Youth As Resources of Crow Wing County recently announced support of National Youth Service Day, a 48-hour event April 20-21.
Thousands of young Americans are expected to participate in volunteer service projects in their communities.
They will be raking for senior citizens, painting murals over graffiti, cooking for homeless people, showing up at nursing homes with checkers and checker boards and testing water in their area lakes.
The three primary goals of this event are to recognize year-round volunteering efforts of young people nationwide; to recruit a new generation of citizens that are participants and supporters of youth service organizations; and to promote youth as resources, rather than problems in their communities.
"Projects do not have to cost anything to make a huge difference," Judy Kidder, YAR director, said in a news release. "But, if young people need a small amount of funding to do their project, they could submit a proposal to YAR."
YAR is currently accepting proposals from children and teens who vision ways they can improve their community. Grant proposal forms are available off YAR's community Web site at lakesarea.net. Click the "Community Web site" box and then the "Kids & Teens" listing to find YAR.
Forms can also be obtained from the following youth board members: Jaret Balk, Mike Converse, Matt Cummings, Jessica Olson, David Roloff, Deb Roloff, Katie Toumi or Mike Yager, or from co-director Katie Vande Brake, who can be reached at 828-1207, or Kidder, who can be reached at 829-9100.
Proposals must be postmarked or hand-delivered by April 2 to 510 S. 10th St., Brainerd, MN 56401.
YAR is funded by the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation and the Family Services Collaborative of Crow Wing County. It is part of a wider group of YAR programs involving more than 200,000 youth in 22 states and three foreign countries.
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