City Year Milwaukee to lead Global Youth Service Day projects at 2 MPS schools

from our partners at City Year Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – City Year Milwaukee and community volunteers will join young people around the world in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). As the largest service event in the world, GYSD caps National Volunteer Week in the United States, and coincides with other major international events, such as Earth Day. Spanning three days—April 26, 27, 28—GYSD recognizes the invaluable contributions that young people make 365 days a year.

GYSD projects led by City Year Milwaukee will be taking place at James Madison Academic Campus (JMAC) and Craig Montessori School. At JMAC, service projects will include painting large-scale courtyard murals, weeding, building and planting garden boxes, mulching under trees, working on a rain garden, and painting murals in multiple hallways, the school auditorium, and the teachers’ lounge. Images painted inside the school will include inspirational quotes and college logos.

City Year Milwaukee corps members serve in eight Milwaukee Public Schools throughout the school year, and are leading this GYSD service project at a partner school to engage the community and to show students the importance of contributing to their school environment through service.

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2013 – Registration 8:30-9:00 a.m. | Service Projects 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: James Madison Academic Campus, 8135 West Florist Avenue

WHO:

  • Jason M. Holton, Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Milwaukee
  • Lonnie Anderson, Principal of James Madison Academic Campus
  • Steven Howell, Assistant Principal of James Madison Academic Campus
  • 130 volunteers and 70 City Year Milwaukee corps members between JMAC and Craig Montessori School, and millions of youth worldwide

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: City Year Milwaukee corps members will be in uniform, including red vests or jackets, white shirts, khakis and Timberland boots. Murals will be painted in the school and in the courtyard. JMAC students will be participating in the service project.

City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. Our teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate. City Year Milwaukee has operated in Milwaukee Public Schools since 2010 and is currently in eight schools. Learn more at cityyear.org/Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving more than 78,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. MPS is home to the Milwaukee region’s two best high schools according to the Washington Post and three of state’s 25 best high schools according to U.S. News and World Report. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 14 points higher than the rate for 2000. More MPS news is available at http://mpsmke.com/news.