WHEREAS, Global Youth Service Day is an annual day of action that celebrates and mobilizes children and teens who improve their communities each day of the year through community service and service-learning; and,
WHEREAS, Global Youth Service Days, the largest service event in the world, is being observed in all 50 states and more than 100 countries; and,
WHEREAS, community service and service-learning provide opportunities for young people in our state to apply their knowledge, skills, creativity, abilities and unique perspectives to improve Michigan communities, and become active citizens and community leaders; and,
WHEREAS, community service and service-learning are proven to increase academic achievement, increase workforce readiness, and build social and emotional skills; and,
WHEREAS, Global Youth Service Days provide an opportunity for schools, community organizations, faith-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and families to engage youth as leaders and problem-solvers in their communities; and,
WHEREAS, young people across the state will be engaged in service to their communities on Global Youth Service Days; and,
WHEREAS, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in our respect for the efforts of young people in our state who will participate in Global Youth Service Days and recognize that they will make significant contributions to individuals and families in Michigan;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 20-22, 2018 as Global Youth Service Days in Michigan.