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Global Youth Service Day Celebrates the Leadership of Young People

Youth, families, performers, and shoppers united at Southdale Center on April 18 for Minnesota’s celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2015! Attendees engaged in onsite service projects by decorating meal bags, assembling hygiene kits, writing letters, and more, benefiting Meals on Wheels, Avenues for Youth, Women’s Advocates, Inc., Karen refugees, and military veterans.

Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks Step Team

Throughout the afternoon, the mall was filled with the energy and voices of youth performers from across the state. Youth talent was showcased on the main stage, with performances by SoundCheck Public Relations, the De La Salle ONYX Step Team, Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Dance, the Robbinsdale Cooper High School Lady Hawks Step Team, High School for Recording Arts students, the S.A.G. and MNIC Drill Team, dancers from the Nobles County Integration Collaborative and the Girls Restorative Program in Duluth, and an acoustic serenade from El Colegio student Rodolfo Navarro. Members of the Minnesota Youth Council emceed the event and recognized the impact of the many service projects happening across Minnesota.

Nobles County Integration Collaborative performing a traditional dance

The largest service event in the world that celebrates the leadership of young people, Global Youth Service Day engages over 2 million youth in more than 135 countries on six continents in service projects and events. Minnesota has consistently led the service movement nationally with the most youth service projects registered at the Global Youth Service Day website. Special thanks to Delta Dental of Minnesota, State Farm, and Youth Service America for their support of GYSD 2015!

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