By Robert Bisi
Under the canopy of cherry blossoms, more than 1,000 young people, families, national service members, and public officials gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC, last weekend to engage in volunteer service for more than 20 national and local nonprofits.
This day of service called “MONUMENTAL Day of Service: A Celebration of Global Youth Service Day” was organized by the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) as the culminating event for its annual National Service-Learning Conference.
Volunteers were joined by national leaders including U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl, and youth leaders from the NYLC, Youth Service America, State Farm, and Special Olympics. Each shared messages about the power that young people have to affect positive change and solve critical community challenges.
AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl said, “There is much to appreciate in what you did today serving the people of our country. Your presence honors all who are memorialized here and your family and friends back home.”
The day of service included service stations organized by NYLC partners such as the Peace Corps, D.C. Habitat for Humanity, Earth Force, generationOn, Special Olympics Project UNIFY, and many others. Projects addressed environmental issues, health, inclusion, and educational needs.
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