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700+ Local Youth Participate in 2016 Globaly Youth Service Day

From the Monroe County Youth Council

Bloomington, Ind. – The 5th Annual Global Youth Service Day will take place this Friday, April 15, 2016 from 9:15am-2:15pm. This year, over 700 youth will join together in service to the community.

Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world. Established in 1988, GYSD celebrates and mobilizes millions of young people who improve their communities each and every day of the year through service.

Bloomington’s GYSD is organized by the Monroe County Youth Council, as a project of the Asset Building Coalition, the Bloomington Volunteer Network, the Youth Services Bureau, and the Monroe County Public Library. For this year’s GYSD, 365 high school students will spend the day volunteering at various projects in the community, focused on issues in several impact areas: environment, education, animal welfare, social issues, mental health and poverty and homelessness.

High school members of the Monroe County Youth Council have spent the school year selecting their preferred impact areas, learning about these community issues, and planning service projects that will engage their peers in positive hands on activities. Each MCYC member will lead a group of their peers during the project to understand more about the issue and the importance of their service on GYSD. It is an important part of GYSD to let youth know that they can make an impact in their own community through volunteering. Community project hosts for 2016 include:

Templeton Elementary School, Fairview Elementary School, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Middle Way House, Bloomington Animal Shelter, and the Monroe County Humane Association.

Continuing this year is a satellite project with IU undergraduates and Tri North Middle School’s YES Club (Youth Engaged in Service) students, hosted by SPEA's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Civic Leaders Living and Learning Center. The middle school effort will host projects at 10 community sites and engage 100 students.

In addition to the high school and middle school student volunteers, over 200 elementary school students will be engaged in the planned service projects.

In total, there will be over 700 youth in our community participating in a collective day of service!

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