Global Youth Service Day 2015: Days 1-6

Global Youth Service Day 2015 has started off with bang! Within the last week, over 30 students have been engaging in meaningful service throughout their communities.
To kick-off our 30 Days of Service, Community Youth Concepts programs, KWAKer’s (Kids With a Kause) and East Bank Youth Corps, spent the afternoon packaging over 3,500 meals with other volunteers at Meals From the Heartland.  The following day, KWAKer’s were right back at it making doing preparation for their future planting in their community garden.  EMBARC students spent the afternoon creating welcome kits for refugees which they will be able to deliver to family members when they arrive to Des Moines.
On Thursday, One Iowa went to Iowa City where they had the opportunity to share personal experiences as LGBTQ students.  They spoke on a panel, sharing their needs as well as their ideas on how to build successful youth-adult partnerships between students and school leaders for a safer and more supportive educational environment.
To wrap up the first week of GYSD, Children and Family Urban Movement began their work on their community garden.  This garden will be a great addition to their neighborhood and the families they serve.