Youth Community Service Projects Valued at $11,984
Detroit Arsenal middle school and teens participate in Earthworks, separating soil for organic composting used in the Earthworks community garden.

DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. Aca,!" By volunteering, youth can exhibit an exemplary level of commitment. Plus they can make a difference for their community and their country.

For example, the U.S. Army Garrison Detroit Arsenal Middle School and Teen program strives to engage and inspire youth to donate their time and talents to help the less fortunate.

Aca,!A"Our program is committed to community service as we feel it's an integral part in the development of a well-rounded citizen,Aca,!A? said Teresa Brodsky, youth services director, MST program, Detroit Arsenal Child, Youth and School Services. Aca,!A"Studies show that young people who engage in service do better in school, maintain positive relationships with adults and peers and avoid risky behaviors.Aca,!A?

Seventy volunteers, ages 11-18, donated 1,070 hours during the 2009 calendar year. When utilizing the Points of Light Foundation Economic Impact of Volunteers calculator, the monetary value of the community service projects translates to $11,984.

The teens visit with veterans, provide company for the elderly, and participate in events which help feed the hungry, mentor youth, assist the homeless, and beautify the community. They also held a commanding presence in support of the installationAca,!a,,cs Army Family Action Plan conference and the Youth Leadership Forum.

The outstanding success of the MST program continues with the start of the new year, even though the youth are currently without a designated meeting facility.

Participants in the program have pledged to be involved in President Barack Obama's Call to Service, which consists of seven signature volunteer events throughout 2010. The youth began by honoring a commitment to serve during their Martin Luther King Day of Service where 24 youth from 10 different school districts within the Detroit Metropolitan area donated more than 220 hours.

Aca,!A"We are proud of the dedication and charitable efforts of our youth,Aca,!A? said Brenda Lee McCullough, garrison manager. Aca,!A"Our community is grateful for their contributions. These teens are truly making a difference.Aca,!A?

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