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April 26-28, 2024: Global Youth Service Days

WHEREAS, Global Youth Service Day is an annual day of action that celebrates and mobilizes children and teens who improve their communities through community service and service learning; and,

WHEREAS, Global Youth Service Days, the largest service event in the world, is being observed in all 50 states and more than 100 countries; and,

WHEREAS, community service and service-learning provide opportunities for young people in Michigan to apply their knowledge, skills, creativity, abilities, and unique perspectives to improve our 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 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, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 26 – 28, 2024, as Global Youth Service Days in Michigan.