RVCC Alumna Katie Meyler, a Time magazine Person of the Year, to Speak at the College Thursday

Katie Meyler, a 2004 graduate of Raritan Valley Community College and one of the “Ebola Fighters” highlighted in Time magazine’s recent “Person of the Year” issue, will speak to students, faculty and staff at her alma mater about her work in Liberia with the More Than Me foundation.

Meyler, a native of Bernardsville, served as a Commencement speaker at RVCC in 2013.

In 2009, Meyler founded More Than Me (MTM) to create educational opportunities for girls living in Liberia. In 2013, MTM opened the More Than Me Academy for 124 girls, and completed a full school year when Ebola struck. Realizing that as long as there is Ebola in Liberia, their girls were at risk, MTM joined the fight against Ebola. They fought with every ounce of their being to bring Ebola to an end. With the Ebola epidemic now under control, MTM is pleased to announce that its school is re-opening its doors on March 2 for 150 students, 40 of whom have been orphaned or abandoned by Ebola.

More Than Me (MTM) gets girls off the streets and into school in one of the poorest slums in the world in Liberia, West Africa. MTM works with community leaders to identify the girls who are at the highest risk of being sexually exploited to ensure that education and opportunity, not exploitation and poverty, defines their lives. To learn more, go to morethanme.org or follow MTM on Facebook and Twitter.

The RVCC program is sponsored by the College’s Student Government Association, which has been working with RVCC’s student clubs and organizations to raise funds for More Than Me.

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