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Community Youth Concepts plans weekend of celebrations in Des Moines for GYSD 2017


Des Moines, Iowa – As part of its Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) event, Community Youth Concepts (CYC) will recognize outstanding youth who are making an impact in their communities through

volunteer service. The organization is a key leader of Global Youth Service Day, an international event on April 21-23, 2017 that celebrates the power of young people.

Unique to this year’s event is the unveiling of one of the rain art installations at the GYSD Celebration on Friday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Grandview University Student Center. Rain Art is artwork that can only be seen when it’s raining.  Students have identified positive messages and locations where they would like to install their Rain Art and are working to install these messages. Following this pilot phase, custom installations will be done on a fee for service basis for for-profit entities by contacting Community Youth Concepts. Installations can also be customized.

CYC will also recognize the 2017 Youth of the Year Scholarship Winners.  Scholarship winners are high school seniors who have completed 100 or more hours of service in the past year.  This year’s scholarship winners are:

Pa Bleh: volunteers with the Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) Vineyard Walk-in Clinic as an interpreter, and with Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) at North High School

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Shivani Kumaresan: volunteers as chair of CYC’s uVoice youth philanthropy board, as co-founder of SPEAK at DMPS Central Academy, as a tutor at DMPS Central Academy, and with her temple

Ellen Sattler: is very active in her 4H club, school, and church, volunteers in various roles at Bidwell-Riverside Center, and leads groups of elementary students at Crestview School of Inquiry,

Rachel Snodgrass: volunteers for a month each summer as a junior counselor with Living History Farms day camp

Emily Steimel: volunteers with Meals for the Heartland, Jordan Creek Elementary, Iowa Senior Games, and Living History Farms, and is very active with in her high school and its orchestra

Now in its 29th year, GYSD is the largest and longest-running youth service event in the world. It is the only event dedicated to celebrating the contributions that young people make to their communities year-round.

“We are thrilled to partner with Community Youth Concepts and the thousands of young people in Iowa who will serve and celebrate on Global Youth Service Day,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA. “We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems, if given the opportunity. They are wired for novelty (learning new things and creating new solutions), risk (trying things adults might not), and peer authority (kids listen to other kids more than they do to adults). Today’s social and environmental problems are immense; we need youth in Iowa to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow.”


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