2002-04-27 / Community

Americorps To Celebrate Youth Service Day

Americorps To Celebrate Youth Service Day

National Youth Service Day is scheduled for April 26-28.

"It’s the largest service event in the world with over 3 million young people participating in thousands of service events nationwide. It represents the coming together of the private, public, nonprofit sector in communities across the nation. This day celebrates the energy of young people and is an opportunity to recognize the contributions they make in communities everyday," says a coordinator of the event.

Americorps is a national community service program that brings young people from across the country to serve their communities and the nation. NCCC is active and very involved in community service and service learning. The program is in its 8th year and has 40,000 members working in over 1,000 communities. The NCCC is the only residential program within Americorps. Members work in the areas of education, environment, human needs, public safety, and disaster relief. They dedicate ten months to national service in exchange for a $4,725 educational award and a small living allowance.

Americorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) will be participating in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk in Staten Island in honor of National Youth Service Day.

The organization recently held a dinner for the senior citizens residing at Ocean Village Apartment Complex. Several area restaurants contributed generously to the event, including Goody’s Barbeque, Island Pride, Belle Harbor Kosher Deli, Ciro’s Pizzeria, and Elegante Pizza. With the help of these restaurants, the event exceeded its expectations to provide the senior citizens with food and an inviting atmosphere.

For the previous two months NCCC has been working on a variety of projects in Arverne, N.Y., including tutoring at P.S. 225Q and establishing a senior citizen center for the residents of Ocean Village. Also, they have also organized an after-school program for the youth at Ocean Village.

Because of the support of the community these projects surpassed their intended goal. The members of Americorps are thankful for the many contributors who helped such ideas become reality.

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