewsHour

Why it’s so hard to fight extremist propaganda online [VIDEO]
Segment about EVP plays from top of video. Jump to 02:36 to hear: “TONY SGRO: It’s beyond bombs, bullets, and drones. It really is. I mean, we need that stuff. But we really — how are you going to win the hearts and minds? That’s communications. It’s a marketing communications issue.”
 
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August 28, 2016

Wall Street Journal

Over the past year, the government has helped tech companies like Facebook create competitions for college students around the world to come up with their own campaigns against extremism. The efforts recognize that young people will respond best to messages created by other young people. This spring there were 54 universities in the competitions, up from 45 schools last fall.

 
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August 12, 2016

The Atlantic

With the State Department—and Facebook (“to add to the cool factor,” Selim says)—as co-sponsors, he contracted with a private consulting firm that has now persuaded 101 colleges and universities around the world to establish courses, backed by a $2,000 U.S.-government stipend per school, offering academic credit to students who create these peer-to-peer anti-jihad social-media campaigns.
 
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August 2, 2016

USEU

College of Europe Team Presents Social Media Project on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department
 
 
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July 6, 2016

DHS Testimony

Written testimony of DHS Office for Community Partnerships Director George Selim for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing titled “ISIS Online: Countering Terrorist Radicalization & Recruitment On the Internet & Social Media”
 
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June 29, 2016

FedScoop

Students’ digital campaign to combat extremism wins State Department prize/
The campaign is one of 47 submitted by students from around the world in a State Department initiative to combat extremism through digital tools and projects.
 
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June 29, 2016

Al Arabiya

Students at one New York college are taking to social media to tackle terrorism. A team of Rochester Institute of Technology students came up with the winning idea for a US State Department contest seeking ways to counter terrorist propaganda online.
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June 28, 2016

Politico

COLLEGE STUDENTS COUNTER ONLINE EXTREMISM — Rochester Institute of Technology took the spring semester top prize in the State Department’s “Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism” competition, which invited college students worldwide to develop creative strategies for counteracting extremist strategies online, many of which target young audiences, a spokesman for State told MT.
 
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June 27, 2016

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

RIT students win federal competition to fight terrorism
WASHINGTON — A team of Rochester Institute of Technology graduates snagged first place Monday in a U.S. State Department competition to end extremism, outsmarting over 50 groups from universities worldwide.

 
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June 23, 2016

University News

RIT students are U.S. finalists in global university challenge against terrorism
Can the obsession millennials have with smart technology be capitalized on as a weapon against terrorist propaganda? The U.S. Department of State thinks so and has selected three teams of student finalists — chosen from 56 universities around the world — to its headquarters in Washington, D.C., next week for the Peer-to-Peer: Challenging Extremism challenge.
 
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May 31, 2016

Los Angeles Times

‘We believe youth is able to better reach and impact their peers than traditional approaches,’ said Tony Sgro, chief executive of Edventure Partners. ‘Government and adults have proven they can’t do it and are ineffective in creating alternative and counter narratives. Who better to push back on extremism than the very same audience extremists want to recruit?’
 
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May 18, 2016

Dutch News

Utrecht students say ‘dare to be grey’ to combat extremism
A group of students from Utrecht University are through to the last six of an international competition launched by the US government and Facebook to counteract extremism.
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May 16, 2016

UNM Newsroom

Anderson marketing students earn second place in AFPM Recruitment Challenge
Marketing students at The University of New Mexico School of Management took second place honors in the second annual American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Recruitment Challenge held in Houston recently.
 
 
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May 13, 2016

Aurora Sentinel

Community College of Aurora students win $20,000 grant from U.S. State Department
On top of winning the $20,000 grant, CCA received an additional $5,000 in scholarships to be given to the nearly 20 students who helped organize the Peer2Peer project at the college…
 
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May 11, 2016

Yahoo Finance

AFPM Congratulates Texas A&M University on Winning Outreach Campaign
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and EdVenture Partners (EVP) named the winning team of the Second Annual AFPM Recruitment Challenge.
 
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April 15, 2016

Star Tribune (Minnesota)

This semester, students at 53 colleges across the globe are executing their strategies in the Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism project, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Facebook, and managed by EdVenture Partners, a California-based consulting firm. In the fall, there will be 150 schools participating.
 
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April 4, 2016

Yahoo Finance

University of New Mexico To Participate In AFPM Recruitment Challenge
Marketing Students Gain Career Experience by Promoting Career Opportunities
 
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March 5, 2016

The Observer

LSC-Kingwood students provide in-depth look at AFPM Challenge
With the 2016 American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Recruitment Challenge submission date approaching, Lone Star College-Kingwood professor Michael Griffith’s project management class is hard at work on a project…

 
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March 2, 2016

NPR

Students Enter Global Competition To Counter Extremism
Team FATE is part of an international competition sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Facebook and EdVentures Partners. In Washington, the three finalists are presenting their anti-radicalization projects, including West Point cadets.
 
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March 1, 2016

Huffington Post

A leading example of how we can counter extremist messaging and reach those most susceptible to it is the P2P (Peer to Peer): Challenging Extremism initiative, a U.S. government effort led by the State Department, managed by EdVenture Partners, and supported in part by Facebook.
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February 24, 2016

Reuters

One of the new programs, funded partly by Facebook and multiple government agencies, underwrites “peer-to-peer” (P2P) college courses that teach students to create their own anti-militant messaging.
 
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February 18, 2016

DIPNOTE

A leading example of how we can counter extremist messaging and reach those most susceptible to it is the P2P (Peer to Peer): Challenging Extremism initiative…
 
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February 18, 2016

Brookings Institute

On February 16, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted The Honorable Antony J. Blinken, deputy secretary of state, for a discussion of the United States’ civilian-led initiatives to counter the spread of the Islamic State and other violent extremist groups. *Video*
 
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February 11, 2016

The Wall Street Journal

In another initiative, Facebook teamed with the State Department and Edventure Partners, a consulting firm, to encourage college students to create messages to counter extremism. Last fall, 45 college classes from around the world participated in two competitions, where they were given $2,000 budgets and $200 ad credits.
 
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February 11, 2016

Fox News

West Point cadets go online, undercover to fight ISIS
The campaign was part of the “Peer to Peer [P2P]: Challenging Extremism” initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Facebook and EdVenture Partners and hosted by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
 
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February 5, 2016

The Express Tribune (Pakistan)

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) won the first prize in the final presentation of “P2P: Challenging Extremism” competition at the US Department of State.
 
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February 5, 2016

Religion News Service

On Tuesday (Feb. 2), the West Point project took second place in an international contest for college students on combating terrorism online sponsored by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, Facebook and EdVenture Partners, a business that connects industry to colleges.
 
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February 4, 2016

VOA News

The competition is sponsored by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Facebook, and EdVenture Partners, an outside organization hired by industry and government to engage young people.
 
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January 30, 2015

PBS NewsHour

The federal government has launched an initiative to counter violent extremism among potential homegrown terrorists. Part of the effort enlists college students to develop an online campaign and social media strategy against ISIS propaganda. NewsHour’s Christopher Booker reports.
 
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January 25, 2015

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

A team of five Kuwaiti students from the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) is to head to Washington DC in February to participate in teh final stage of an anti-extremism competition…
 
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December 15, 2015

Re / code

The program, called Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism, is a partnership between the U.S. departments of State and Homeland Security, Facebook and EdVenture Partners, a third-party consulting firm that runs the operation domestically and abroad. It is a competition that challenges millennials to create social or digital campaigns to counter violent extremism and hate speech.
 
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December 13, 2015

Washington Times

University of New Hampshire marketing students are competing with their peers across the country to develop methods of countering violent extremism in communities and online.
 
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December 12, 2015

Seacoast Online

In the wake of recent mass shootings and terrorist attacks overseas, a group of University of New Hampshire students presented a plan to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Friday to counter the radicalization of individuals by extremist groups.
 
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December 11, 2015

WMUR ABC

A project created by University of New Hampshire marketing majors could be used by the State Department to counter the radicalization of young people by extremist groups.
 
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December 08, 2015

UCLA Newsroom

UCLA students seek to counter extremism in a ‘radically different’ public diplomacy course.
 
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December 6, 2015

Gulf Times

The Department of Health Sciences (DHS) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) organised the HealthyLiving campaign recently in collaboration with the QU Sports Science Department.
 
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November 18, 2015

Fox 32

ISIS uses videos to recruit thousands of supporters worldwide. Now, a marketing class at Concordia University is hoping that its own ad campaign on social media will make some inroads against the Islamic State.
 
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November 4, 2015

Daily Lobo

Undergraduate marketing students recently launched a global education and advocacy campaign to mobilize and encourage networks of youth to counter the social media presence and effectiveness of violent extremists’ online messaging.
 
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October 16, 2015

KRQE

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A lot of us are on social media. It’s how we stay in touch with family and friends. But there’s also a bad side to the instant technology. Violent extremists use social media as a tool, too. UNM students are launching a campaign to combat this new, dangerous online onslaught in a special campaign sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
 
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October 2, 2015

Yahoo Finance

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is one of 45 schools worldwide participating in the Peer to Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism initiative. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and facilitated by EdVenture Partners with other interagency governmental support, tasks student teams to create digital media content in the form of an initiative, product, or tool that empowers networks of youth to counter the social media presence and effectiveness of violent extremists’ online messaging.
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September 29, 2015

The White House

Peer-to-Peer Global University Challenge: Spanning both domestic and international CVE efforts, the United States Government recently launched this initiative to empower university students in the United States, Canada, North Africa, Middle East, Europe, Australia, and Asia.  Their objectives were to design and implement a social or digital initiative, product, or tool to motivate and empower their peers to join the movement in countering violent extremism.
 
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September 2, 2015

EVP Press Release

EdVenture Partners (EVP) has launched the second iteration of the Peer 2 Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism initiative in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State as well as other governmental interagency support. The initiative asks student-teams across the United States, Canada, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia to create digital media content in the form of an initiative, product, or tool that empowers networks of youth to counter the social media presence and effectiveness of violent extremist’s online messaging.
 
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July 7, 2015

EVP Press Release

EdVenture Partners (EVP) and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufactures (AFPM) hosted the AFPM Recruitment Challenge at eight colleges across the country. Teams of students were tasked with educating their fellow Millennials on careers in the fuel and petrochemical industries.
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June 24, 2015

YAHOO News

“Millennials can speak better to millennials, there’s no question about that,” State Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Kelly Keiderling, who was a judge in the competition, told Yahoo News. “Government employees have an important role to play elsewhere.”
 
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June 10, 2015

DIPNOTE

Over the past semester, students from around the world took on the challenge of addressing violent extremism. Working with our partners throughout the U.S. government and EdVenture Partners, a consulting firm, we asked university teams to use technology to engage their peers in the Peer2Peer: Challenging Extremism initiative.
 
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June 9, 2015

EVP Press Release

EdVenture Partners (EVP) and the U.S. Department of State hosted the Peer 2 Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism program over the spring term. The initiative asked student-teams across the globe to create and implement social and digital media campaigns that energized and engaged networks of youth to counter the online presence and growing prevalence of violent extremism and recruitment propaganda.
 
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June 5, 2015

NPR

“Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism” is a university-based program focused on getting college kids to come up with social media campaigns to compete with groups like the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
 
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June 5, 2015

Foreign Policy

But some university students are trying to out-campaign the extremists. Since January, students at 23 universities around the world have taken part in a “peer-to-peer” competition to research, design, and launch U.S. State Department-backed social media campaigns aimed at countering the influence of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in their communities.
 
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June 5, 2015

ABC News

Students from more than 20 universities across the world were invited to submit a pitch to the Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism competition.
The Curtin students were named as finalists and invited to Washington, where they presented their idea to 300 people including White House officials and came second.
 
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June 4, 2015

MSU News

The team presented their One95 campaign to the State Department in Washington, D.C. One95 is a digital, grassroots movement uniting the voices of every community to prevent violent extremism. The comprehensive strategic campaign centered on the idea that change starts with one person, then one community, which can impact 195 countries.
 
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May 29, 2015

Albuquerque Business First

The UNM students took top honors in the Energy and Jobs Tomorrow Case Challenge, a contest sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute that tasked the students with creating an integrated marketing campaign aimed at educating and informing millennials about the wide range of jobs available in the oil and natural gas industry.
 
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May 28, 2015

UNM Newsroom

Undergraduate marketing students from the UNM Anderson School of Management took top honors in theEnergy and Jobs Tomorrow Case Challenge, a national student marketing competition sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API) that included 20 teams from universities across the country.
 
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May 27, 2015

NPR

For Next President, The Fight Against Extremism Will Hit Closer To Home
“I don’t think al-Qaida ever had that kind of talent,” says Tony Sgro, the CEO of a San Francisco company called EdVenture Partners which, among other things, markets to exactly the kind of people who are attracted by ISIS’ sales pitch. “I personally don’t remember them being such a world-class employment, branding and recruiting agency. But ISIL is.”
Sgro is the man behind “Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism,” a university-based program that is focused on competing with groups like ISIS or ISIL. The initiative brings together college students from all kinds of disciplines — from marketing to international relations to computer science — and creates a college class that gets them to dream up social media campaigns that will challenge groups like ISIS online. “ ou know universities are like dense pockets of humanity and it’s been fascinating to see the way these faculty, and more importantly the students, view the challenge with different optics,” Sgro said.
 
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May 22, 2015

Your Houston News

Professor of Marketing and Management, Michael Griffith, beamed with pride as his Recruitment Challenge team reconvened one last time to discuss their victory at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Recruitment Challenge.
 
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May 8, 2015

Your Houston News

“In order to recruit the millennial generation, AFPM connected with EVP to create the Recruitment Challenge,” Melissa Hockstad, AFPM’s vice president of petrochemicals, said. “Student teams from two to four year colleges around the United States submit communication and marketing projects intended to recruit millennials into petrochemical industry jobs. There is no better way to effectively communicate to millennials than through members of their own generation.”
 
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April 27, 2015

Springfield News-Leader

The Missouri State University Advertising Team has partnered with the U.S. State Department to develop a strategic initiative to help counter the social media attack of violent extremists.
 
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April 21, 2015

UA News

An Eller College of Management course at the UA that involves students in actual marketing campaigns exists to provide a mutually beneficial partnership between the college and the community.
 
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April 20, 2015

The New Daily

This year, 10 students from Perth’s Curtin University are participating in a world-first global competition to develop a tool, product or solution to counter violent extremism. US-based EdVenture Partners is running the P2P: Challenging Extremism competition with support from the US Department of State.
 
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April 10, 2015

ASU News

The campaign is part of the Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and Edventure Partners, a private organization that works to build academic partnerships between higher education and companies, trade associations, government and nation clients to give students and professors the chance to work together to solve real-world problems.
 
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April 1, 2015

ABC 15

The federal government is turning to millennials to fight ISIS.
They are hoping the social media savvy group will come up with a plan to fight online recruitment.
 
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MARCH 2015
March 30, 2015

TIME

One model, still in a testing phase, is called P2P: Challenging Extremism. This initiative provides an opportunity for university students from the U.S., Canada, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia to create an online community whose goal is to counter the extremist narrative by becoming educated influencers.
 
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March 27, 2015

KRQE News 13

The University of New Mexico is one of 20 schools throughout the country participating in the Energy and Jobs Tomorrow Case Challenge.
 
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March 24, 2015

CTV News Calgary

Students at Mount Royal University are leading their peers across Canada in an initiative which aims to increase public awareness to the principles of Islam while debunking myths and preventing radicalization.
 
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March 24, 2015

Metro News

In a war of words, students at a Calgary university are doing their best to arm their colleagues with educated and accurate information.
Students at Mount Royal University are taking to their campus in hopes of battling misconceptions and stereotypes that the Islamic faith is connected to terrorist groups like ISIS.
 
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March 19, 2015

Facebook - U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt

World design CLIP2GETHER FOR TOLERANCE: 23 universities currently digital campaigns to oppose the presence of extremists in social media.
 
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March 17, 2015

The Harvard Gazette

There is an organization, EdVenture Partners, that created a curriculum for students around the world to compete to create the most effective counter-messaging. The students will create digital platforms to amplify the messages of clerics who can argue against ISIS’ interpretation of Islam, or of former members of ISIS who turned against the organization.
 
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March 11, 2015

Rigzone

Millennials, or Generation Y, are the future of the oil and gas industry as they will be expected to fill the open positions that will remain after their older counterparts retire.
 
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March 11, 2015

CNBC

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is one of 20 schools throughout the country participating in the Energy and Jobs Tomorrow Case Challenge. The program, sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and developed and managed by EdVenture Partners, challenges students to create an integrated marketing campaign aimed at educating and informing millennials of the wide range of jobs available in the oil and natural gas industry, and driving the target market to the Oil and Gas Workforce website.
 
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FEBRUARY 2015
February 20, 2015

Drexel Now

The U.S. State Department is enlisting the help of a special consultation class formed at Drexel this term to come up with strategies for disrupting radicals’ recruitment efforts.
 
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DECEMBER 2015
December 12, 2015

Qatar University

A team of students from CBE won first place in the Qatar Environmental Sustainability Case Study Challenge  among universities held at Qatar National Convention Centre on December 4.
 
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December 10, 2014

The Peninsula Qatar

The competition, which was open to all secondary schools and universities, challenged teams to identify a pressing environmental challenge in Qatar, assess its impact on society, and develop a marketing campaign that will mobilise the youth to get involved in solving the issue.
 
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