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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY NATIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE INTRODUCES DRUG PREVENTION PROGRAM TO MARYLAND NONPROFITS

MITCHELLEVILLE, MARYLANDMONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

A corps of leaders committed to empowering the community and providing opportunity to at-risk youth learned of a program that can keep kids off drugs.

Community leaders, officials and mentors at the fourth annual Community Day Breakfast of the Maryland-based nonprofit Men Aiming Higher came away from the February 16 event with tools to fight teen drug abuse.

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CELEBRATION OF SCIENTOLOGY FOUNDER’S BIRTHDAY MARKS ANOTHER YEAR OF UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH

CLEARWATER, FLORIDASUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013

More than 4,500 Scientologists from 40 nations gathered for the annual gala celebration of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday (March 13) held in Clearwater, Florida, home to the Church of Scientology’s spiritual headquarters. The weekend of events commemorated Mr. Hubbard’s enduring legacy in an era of unprecedented growth for the religion.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY ST. PETERSBURG HOSTS HUMAN RIGHTS WORLD TOUR

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIASATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2013

The 10th annual Youth for Human Rights International World Educational Tour returns to Russia.

St. Petersburg, Russia, hosted the fourth stage of the 10th annual Youth for Human Rights International World Educational Tour February 20-25, 2013. The Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) team, led by the group’s president Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, held meetings with leaders in education and human rights and assisted with the filming of a new human rights video, We Have Rights No Matter Who We Are.

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NEW SCIENTOLOGY BROCHURE SPOTLIGHTS INCREASED STUDENT PERFORMANCE

NEPALFRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

In the brochure released in March 2013, the Church of Scientology features the work of an educator from Nepal who increased passing averages from 30 percent to 80 percent by implementing the technology of study developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY NATIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE HOSTS DRUG PREVENTION CYCLISTS

WASHINGTON, D.C.THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013

Circling the globe by bike in the name of a drug-free world

The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in Washington, D.C., hosted two Russian athletes February 11 who are raising awareness of the need for drug education. The cyclists, Alen Khairullin, 26, and Pavel Grachev, 47, have already cycled for 4,660 miles and are circling the globe by bicycle.

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SCIENTOLOGY: HOW WE HELP—JAMAICAN EXPAT BRINGS HUMAN RIGHTS HOME

JAMAICAWEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013

David Chen returned to visit his native Jamaica from London in February 2013 with a burning desire to empower his countrymen by educating them on the importance of preserving and protecting human rights. Chen arrived to join the 10th annual Youth for Human Rights International World Educational Tour.

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SCIENTOLOGY: HOW WE HELP—HUMAN RIGHTS WORLD TOUR IN GENEVA

GENEVA, SWITZERLANDTUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013

As home to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland, is a fitting venue for the 10th Annual Youth for Human Rights International World Educational Tour.

For a week in mid February, Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, President of Youth for Human Rights International, and volunteers of the Youth for Human Rights Geneva chapter held a series of meetings with staff of various diplomatic missions to the United Nations and representatives of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Office’s Palais Wilson headquarters.

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SCIENTOLOGY: HOW WE HELP—NEW POLL SHOWS NEED FOR DRUG PREVENTION

TOKYO, JAPANMONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013

75 percent of Japanese schoolchildren oppose use or possession of quasi-legal drugs

A poll conducted and released February 19 by Japanese news agency Kyodo Tsushin reported more than 75 percent of Japanese junior high school and high school students feel possession or use of “dappo habu” (quasi-legal drugs) is bad, while the remaining students think there is nothing wrong with possession or possession and use of these substances as long as they are not banned.

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SCIENTOLOGY: HOW WE HELP—NEW HOPE FOR MONGOLIA

ULAN BATOR, MONGOLIASUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013

A new brochure, Scientology: How We Help—Achieving Literacy and Education, describes a worldwide movement to revert the educational decline through the technology of study.

The brochure Scientology, How We Help: Applied Scholastics, Achieving Literacy and Education, was released in March 2013, to describe the tools to make quality education available anywhere, as a recent project in Mongolia illustrates.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY NASHVILLE HOSTS BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEEFRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013

In honor of Black History Month, the Church of Scientology Nashville hosted a program on the roll of Black athletes from the early years of basketball, and launched a new community initiative—City Hoops—aimed at engaging youth through sports.

The Church of Scientology of Nashville and the Black Legends of Professional Basketball Foundation co-organized a Black History Month program to honor African American athletes of the 1950s and to launch a new citywide sports initiative—“City Hoops.”

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CZECH STUDY METHODS FEATURED IN NEW SCIENTOLOGY BROCHURE

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLICTHURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013

Helping to raise standards of education and literacy throughout the Czech Republic through Study Technology

Released March 2013, the brochure Scientology, How We Help: Applied Scholastics, Achieving Literacy and Education features the Czech Republic, where the Ministry of Education has officially accredited The Basic Study Manual, a text published by Applied Scholastics International, for use in teacher training.

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NEW SCIENTOLOGY BROCHURE PROMOTES LITERACY & EDUCATION

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURITHURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013

The Church of Scientology spotlights Applied Scholastics in a new publication. Applied Scholastics provides tools to reverse declining educational trends through the technology of study developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

In March 2013 the Church of Scientology released a new brochure—Scientology, How We Help: Applied Scholastics, Achieving Literacy and Education.

Illiteracy costs government, business and taxpayers trillions of dollars and the cost in human terms is incalculable.

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SCIENTOLOGY: HOW WE HELP—BUENOS AIRES VOLUNTEERS SPREAD THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINAWEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013

In Argentina and in countries around the world, volunteers from Scientology Churches use The Truth About Drugs program to educate youth so they can make informed decisions not to take drugs.

February is summertime in Argentina, and volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Buenos Aires are out on the street, letting youth know the truth about drugs.

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BRUSSELS BRANCH OF THE CHURCHES OF SCIENTOLOGY FOR EUROPE HOSTS HUMAN RIGHTS EVENTS

BRUSSELS, BELGIUMSATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013

Belgian Scientologists promote human rights awareness on the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY FORWARDS THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY YOUTH

CLEARWATER, FLORIDAFRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013

The Right to Education was the focus of a fundraiser hosted by the Church of Scientology January 13 at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida.

The Church of Scientology hosted a benefit concert on behalf of Men of Vision, an organization of some 100 young men in the Hillsborough County school system grades 6-12.

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SCIENTOLOGY: HOW WE HELP—THE JIVE ACES, A PRESCRIPTION TO FEELING GOOD WITHOUT DRUGS

LONDON, ENGLANDTHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013

The Jive Aces, UK’s number one Jive and Swing Band, are leading proponents of The Truth About Drugs—the drug education program supported by the Church of Scientology.

The Jive Aces were recently featured in the London Evening Standard as the cure for the blues.

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SCIENTOLOGY: HOW WE HELP—MOBILIZING AGAINST DRUGS IN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIAMONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of St. Petersburg bring the truth about drugs to the youth of the city.

Each month, Truth About Drugs volunteers of the Church of Scientology of St. Petersburg conduct lectures in schools, hold scores of street events and distribute thousands of booklets and flyers to reach the youth of their city with factual information about drugs.

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SOUTH AFRICAN CAPITAL HERALDS NEW CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY

PRETORIA, GAUTENGSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2013

On Saturday, February 23, more than a thousand Scientologists and their guests assembled to celebrate the opening of the new Church of Scientology Pretoria. National, provincial and city dignitaries as well as South African royalty joined Church officials for the dedication ceremony.

The Church’s new home stands on Stanza Bopape Street neighboring the Union Buildings, official seat of the South African government and home to the presidential offices. The campus, less than a block from Embassy Row, is comprised of five heritage homes originally constructed at the turn of the 20th century. The Church meticulously restored the Edwardian-style buildings and altogether transformed them into a 21st century Ideal Organization (Ideal Org) to accommodate an ever-growing congregation.

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SCIENTOLOGY: HOW WE HELP—COUNTERING PRO-DRUG PROPAGANDA IN HOLLAND

AMSTERDAM, HOLLANDFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2013

Merel Remmerswaal is determined that all Dutch youth learn the truth about drugs.

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SCIENTOLOGY: HOW WE HELP—SCIENTOLOGISTS HONORED AS VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

TRUCKEE, CALIFORNIATHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2013

Working to clean up the environment and help the community live drug-free

Scientologists Dick and Diane Hilly were honored in January 2013 as Volunteers of the Year by the Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence coalition for their work to counter prescription drug abuse.

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