After-School All-Stars Ohio to Host One-Day Youth Service Event

After-School All-Stars Ohio to Host One-Day Youth Service Event
More than local students will complete service projects at Franklin Park

COLUMBUS, OH – After-School All-Stars Ohio will celebrate Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The one-day service event will take place at Franklin Park Conservatory from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. More than 100 All-Stars from local grade schools will spend the day completing service projects that help enrich their communities.

“Global Youth Service Day is an opportunity for our students to become engaged and active citizens,” said Ayisha Marawi, service-learning coordinator at After-School All-Stars Ohio. “Our goal is to show these students the gratification and sense of accomplishment that comes with serving others.”

Global Youth Service Day is a national 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, 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.

After-School All-Stars students will focus their projects in the areas of energy conservation, animal protection, hunger and violence. Their projects will include planting seedlings for a community garden and making blankets to donate to victims of domestic violence. Students are expected to participate in at least three service projects during the event.

“This day will not only benefit our students, but it will also create partnerships with many community agencies in the central Ohio area,” said Marawi. “These partnerships will allow our students to continue to serve beyond Global Youth Service Day.”

For GYSD, millions of children around the world will work with schools, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, volunteer programs, government agencies and other individuals to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.

After-School All-Stars Ohio will partner with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Franklin County Dog Shelter, Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks, the YWCA Family Center and American Electric Power during Global Youth Service Day.

About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs. During the school year, children participate in free programs that include academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Over 81,000 children from families of poverty benefit in 12 U.S. regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and South Florida. For more information, visit www.asasohio.org or contact the ASAS Ohio office at 614-257-1678.

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