KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, 4/11/10, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Lisa Humenik, President & CEO, and Michelle Lesco, Sr. Youth Service Manager at the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, the lead agency for the 22nd Global Youth Service Day. 

Humenik says Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning.

Lesco says more than 1000 young people are expected to participate April 23-25 in Tucson. She says participants will learn about community needs, while giving their time, energy, commitment, and idealism. She says participation puts youth on a lifelong path of service and civic engagement.  She says youth submit requests for funding for projects.  Those approved, she says, receive from 25 to 250 dollars, depending on the nature of the project. Lesco says young people identify a community need they want to address and plan their own projects.

Humenik says a significant on-going youth program is the Youth Volunteer Corps for youth ages 11-18.  She says the Center provides service learning and leadership opportunities in several different areas including the environment, animals, children, seniors, homelessness, hunger, social justice and much more.