Updated: February 27, 2014 6:15AM
The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will serve as a 2014 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency, organizing teens in the Southland in large-scale projects to improve their communities.
Global Youth Service Day, an international campaign that celebrates the power of young people, will be held April 11 to 13. The Bridge and several area school districts, churches and service organizations will conduct student-led service projects throughout the Chicago area.
Last year, projects included assembling care packages for military families, cleanup at an animal shelter and painting at a local school.
The goal this year is to engage 1,000 local students in “paying it forward” in their communities. More than 20 groups have already committed to being part of this campaign.
The Bridge receives a planning grant, ongoing consultancy, technical assistance and networking opportunities from Youth Service America, an international leader in the youth service movement, according to a press release about the event. As the founder and chief organizer of Global Youth Service Day, YSA partners with organizations committed to engaging youth as community assets. The Bridge is one of 100 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agencies from across the United States selected through a competitive application process, the release said.
“We are thrilled to work with the Bridge Teen Center and the thousands of young people in the Chicagoland area who will serve and celebrate on Global Youth Service Day,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of YSA. “The power that youth have to change their community cannot be ignored.”
“The Bridge is built on the service and generosity of others, and we try to instill that in the students we serve,” Bridge Teen Center founder Priscilla Steinmetz said in the release. “Our students don’t just exist within the community, they are an important part of it. We look forward to working with our local schools, churches and service organizations as we mobilize hundreds of students in the name of serving others.
“We are honored to have been selected as a Lead Agency.”
For more information about Global Youth Service Day 2014, call (708) 532-0500 or email email@example.com.
Schools, churches, clubs and other entities in which high school students are involved may participate.