Reading, PA — Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) of Reading hosted by VOiCEup Berks will host two signature events in celebration of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) on April 21 and 22. Now in its 30th year, GYSD is the largest and longest-running youth service event in the world, and the only event dedicated to celebrating the contributions that young people make to their communities year-round. YVC of Reading will be hosting and participating in Canstructure at Albright College on Saturday, April 21, from 8 am- 2 pm. On Sunday, April 22, volunteers of all ages will participate in service projects in City Park, 11th and Washington Streets, from 1-3 pm for Global Youth Service Day 2018, a Youth Service America (YSA) international event. The event on Sunday will culminate in a celebration of youth service with food, games, 3v3 basketball tournament and music from 3-4.
Canstructure – April 21 – Albright College
Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) of Reading is partnering with Performance Toyota and Albright College to bring the first annual YVC Canstructure event, a structure building competition to fight hunger, to Berks County. Teams of youth throughout Berks County, mentored by artists, architects, engineers, and contractors will compete in a contest to build incredible designs made entirely from cans of food collected during youth food drives. The structures will be built on the morning of April 21, 2018 on the Albright College campus. Following the competition on Saturday, all canned food will be donated to the Greater Berks Food Bank. Performance Toyota of Sinking Spring is the title sponsor for the event. Karen Linder, Performance Toyota Charitable Giving Coordinator, said, “We are proud to partner with Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading in their food drive for Canstructure and are excited to see the sculptures students create with the canned goods they collect. It’s a win-win community service project that fosters important skills in our youth and helps to fight hunger at the same time. How could we pass that up?”
Global Youth Service Day City Park Clean-up – April 22 – City Park
YVC of Reading has partnered with Reading Public Works Department, Berks County Monument Preservation Fund and Permacultivate for the third consecutive year to participate in several service projects in City Park including: general park clean-up, flower planting, mulching, park beautification, bench painting and other projects inside the City Greenhouse. The event in City Park will engage approximately 300 volunteers and will be supported by various organizations, groups and school districts. The event also includes food, music and a 3v3 basketball contest and will be held rain or shine. Select Berks County students will also be recognized for their service hours in the community over the past year.
“Our youth make such an impact on our community throughout the year, so it’s exciting seeing them serve as part of this global movement,” said Christie Botterbusch, program director of YVC of Reading. “Youth can make such a difference in their communities when they serve together.”