2nd Annual "Restoring Carolina Through Youth Service" Day
3,000 Youth Perform Community service projects in every county – all at the same time, same day
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On September 11, 2010, more than 3,000 youth volunteers will spread around the state to engage in the Department of Juvenile Justice’s second annual community service day. “Restoring Carolina Through Youth Service” Day will engage thousands of youth, volunteers and DJJ staff in service projects in every county in South Carolina – all at the same time, on the same day. New this year is the involvement of youth, community partners, and DJJ staff on the agency’s Broad River Road Complex. A number of service projects will be implemented within the “Community Behind the Fence” (inside DJJ's secure facilities) to engage the young people in DJJ’s long-term institutions.
This year, DJJ’s service day will coincide with the September 11, National Day of Service, which was created under legislation approved by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama to encourage community service and volunteer opportunities.
DJJ’s initiative is focused on service by young people who have made poor choices in their lives. This is their chance to give back and to help build safer, stronger communities. Their participation is voluntary and is part of the agency’s efforts to have young offenders make significant contributions to the community through service opportunities.
Holding this event for the second consecutive year demonstrates DJJ’s continuing commitment to strengthening families and communities. DJJ will again partner with businesses, agencies, community groups, law enforcement, churches, schools and other groups statewide to fully institute its day of service. These partners will include AmeriCorps in South Carolina, Arbitration Programs, law enforcement, agencies, community groups, churches, schools, non-profit organizations (including the Friends of Juvenile Justice), and many others. Organizations and individuals interested in partnering in this event should contact their local DJJ County Office.
More than 70 different service projects will be undertaken to address the needs of the community including those dedicated to the elderly and sick, non-profit organizations, food and clothing drives for the needy, and various beautification and gardening projects for nursing homes and homeless shelters.
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
4900 Broad River Road
Columbia SC, 29212-3552
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