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Allegan County United Way Hosts Global Youth Service Day Event


From April 21-23, youth and children in 135 countries across the globe will engage in service projects as part of Global Youth Service Day 2017. In Allegan County, twenty students from the Allegan County Area Technical Education Center have partnered with Allegan County United Way for their own Global Youth Service Day event. As part of an “Adopt-a-Highway” clean up, students and community volunteers will remove roadside litter between 18th and 20th street on M-222. The event will take place Friday, April 21 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Following the roadside clean up, students will reflect on how humans affect their local environment during a Lunch and Learn discussion hosted by Allegan County United Way. The students will learn about how common pollutants – like plastic bottles – make their way into our local water systems and affect our global environment. Students will also learn more about the Kalamazoo River, its watershed, and ongoing efforts to revitalize the river. The discussion will ask students to explore ways to prevent roadside pollution and engage their peers in environmentally sustainable habits.

If you are interested in participating in Global Youth Service Day, or an event like this, please contact Susan Henderson ( at Allegan County United Way for more information.

This project is supported in part by a Michigan Community Service Commission grant awarded to Allegan County United Way.