10/22/2011 10:37 am ET Updated Dec 22, 2011

Chelsea Clinton, Christy Turlington To College Students: How To Turn Good Intentions Into Real Action

When you put college students, technology and powerful activists in one room, real change is bound to happen.

Chelsea Clinton and Christy Turlington spoke at The George Washington University this past week to help launch 'GW Phones for Hope,' which will fund mobile health technology projects, ET Online reports.

Specifically, the Clinton Global Initiative has partnered with the university to raise funds and items to support solutions for child and maternal health issues worldwide.

Chelsea Clinton said this type of partnership is one of the most honorable things her dad has done, according to ET.

"One of the reasons I'm most proud of my father is through his work with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Global Initiative University," she told the college crowd. "He launched CGI and CGI U on the basic premise that everyone who wants to make a difference can and should. And the burden of how to turn good intentions into real action shouldn't be an insurmountable challenge."

The project's goal is to collect 20,000 cell phones by March 2012 to be recycled and used as in-the-field phones. Chelsea Clinton says the project hits the criteria necessary to turn ideas into real solutions -- the phone campaign is a unique idea, it's specific and it's measurable.

Christy Turlington, a maternal health activist, spoke about why the support the project can provide is so important, ET Online reports.

"The best way to address child survival is to invest in a mom," said Turlington, who suffered complications from giving birth to her daughter, Grace, eight years ago. "Our campaign is designed around using that angle of dealing with the health of the family through the mom when it's the most important time in her life, perhaps."

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