Jefferson County Youth Alliance Awards Global Youth Service Day Mini-Grants | Community donations

WATERTOWN – The Jefferson County Youth Alliance, through a partnership with Youth Service America, is empowering young people to use their voice and give back to their communities.

Global Youth Service Day, the largest youth service and civic action event in the world, will take place from April 29 to May 1. In Jefferson County, there will be 10 community service projects engaging youth ages 5 to 25, according to the organization.

The projects are as follows:

• Hearts for Youth — Community Garden

• Watertown City School District – Case Jr. National Honor Society – SPCA Drive

• YMCA Healthy Kids Running — Youth Mental Health Backpacks

• South Jefferson Wilson Elementary Student Council—Crayon Recycling Drive

• South Jefferson Wilson Elementary – Just Breathe – Mindfulness for young people

• City of Orléans — History tour of the library

• South Jefferson High School SADD Program — Saturday Car Wash and Public Outreach

• 13601 Helpers – Victim Assistance Center hygiene collection and donations

• Youth Court – Town Hall with Youth and Community Leaders

Each service project submitted a mini-grant application explaining their project and its potential impact. All applications were reviewed by a committee made up of youth and adults.

“We are delighted to see the impact of these projects. It means a lot to us to be a catalyst for positive change, especially youth-led change,” said Youth Alliance Project Director Tammie Nabywaniec. “Our community has so many inspiring and talented people; the young people themselves and the support systems such as families, schools and community organizations who volunteer their time and energy every day. We are simply grateful to be able to work with each of them.

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