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Cuyahoga County students give back to community on Global Youth Service Day


Global Youth Service Day in Cleveland

In celebration of the 23rd annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) in April, students in Cuyahoga County are joining their peers worldwide with service learning projects. Young people from MyCom and the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of Cuyahoga County, youth development efforts supported through the Family & Children First Council, will focus on poverty, hunger, and giving back to the community.

MyCom received grant funding from UnitedHealthcare’s HEROES project to conduct a “Healthy Kids-Healthy Communities” event on Friday, April 15, 2011, at Cleveland State University. More than 100 selected students from MyCom neighborhoods will come together to paint flower pots to benefit HandsOn Bingo programs in senior centers, and plant vegetable seeds to be taken back to their neighborhoods to grow.  

On the same day, students from the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of Cuyahoga County will participate in a simulation of poverty, followed on Saturday by assisting with a grocery giveaway at Philemon Community Baptist Church. The youth will devote their afternoon to helping shoppers select food items and pack them in bags. To learn about joining the YAC youth to help at the church, call the Ohio State University Extension’s office at 216-429-8200, ext. 234.

Global Youth Service Day in Cleveland will include more than 1,200 youth from 50 project teams volunteering at 30 area nonprofits, being mobilized largely through Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU).

From April 15-17, 2011, Global Youth Service Day is actually a three-day, worldwide event highlighting year-round contributions of youth to their communities, and is billed as “the largest service event in the world.”

For listings of GYSD events here and around the nation, visit