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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Video Volunteers Join Give A Day Week

Monday April 16, 2012

Video Volunteers’ Use Internet to Inspire People to Get College Degrees

College and high school students are using the power of the Internet to inspire more people to earn a college degree – a technology-based approach to Give-A-Day and Mayor Greg Fischer’s call to service.

The “video volunteers” are part of a project coordinated by 55,000 Degrees, the community’s collaborative movement to add 55,000 more college graduates in Louisville by 2020.

Students from universities, colleges and high schools across the region are posting scores of brief video messages on the 55,000 Degrees’ You Tube channel. The messages are both inspirational and informational – everything from personal stories of overcoming obstacles to insider tips for paying for college.

“On-line videos and social media are important sources of information that are motivating people to take action today,” said Fischer, who is chairman of the 55,000 Degrees board of directors. “By sharing their success stories, student volunteers will help us convince more people to finish college and earn their degrees.”

More than a dozen 55,000 Degrees education partners are hosting videotaping sessions the Give-A-Day Week of Service April 15-22 to collect student testimonials to post on You Tube.

55,000 Degrees invites you to get inspired by the videos of future, current, and alumni students on the 55K YouTube Channel at If you would like to share your personal story about getting to and/or through college, we’d love to include it! Please visit the 55,000 Degrees website for more information.

If you have questions, contact:

Lilly Massa-McKinley

55,000 Degrees Collaboration Coordinator

cell: 502.428.5567

For more information about 55,000 Degrees, go to