Global Youth Service Day is the world’s largest service event, and the only one dedicated to recognizing the contributions that young people make to their communities every day of the year. This year Volunteer Kalamazoo partnered with Kalamazoo Youth Development Network to host two service projects: a Trash Mob and Flower Crew, for which a $350 Global Youth Service Day Mini Grant was awarded to Volunteer Kalamazoo by the Michigan Community Service Commission.
Youth volunteers for the Trash Mob picked up trash in the Millwood neighborhood and Emerald Drive Park, where they collected more than 15 large trash bags full of waste. Flower Crew volunteers planted annuals flats and pansy in terracotta pots to be donated to the residents of Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, an independent living, assisted living, memory care, nursing and rehabilitation care center. Volunteers planted more than 8 beds of flowers and donated 30 pots. Additionally, volunteers created decorative cards for 50 residents.
Because of their willingness to serve their community, youth were given the opportunity to participate in the Youth Leadership Summit. Immediately following the service activities, youth driven organizations met with students interested in being leaders in the Kalamazoo community. Some of the organizations present included: Jeter’s Leaders, Youth United Way, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Global Youth Service Day was a major success with more than 40 youth volunteers participating and serving more than 100 hours for their community with the added bonus of meeting student driven organizations and learning news ways to get involved.
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