Registration begins for Mayor's Youth Summer of Service
By: Melissa Randazzo
03/20/13 3:29 PM
Office of the Mayor
March 20, 2013
Contact: Melissa Randazzo
Mesa, AZ - Attention high school teens! Are you looking to have fun and serve your community this summer? If so, Mayor Scott Smith has a great opportunity just for you during the month of June. The award winning Mayor’s Youth Summer of Service is a series of service-learning projects especially designed for teens. The program was such a hit the last three years that the projects all filled up in the first few days of registration.
New this year, is the MYSOS Grant Program where teens can apply for grants to purchase materials and supplies for an independent service project in Mesa. The MYSOS Grant Program is designed to encourage MYSOS participants to continue service into the school year by creating their own service projects. After successfully completing the MYSOS program, participants can apply for the grants online. Applicants can receive up to $100 for their project.
Mayor Smith believes that building a culture of youth volunteerism will create long-term benefits for the community and for the youth who engage in service.
“The benefits of service are greater than just satisfying an immediate community need,” Mayor Smith said. “Teens who volunteer come to understand the issues in their community and realize they have the power to make positive changes.”
Some of the service projects this year include sorting donations for children in foster care, helping in an adult day health services center, serving a meal to those in need and much more. Teens can participate in up to three service projects plus the first aid class. Spaces are limited so sign up before they fill up!
For more information and to sign up go to http://www.mesaaz.gov/volunteer/MYSOS.aspx or call Michelle Alvis at (480) 644-3705.
In December 2009, Mayor Smith became a member of the Cities of Service Coalition along with nearly one hundred other mayors who have committed themselves to working together to lead a multi-year effort to expand community service and volunteerism in cities across the country. The coalition is dedicated to implementing the recently enacted Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act through programs like the Mayor’s Summer of Service.
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