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First Annual Youth What’s Your 50? Award Recognition

On Saturday, April 18th Community Youth Concepts and Iowa Commission on Volunteer Services joined together to honor Iowa youth who have gone above and beyond the call of service by volunteering 50 or more hours within the past year to needs of their community.  25 students were awarded, and on Saturday at the State Historical Building Miss Greater Des Moines, Serica Rowley and Miss Greater Des Moines Outstanding Teen, Sophia Aguirre, congratulated these students as emcees for the event. Collectively, these students volunteered close to 4,000 hours, impacting 97 different organizations, communities, and service projects, and had an economic impact of over $88,000. Later in the evening, six high school seniors were also awarded a $500 scholarship for volunteering over 100 hours. This scholarship was made possible by Kiwanis Club of Downtown Des Moines, Sloan and Amy Cownie and the Addam C. Medina Foundation, who believe in the power and impact of service. To see more pictures from the night, visit Iowa Service Learning on...

Community Youth Concepts to Honor Students for Volunteer Service

Join Community Youth Concepts on Saturday April 18th for the CYC Global Youth Service Day Celebration and the Addam C. Medina Foundation’s Annual Event. WHAT: Global Youth Service Day “What’s Your 50?” Volunteer Recognition and $500 Scholarship Ceremonies WHO:  Community Youth Concepts, Addam C. Medina Foundation, and Kiwanis Club of Downtown Des Moines WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 3-4 pm and 6:30 pm WHERE: Iowa State Historical Museum CONTACT:  Amy Croll, Community Youth Concepts, 371-9278 or amy@cyconcepts.org During the service day celebration from 3:00-4:00 pm, twenty-five youth will be recognized for completing 50+ volunteer hours. Some volunteer projects include assisting refugees, organizing sock drives for the homeless, volunteering at animal shelters, and community garden work. The following students will be recognized: Hanna Anderson, West Des Moines, Valley High School-Age 17 Emily Grace Bergez, West Des Moines, Valley High School-Age 18 Jacob Bundt, Churdan, Churdan Jr./Sr. High School-Age 18 Kaley Claiser, Urbandale, Jensen Elementary-Age 8 Mahayla Claiser, Urbandale, Urbandale Middle School-Age 13 Ben Croll, Urbandale, Rolling Green Elementary-Age 10 Katelyn Croll, Urbandale, Urbandale Middle School-Age 11 Darouth Douch, Des Moines, East High School-Age 18 Katie Foley, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic High School-Age 18 Leah Gardner, Urbandale, Olmsted Elementary-Age 11 Jordan George, Norwalk, Roosevelt/Central Academy High School-Age 14 Abigail Hall, Clive, Walnut Creek High School-Age 15 Elena Hildebrandt, Des Moines, Roosevelt High School-Age 17 Alec Jessen, West Des Moines, Valley Southwoods High School-Age 15 Sierra Johnson, Des Moines, Lincoln High School-Age 18 Heather Kemp, Dubuque, Dubuque Senior High School-Age 17 Mary Korch, Cedar Rapids, Thomas Jefferson High School-Age 18 Mary Le, Clive, Waukee High School-Age 17 Alexis Morris, Des Moines, East High School-Age 18 Lucas Schmidt, Preston, Marquette Catholic...

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...

Thirty Days of Service Kicks Off!

Global Youth Service Day 2015 is under way! Community Youth Concepts is working with various partners throughout Iowa to facilitate over 40 service projects engaging youth in the needs of their communities. Some of these projects include providing services to the homeless, creating welcome kits for refugees, and advocating for supportive services at schools. We are very excited about being able to promote Iowa youth who are passionate about using their voice and talents to serve others. Please visit our calendar that portrays all of our partners’ service...

Global Youth Service Day 2015

Planning for Global Youth Service Day 2015 is underway!  This year, GYSD is taking place April 17-19th.   GYSD is the largest service event in the world dedicated to children and youth.  It is celebrated in over 100 countries and we want to be sure Iowa is being loud and proud in doing their part by educating, encouraging, and providing service and service-learning opportunities to our youth.  Whether you are a teacher working with students in a classroom, an after-school program facilitator building external relationships and extended curriculum, or a community organization eager to engage with youth, GYSD is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of service and to be a part of a state-wide movement impacting our communities immediately and enriching our youth forever. If you want to get involved planning a service project please contact anna@cyconcepts.org at Community Youth Concepts. Our friends at Youth Service America are offering Disney Friends for Change Grants of $500 to young change-makers.  This grant encourages them to gather their friends and turn their creative ideas to help their communities into projects taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day.  Whether protecting the planet, providing food to hungry people, helping other kids learn, or promoting healthy behaviors, Friends for Change help make their communities greener, safer, smarter, healthier, cleaner, and fairer. Youth ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and DC are eligible. Apply by February 18, 2015 to turn your idea from a dream into reality!  www.YSA.org/disney_friends_for_change_us_grants For more information visit Global Youth Service Day and Youth Service...