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National & Global Youth Service Day

September 22, 2006
Honors will lead effort in National & Global Youth Service Day

Wayne State University is the only organization in Michigan and the only university nationwide to be named a partner with Youth Serve America to promote National & Global Youth Service Day, April 20 – 22, 2007.

More than 500 young people will participate in National & Global Service Day, undertaking service projects addressing literacy, hunger, public safety, the environment and other issues confronting the community.

The Honors Program will lead the effort, along with the program’s newly launched Center for Community-Based Education, which coordinates service-learning projects among students who want to earn academic credit while working in and learning from the community. Additional support will be provided by the Children’s Bridge, which promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty throughout the university to address the many interrelated challenges facing children.

Wayne State is planning a number of events to take place around the metropolitan area over the three days. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Wayne State to work with the community to address local needs,” says Jerry Herron, director of the Honors Program. “It is also a chance for Wayne State students to learn while serving those needs. With more than 180,000 alumni living and working in southeastern Michigan, the university has a significant presence in the region. We’re not just helping the community — we’re part of the community.”