Lourdes University to partner with Padua Center for 2012 Global Youth Service Day
Lourdes University has announced that its TRiO Upward Bound program was recently awarded a Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) mini-grant though the Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism (ServeOhio). Established in 1988, GYSD is the only day of service dedicated to children and youth, and is celebrated each year in over 100 countries.
For its 2012 GYSD project, Lourdes is partnering with the Padua Center. On April 21, 2012, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (weather permitting), more than 50 Upward Bound students from Lourdes University will plant a salsa garden and assemble playground toys and needed storage at the Padua Center of Toledo.
Lourdes was 1 of only 3 organizations to receive funding for GYSD through ServeOhio. The Dayton Urban Ministry Center and Green Country Family & Children First Department of Xenia, Ohio also received funding. ServeOhio awarded the $1,000 GYSD mini-grants through the support of the organization’s Stewards of Service corporate partners American Electric Power Ohio and Honda of America. For more on ServeOhio, visit www.serveohio.org.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRiO Upward Bound is a challenging, preparatory program preparing high school students for post-secondary education. Established in 1999, the Lourdes Upward Bound program serves 50 students each year in grades 9-12. Students are enrolled from two target high schools: Waite High School and Woodward High School, both located in Toledo.
Established by the Catholic Diocese of Toledo in 2006, the Padua Center is a membership-based organization located in the rectory of the former Saint Anthony of Padua Church on Nebraska Avenue. The mission of Padua Center is to add a Christian community-based presence empowering people at all stages of life to achieve their maximum potential through education, counseling, support and community involvement. Visit the Padua Center online at http://www.paduacenter.org.