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Middle School Students Challenge Maine Youth To Create Community Change On Global Youth Service Day

Published April 4, 2012

AUGUSTA - Lincoln Middle School students, supported by the Maine Commission for Community Service and Youth Service America, are challenging youth across Maine to volunteer on Global Youth Service Day 2012. These students will join millions of other young people around the world who are creating community change as part of the world's largest and longest-running service event.

LMS students want at least 600 Maine youth to engage in service projects that benefit their community on Global Youth Service Day weekend. Young volunteers may plan their service projects around any local issue, or choose to address hunger, the environment, health and safety, education, disaster in their communities, or even global service and human rights.

In addition to this challenge, LMS students are already planning to host this year's Student Summit on Service-Learning to highlight student-led environmental projects. The summit is an annual event hosted in collaboration with KIDS Consortium, which will take place May 24 at the USM-Gorham campus.

For volunteer activity and service projects to be counted, students and classrooms must register their service project at the VolunteerMaine website http://volunteermaine.org/service-learning/gysd-event-page/. Additional information can be found there as well. 

 "I love being able to see other student service projects and learning that other students are involved and concerned about issues in their communities," said one LMS student. "I feel like we made a difference and I learned to never give up on what you believe in."

Now in its 24th year, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries, and recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. Organized by Youth Service America, a leader in the international youth service movement, Global Youth Service Day offers youth, ages 5 to 25, the resources and support to plan meaningful projects that improve their communities.

 "Congratulations and thanks to the young people of Lincoln Middle School in Portland for their work to improve their community," said Steven A. Culbertson, YSA president and CEO. "On Global Youth Service Day, the world stands in awe as we see what's possible when kids take the lead as problem-solvers."

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, and takes place in more than 100 countries on six continents April 20 to 22, 2012. Learn more at www.gysd.org.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy to resolve local problems.

Contact:         
Richard Higgins
Maine Commission for Community Service
19 Union Street, 38 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0038
Phone (207) 624-6241
Email richard.higgins@maine.gov