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Erie Youth Prepare for This Year's Global Youth Service Day

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Spending Saturday in the classroom may not be what every teenager wants to do, but this weekend around 30 kids did. But it wasn't school work they were working on, it was ways the improve the community for this year's Global Youth Service Day.

"A lot of times, adults sit around the table and kind of come up with the activities and ideas for the young people to do," said Project Manager Edison Nicholson. "This day, what we would like the young people to do is come up with their own ideas."

 That's what they did. The youth captains came together, and brainstormed ways they can help with the five target areas of homelessness, the aging population, individuals with special needs, the environment and children and the youth.

Fort LeBoeuf student Samanthalyn Weryha participated last year, and couldn't wait to do it again.

 "I love volunteering and helping the community around us," said Weryha. "I really enjoy getting a bunch of kids together and having fun and helping out around the community."

Global Youth Service Day draws out over one million kids from one hundred countries, who want to help better the place they live. Wayne Middle School Antoinett Charity said it shows a lot about how much the people her age care about where they live.

"They're really trying to change the world," said Charity. "Its nice to know that its other people all around the world doing the same thing as us. And they're trying to help out not only their little country, but all around."

Nicholson says he enjoys seeing this many kids come out to help, and believes it is a great way for them to make their communities a better place to live.

"When young people come out and actively get encouraged and serve in our community, its always a great opportunity to encourage them to continue and keep on doing something positive."

This year's Global Youth Service Day is April 27.

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