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James City County Parks and Recreation and Virginia Cooperative Extension, 4-H Youth Development Join Millions of Volunteers for 20th Annual Global Youth Service Day 

Date: April 17, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:


Nancy Ellis                                                                            Jeremy Johnson
James City County Parks and Recreation                      Virginia Cooperative Extension
757-259-5370                                                                       757-564-2170
Email: nellis@james-city.va.us                                          Email: jejohns1@vt.edu

 

James City County Parks and Recreation and the Virginia Cooperative Extension, 4-H Youth Development - two County resources for supporting and strengthening community service, will mobilize more than 220 people to participate in the 20th Annual Global Youth Service Day.

 

Two local projects are scheduled. On Thursday, April 17 from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., students from the After School program, Beyond the Bell and STRIVE programs at James Blair, Berkeley and Toano middle schools will initiate an orienteering project at Freedom Park. There, they’ll learn the basic of orienteering using a compass and GPS unit, all while learning about health and wellness.

 

On Friday, April 25, from 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., those students will begin construction of the orienteering trail at the Park. Work includes installing markers and performing trail maintenance. An awards dinner and appreciation ceremony will follow for participants and their parents.

 

Freedom Park, located at 5535 Centerville Road, is the site of one the nation’s earliest Free Black Settlements in America (1803-1850), the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary (1781), an 18th –century graveyard, a 17th century domicile and the Williamsburg Botanical “Ellipse Garden.”

 

Global Youth Service Day, celebrated nationally from April 25-27, is the largest service event in the world, mobilizing youth to identify and address the needs of their communities through service-learning and community service. Research continues to support service-learning programs as an effective method to increase student academic achievement. According to a leading researcher in service-learning, Shelley Billig from RMC Research Corporation, “Service-learning, when implemented with high quality, yields statistically significant impacts

on academic achievement, civic engagement, acquisition of leadership skills, and personal/social development.”

 

WEB:  

 

For more information about Global Youth Service Day and to see a comprehensive project list, visit or www.YSA.org/map or www.YSA.org/gysd.

 

ON SITE CONTACT:

Jeremy Johnson, Associate Extension Agent Virginia Cooperative Extension/Associate Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development at 757-564-2170 or email jejohns1@vt.edu.

 

About Global Youth Service Day:

 

GYSD is the largest youth service event in the world. GYSD is a year-round effort to expand the impact of the youth service movement. The initiative launches new service organizations, policy changes, and sustainable service programs to create a culture of engaged youth. State Farm Companies Foundation is the presenting sponsor. More than 125 national partners and 70 lead agencies throughout the United States organize campaigns. Overseas, national lead agencies in more than 100 countries participate.  Planning Tool Kits, Service-Learning Curriculum Guides, classroom posters, grants, and more are available for youth, parents, teachers and organizations. For the U.S. Map of Service Projects for GYSD 2008: www.YSA.org/map.
 
About Youth Service America:

 

Youth Service America seeks to improve communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in important roles.  Founded in 1986, YSA is an international nonprofit resource center that partners with thousands of organizations in more than 100 countries to expand the impact of the youth service movement with families, communities, schools, corporations, and governments.  For more information: www.YSA.org.

 

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