April 17, 2009

Saturday, April 25, is a Day of Service for Youth

Global Youth Service Day is Saturday, April 25. More than 1,000 youth will fan out across Arlington, performing a variety of community service projects.
After April 20, find a complete listing of service projects on the Arlington Alliance for Youth web site at www.arlingtonalliance4youth.com. Arlington has registered 102 volunteer teams.

Global Youth Service Day is an international event that mobilizes millions of youth in more than 100 countries. According to Chairperson and lead event organizer Jim Walther, the day of community service and volunteerism spotlights the remarkable contributions of young people.

Schedule of Events

8 a.m. - The celebration begins with UT-Arlington’s Youth Service Leadership Recognition Breakfast for nominees of the Sheris Growe Youth Leader of the Year Award. State Representative Diane Patrick will be the keynote speaker. The location is the UT-Arlington College of Business, Room 245.

Service projects begin.

3:30 p.m. – With service projects complete, youth groups will gather at the new Founders Plaza in downtown Arlington for food, entertainment and a closing awards ceremony. A coalition leader and one youth from each team will share the highlights of their service project in videotaped interviews.

About the Arlington Alliance for Youth

The Arlington Alliance for Youth is a lead agency for Global Youth Service Day in Arlington. Originally organized by the city’s five Kiwanis Clubs, leadership now represents the City of Arlington, the Arlington Independent School District, the City of Pantego, the University of Texas at Arlington, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, youth groups in the city, faith-based youth groups, the Arlington Kiwanis Clubs, the Rotary Club, the Optimist Club and the Lions Clubs. Presenting sponsors include the State Farm Companies Foundation, First Rate Corporation and the Star-Telegram.

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce Foundation provided a $100 grant to each coalition and $100 grants to each team to help defray the cost of materials and supplies for the event.

For more information about Global Youth Service Day, call Jerry Cooper at 817-261-3406, (cell) 845-598-6264 or e-mail Jcooper5064@earthlink.net.



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