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Michigan Community Service Commission to support 30 Global Youth Service Day projects

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The Michigan Community Service Commission will engage thousands of Michigan youth in volunteerism for Global Youth Service Day, April 12-14.

The state’s lead agency on volunteerism will support 30 Global Youth Service Day volunteer projects across the state, addressing education, health, environmental stewardship and other critical community needs, benefitting Michigan residents. The Michigan Community Service Commission will engage nearly 3,000 youth volunteers in service across the state for the national day of service.

“It’s great to have youth not only serving but taking lead roles in volunteer projects that impact the community,” said Ginna Holmes, Michigan Community Service Commission executive director. “It’s always wonderful to see youth show their generous spirit and willingness to help others.”

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988 by Youth Service America, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

The Michigan Community Service Commission is supporting the following Global Youth Service Day projects:

Albion College

April 13 & April 26

Youth volunteers from Marshall Public Schools and Albion College will be leading a sidewalk audit and walk ability study, as well as Arbor Day education and a tree planting.

Allegan County United Way

April 12

This project will recruit cognitively impaired students to clean up a heavily-traveled road in Allegan county.

Allen Neighborhood Center

April 27

Youth will be participating in projects focusing on the Edible Park community garden in Hunter Park.

Baldwin Heights Elementary

Week of April 22

Students will be leading a community clean-up in areas around their school and will also begin planting preparation for the school's community garden.

Carson City Crystal Alternative Academy

Carson City
April 15-27

Students will be placing a free little library in each of the 7 small communities that make up the Carson City Crystal School District. 

Carson City Crystal Schools

Carson City
April 12

Students will help in creating a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course by doing some demolition and cleaning of the debris prior to the main building project.

Child and Family Services YouthWork

Traverse City
April 27

Youth will participate in general garden cleanup, amending garden soil, planting overwintered native plants and new stock, and general grounds clean up at Reining Liberty Ranch.

CLK Elementary

April 12

Students will be reading to seniors at Garden View Assisted Living.

Comstock STEM Academy

April 25

Students will make blankets to give to Comstock Community Center senior residents.

Crusader Chapter National Honor Society

April 25

Students from Martin Luther King High School will be packing hygiene products for 9th grade students at their high school.

DeWitt Middle School

April 12

Students will be creating an outdoor classroom for DeWitt Nature Center. 

Forest View Elementary School

April 26

Students will be creating a community garden project.

Gleaners Community Food Bank

April 13

Youth will be packing food for Gleaners Backpack Program.

Heart of West Michigan United Way

Grand Rapids
April 12

Youth will be landscaping, cleaning up, and removing invasive species at 5 different Kent County Parks.  Cherry Health AmeriCorps is a partner for this project.

Loyola High School Detroit

April 12

Loyola High School science students are designing, building, and implementing an Environmental Resources Fair for students at Bates Academy in Detroit.

Mercy Health Muskegon

April 12

Muskegon Area Career Tech Center Health Occupation students will assemble and deliver first aid kits to youth league coaches in their home school district.

Methodist Children's Home Society

April 18-19

Older foster care youth who live at Methodist Children's Home Society will put together 100 hygiene kits for the homeless being served at the Conner Soup Kitchen.

Monroe County Opportunity Program

April 13

The Monroe Youth Advisory Council is organizing a mobile food pantry at a local elementary school in order to feed children.

My Sister's Keeper

Highland Park
April 12

My Sister's Keeper is hosting its Empowerment Zone Youth Resource Fair, and the event is being planned by 100 youth.

Northern Michigan University Volunteer Center Cat Packs

April 17

Youth volunteers will make food packages for at risk youth in the Marquette area.

Northwest Elementary School


Student Council peer leaders and learning impaired students will be working together to provide services to the local animal shelter.

River Rec Teen Zone

Marine City
April 14

Students from area schools will assist with renovations of the new River Rec Teen Zone location, a historical building in downtown Marine City.

The Lawn Academy

April 27

Youth volunteers from the Lawn Academy will be installing four vegetable gardens at a senior citizens housing complex to give better access to a free and healthy source of vegetables.

Thornapple Kellogg High School

April 26

April 26 is Thornapple Kellogg 7th Annual Service Day. Over 950 students will discover service opportunities in their community, focusing on projects for others.

United Way of Saginaw County

April 12

Youth volunteers will be participating in a personal needs collection drive to support local shelters and schools in Saginaw County.

United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula

Sault Ste. Marie
April 12

Youth will clean up the downtown area of Sault Ste. Marie through recycling materials and creating a mural, with emphasis on the elders and youth coming together to enhance reading literacy within the community. 

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

April 13

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives will host a Mural Cleanup Day for youth volunteers in the neighborhood and nearby schools.

VIP Mentoring

April 13, Week of April 15

Students will assemble 15 Happy Mailboxes to put in the 9 areas schools, Covenant House, 3 police precincts, and Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Wayne State University

April 12

The AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program will join with youth volunteers to board up hazardous vacant homes and clean up the surrounding areas.

West Godwin TEAM 21

April 23

Students will be building a community garden at West Godwin Elementary with TEAM 21 students.


The Michigan Community Service Commission has partnered with Youth Service America, the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service to support Global Youth Service Day in Michigan.