Global Youth Service Day Engage Michigan Youth

Global Youth Service Day Engage Michigan Youth

By Jane Sugiyama. CREATED Apr 8, 2014

LANSING, MI. - The Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, The LEAGUE Michigan, and Michigan Campus Compact, with support from Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announced the distribution of more than $11,000 in mini-grant funds to support 2014 Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) projects across the state. Thanks to these mini-grants, hundreds of Michigan youth will lend their considerable resources to addressing critical issues in their communities this April.

Thirty-four organizations from across Michigan received funds to coordinate service projects that tackle critical challenges in their communities; including education, environmental stewardship, hunger, homelessness, and services for veterans. Grants range in value from $90 to $500. Michigan, now ranked #3 in the GYSD project registration rankings, put Michigan in the national spotlight for GYSD efforts! 

All of the projects funded by the mini-grants incorporated youth in the planning process and/or will engage youth as volunteers. 

"It is exciting to witness the energy behind the projects youth are planning as part of the Youth Service Day” said Ginna Holmes, Executive Director of the Michigan Community Service Commission. “Michigan youth have so much to offer as they invest their time and talents to make an impact in their communities. We are pleased to assist youth with participating in this state-wide Volunteer movement.”

GYSD is an annual volunteer event that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day through service and service-learning. Established in 1988 by Youth Service America, GYSD is the largest service event in the world and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. On this day, children and youth address the world's most critical issues in partnership with families, schools, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and governments entities. GYSD will be celebrated this year from April 11 through 12, 2014, with several projects occurring on additional dates.

“The GYSD funds are an invaluable asset to our communities,” said Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association. “In addition to tackling the challenges we face in Michigan, these programs teach our young people the value of service and civic engagement.”

If you're interested in serving as a volunteer, please visit to search for opportunities in your area.