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2013.04.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Brings Together Volunteers for Global Youth Service Day
Will Serve as State Farm Lead Agency

Omaha - Youth Service America (YSA) has announced that the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will serve as a State Farm Lead Agency, organizing Omaha’s young people to lead projects that improve their communities as part of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), which takes place from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28.

As one of only 100 State Farm Lead Agencies, UNO receives a $2,000 grant, as well as ongoing training and expert consulting, to develop high-visibility, youth-led community service projects in the lead-up to GYSD.

UNO’s GYSD efforts will be held on Friday, April 26, at varying locations around the Omaha metropolitan area with an emphasis on conservation, ecology, beautification, hunger and homelessness.

Volunteers will meet at Blessed Sacrament, 6316 N. 30th St., to be sent off to one of a half dozen volunteer sites, including:

- The Nebraska Watershed Network, 2859 S. 93rd Plaza
- Habitat for Humanity Omaha, 4689 Curtis Ave.
- The Nebraska Children's Home, 3549 Fontenelle Blvd.
- Good 360, 6200 N. 16th St.

UNO will also be partnering with 600-plus students from Crete Elementary School in Crete, Neb. from Wednesday, April 24, through Friday, April 26, to create a learning garden at the school.

Registration is now open to participate in GYSD at UNO. Community members, college students and K-12 students can register to volunteer at www.unomaha.edu/serve to be a part of the largest service event in the world.

Now in its 25th year, GYSD reaches more than one million young people via partnerships with schools, community groups and faith-based organizations. Service projects will occur in more than 100 countries and will address community needs such as healthy living, childhood hunger, and environmental conservation.

“We are thrilled UNO is leading Global Youth Service Day activities in Omaha and around Nebraska,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of YSA. “Every youth should have the opportunity to make a difference.”

“Groups like UNO are so critical to today’s youth. Global Youth Service Day helps to strengthen, educate, and create safer communities – and with agencies like UNO leading the charge, we feel confident that young people will be at the forefront of these efforts,” said Kathy Payne, senior director of Education Leadership at State Farm.

The State Farm Lead Agency grant was available to organizations in the United State and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. In partnership with YSA, State Farm awarded a total of $200,000 in Lead Agency grants to support youth-led projects designed to improve communities.

Celebrating 25 years of youth changing the world, YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving in substantive roles. Through campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service; YSA Grants and awards programs; and resources and training opportunities, YSA activates millions of young people each year. Working with—and on behalf of—youth, adult mentors, organizations and schools, YSA promotes a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of community action, learning, leadership, and achievement. www.YSA.org and www.GYSD.org.

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Media Information

Local Contact:
Charley Reed University of Nebraska at Omaha,
Media Relations Coordinator
402.554.2129
cdreed@unomaha.edu

National Media Contact:
Michelle Pendoley, Communications Director YSA (Youth Service America) | Global Youth Service Day
202-650-5064 mpendoley@ysa.org
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* NOTE: This release has been updated to indicate the locations of Friday's events *

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