University Student Challenges Youth to Change America

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A new interactive website prompts students to think about relevant issues. The site, both entertaining and innovative, is the product of a 21-year-old woman thinking critically, creatively and optimistically; through The R.E.A.D. Effect she inspires other young people to do the same.

Courtney Allison challenges students to Revive Every American Dream in her President's Day Campaign, "Change Begins with Me".

Responsibility- Don't Dance Around the Issue is a new, interactive website that stimulates knowledge and inspires creativity among Jr. High and High School students. The R.E.A.D. Effect focuses on building a positive youth identity in America, therefore insuring a strong and positive future. R.E.A.D. is an acronym meaning Reviving Every American Dream.

This website focuses on the youth. Its creator, Courtney Allison, a 21-year-old student, fears for her generation. She recognizes the passivity of some of her peers; seeing many of them spending hours watching television, surfing the internet and talking on Facebook, rather than developing themselves into people who can re-establish and maintain the American Dream.

Every week Courtney posts creative, entertaining, video clips. The videos (hosted by YouTube) challenge students to engage in thought and dialogue on a wide variety of topics, from honoring diversity to accepting personal responsibility. She asks the students to respond with songs, art, video clips, and articles. Student responses are featured on the website.

This week, The Challenge focuses on taking responsibility for personal actions, reactions, and mood. Watch the entire version of "Responsibility- Don't Dance Around the Issue" at

If you would like more information about The R.E.A.D. Effect, or to request an interview, please contact Courtney Allison at (630)536-7262 or e-mail

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