The Pima County Board of Supervisors proclaimed Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, “Global Youth Service Days” in the County.
“Pima County youth are critical assets in our community,” said District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías. “This weekend, and throughout the year, youth volunteer to address issues like illiteracy, childhood obesity, hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, and disaster preparedness.”
On Friday, April 26, City High School will host the Pennington Street Block Party in downtown Tucson, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The party will showcase the many creative and productive ways young people improve in their community. The event features live music, street art, street theater, food trucks, and activities for all ages. “We’ll celebrate the great community service work that young people have been doing all year long,” said Maryann Phininzy, Pima Community College Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps Program.
Friday through Sunday, community service will continue with youth volunteering on a range of projects including: Healthy Eating, Active Lifestyle Festival at Tucson Village Farm, Clean Up and Serve in vacant lots around Mansfield Middle School, Book Give-away at the Reading Seed Center, and Cyclovia.
Global Youth Service Days is a program of Youth Service America, an organization dedicated to engaging youth age 5 to 25.
The Service Days are coordinated by the Tucson Service Learning Group with support from a State Farm grant. “It’s about creating our future leaders, and they need support and mentorship from our current leaders,” Phininzy explained. “Youth need to see that the community values their efforts. It’s about creating a reciprocal partnership between the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow.”
For more information about the Pennington Street Block Party, go to: http://cityhighschool.org/community/blockparty.