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Youth Serve their Communities with Global Youth Service Day

serve.mt.gov | April 20-22, 2012

Helena, MT – Youth across Montana will serve their communities this weekend as part of Global Youth Service Day, the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and the only major service event dedicated to youth.

“This weekend students and youth will lead hands-on service projects that benefit their communities,” said First Lady Nancy Schweitzer. “I thank these young volunteers for tackling issues that are important to them, such as the caring for the environment, growing gardens and healthy food, and promoting recycling.”  

The public is encouraged to volunteer with the children and youth in their community. Projects include Earth Day celebrations, community garden workdays, park clean-up and painting endeavors, recycling events, and artistic activities.

For a list of Global Youth Service Day projects in Montana, visit serve.mt.gov. To view the official Global Youth Service Day map visit www.gysd.org.

These Global Youth Service Day projects are sponsored by a variety of organizations that involve youth, including the Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center, Anaconda Family Resource Center, Girl Scouts Troops, community gardens, AmeriCorps programs, FCCLA chapters, 4-H clubs, Boys and Girls clubs, afterschool programs, United Ways, Little League clubs, and community nonprofits.

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, GYSD is the largest service event in the world and is now celebrated in over 100 countries.

YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people, ages 5 to 25, serving in substantive roles. Through grants, service-learning programs, mobilization campaigns and resources, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. YSA's signature campaign, Global Youth Service Day, is the largest and longest-running service event in the world. Learn more at www.ysa.org .  

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