WHEREAS, Global Youth Service Days is an annual celebration that mobilizes children and teens to improve their communities each day of the year through community service and service-learning; and,
WHEREAS, community service and service-learning provide opportunities for young people in our state to apply their knowledge, skills, creativity, abilities and unique perspectives to improve Michigan communities and become active citizens and community leaders; and,
WHEREAS, community service and service-learning are proven to increase academic achievement, increase workforce readiness and build social and emotional skills; and,
WHEREAS, Global Youth Service Days provide an opportunity for schools, community organizations, faith-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and families to engage youth as leaders and problem solvers in their communities; and,
WHEREAS, young people across the state will be engaged in service to their communities on Global Youth Service Days;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 21-23, 2017 as Global Youth Service Days in Michigan.