Thursday, April 25, 2013
Contact: Megan Archer, Assistant to the Dean, College of Health Professions (304) 696-7153

Marshall students work with local children to lead Global Youth Service Day for revitalization of playground

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University students will join together with local youth to revitalize the playground at Marcum Terrace in honor of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) April 26-28.

Twenty-five students from the departments of communication disorders and criminal justice, along with residents at St. John’s House Learning and Development Center, will help clean the playground on Friday, April 26, and paint it on Saturday, April 27.

Now in its 25th year, GYSD encourages youth-led service projects, which positively affect the young people in each community, said Pam Holland, director of clinical education in the College of Health Professions’ Department of Communication Disorders.

“We want to increase the awareness that anyone, at any age, can give back to their community,” Holland said. “We particularly want to inspire the children at Marcum Terrace this weekend.”

Held each year in April, Global Youth Service Day is a time when millions of young people come together for celebrations and community service projects, often designed to address and raise awareness around tough community issues. With GYSD projects in all 50 states, more than 100 countries and six continents, GYSD is the largest service event in the world.  GYSD is a campaign of Youth Service America (YSA), an international leader in the youth service movement.

“Congratulations and thanks to the young people of Marshall University for their work to improve their community,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president of YSA and the founder and chief convener of GYSD. “On Global Youth Service Day, the world stands in awe as we see what’s possible when kids take the lead as change-makers.”

GYSD caps National Volunteer Week in the United States, and coincides with other major international events, such as Earth Day. Spanning three days – April 26, 27, 28 – GYSD recognizes the invaluable contributions that young people make 365 days a year.

Local youth who would like to get involved in this Global Youth Service Day event may contact Pam Holland at 304-696-2985. Donations are also being accepted. Learn more and browse GYSD activities around the world on the GYSD Map at Connect on Facebook at and on Twitter @YouthService and #GYSD.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197