Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that the youth make 365 days of the year. WMAC's project for 2016 was called #GlamUpGarfieldPark.
This project began as a beautification project for one building in the Garfield Park Neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Through community support and partnerships, this project evolved to be a neighborhood wide large scale city event promoting clean neighborhoods and community partnerships. With different projects throughout the neighborhood, this event is inclusive and open to the public. Almost 100 volunteers participated including several AmeriCorps teams and Central Michigan University students.
This spring, WMAC was able to secure a scholarship for 18 AmeriCorps members & alumni and the 5 WMAC board members to participate in a four part cooking class series. The class specializes in increasing cooking skills and making food on a limited budget.
In March, some AmeriCorps members from programs across West Michigan teamed up to provide service to Flint as they are in need. Boots on the ground, water bottles in hand, these AmeriCorps members provided direct service on their day off because they are totally awesome.
This MLK Day, in partnership with Partners for a Racism-Free Community (PRFC) and the W. MI AmeriCorps Collaborative, Celebration! Cinema will feature the movie DOPE as a precursor to a larger conversation on how racism and stereotypes impact the experiences of young people navigating issues of equity present day. PRFC will facilitate a post- movie discussion on the themes and experiences of young people in Greater Grand Rapids grappling with issues of race and equity, particularly as it relates to perception of self and upward mobility.
About the Movie:
DOPE is a coming of age film centered on the experience of Malcolm, a student applying for admission to Harvard. Rated R.
Collaboration Caught on Camera
Check here for photos of past events.