Dozens volunteer in Lansing for Global Youth Service Day

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Thousands of Michigan kids, teens, and young adults are volunteering.

They’ve worked all across the state this month for Global Youth Service Day.

“We’re responsible for maintaining the Earth for ourselves, the community, and then like for future generations as well, so we want to keep it as nice as we can,” said Abbey Garcia, a volunteer with Michigan State University.

“The Earth does so much for us and gives us this beautiful place to live, and being able to give back is really cool,” said Amanda Neumann, another volunteer with MSU.

Garcia and Neumann are just two of the dozens of people cleaning up Lansing’s Hunter Park Garden in light of Global Youth Service Day.

“We just signed up online and they had us come out here today,” said Garcia.

The two are volunteers with Michigan State University’s Alternative Spartan Breaks program, which provides students with service trips all around the world.

“We went on a trip to Costa Rica and learned all about sustainability and to be able to bring that back to our hometown is really important to show what we’ve learned so far,” said Neumann.

According to greenerideal.com, Americans throw away enough trash in a year to circle the Earth 24 times.

That’s why Kat Kepski, the Americorps gardening educator for the project, says it’s important that kids learn to take care of the Earth early on.

“I think it’s really important for kids to start at a young age to give back to their community, especially if they live around the area,” said Kepski.

If there’s a lesson to be learned from this project, Garcia says:

“Definitely do everything you can to like make sure that you put in some extra effort to help out the Earth and help out your neighbors as well, because we’re all in this together,” said Garcia.

Even though Global Youth Service Day is now over, you can still get involved in volunteer opportunities throughout the state through the Michigan Community Service Commission.

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