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Cozad native, Peru State sophomore Allie Buesing selected to represent Nebraska as National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador


September 26, 2013, 1:00 p.m. CDT

Allie Buesing

Allie Buesing

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College sophomore Allie Buesing of Cozad has been selected to represent Nebraska as a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador by Youth Serve America and the Festival of Children Foundation. Buesing will receive funding and training to lead a large-scale service initiative in an effort to combat childhood obesity in Nebraska.

In its sixth year, National Child Awareness Month is a program spearheaded by the Festival of Children Foundation to raise awareness about issues affecting children and encourages the nation’s youth to take action.

Buesing, an exercise science major and business administration minor, is one of 51 Youth Ambassadors selected from a nationwide pool in a competitive application process. She was chosen based on the quality of her project proposal and its potential to create substantive, large-scale change on behalf of young people in southeast Nebraska.

Buesing began working with the Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative last year as an AmeriCorps Service Scholar. Developed by Associate Professor of Education Dr. Kyle Ryan and Associate Professor of Business Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan, the CHANCE Initiative is a grant-funded partnership between Peru State, Auburn Public Schools, Johnson-Brock Public Schools, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and Auburn Family Health Center, P.C. The goal is to encourage healthier lifestyles among area children and their families by creating awareness and educating them about better choices.
Buesing work began this month with a trip to Washington, D.C., where she met with Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns and attended leadership training.

Buesing said, “Being able to visit Washington, D.C., build connections with 50 of my peers from across the country and meet with Senator Johanns were amazing opportunities that I will never forget. Through my training, I have learned much that will benefit the CHANCE Initiative as well as add to my leadership skills, and I look forward to implementing these tools. I am very thankful for the mentoring of Dr. Kyle Ryan and Dr. Sheri Grotrian-Ryan over the last year as their guidance has helped me in achieving these experiences. I can’t wait to continue my work with the CHANCE Initiative and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

Ryan said, “Allie’s accomplishments, as only a sophomore, are an indicator of what is possible for students at Peru State. Her involvement in campus organizations and community organizations is quite impressive. We are proud of Allie’s accomplishments and look forward to watching her continue to grow and achieve.”

Buesing serves as president for the Physical Education, Activity & Kinesiology Students (PEAKS) organization, historian of Phi Beta Lambda (a state and national business and leadership association), a Residence Life assistant, student ambassador and AmeriCorps Services Scholar. She plans to apply for the Public Health Early Admittance Student Track (PHEAST) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to pursue a Master’s degree in public health upon graduation from Peru State.

Buesing is part of a three-person team who recently won a national championship at


Allie Buesing

Allie Buesing in
Washington DC

the PBL National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The competition focused on a wide range of business and leadership-related tests, including subjects ranging from financial analysis and economic concepts to human resource management and business ethics. Buesing and her counterparts won first place in the Community Service category for the presentation The CHANCE (Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement) Initiative.

YSA improves communicates by increasing the number and diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. Through international campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service; funding and grant programs; resource development; and training opportunities, YSA promotes a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. For more information, visit

The Festival of Children Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves to bring together and coordinate the efforts of charities, companies and individuals who actively work to improve the lives of children. The Foundation gives a voice, guidance and support. For more information, visit