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Globally Renowned Youth Service Organization to Present Service-learning Training

Published October 4, 2011

For Immediate Release                                                
August 31, 2011
Contact: Meredith Eaton, Training and VISTA Coordinator
Phone: (207)624-6231
Email: meredith.eaton@maine.gov 

Globally Renowned Youth Service Organization to Present Service-learning Training

generationOn, a leading organization in the global youth service movement, will be offering two service-learning trainings at the Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism, Tuesday October 11 in Orono. 

generationOn partners with teachers, parents, schools, community organizations and businesses, to give youth the opportunity to see firsthand the issues in their communities and the tools and resources they need to respond and become part of the solution.  It offers curriculum resources, lesson plans, and special initiatives to leverage a comprehensive toolbox to develop young people into healthy, empowered, creative problem-solvers and community leaders.

Research shows that service yields measurable outcomes including improved academic achievement, increased critical thinking and work skills, and reduction in risky behaviors, class failures and suspensions. Service increases attendance, builds stronger relationships between teachers and students, improves academic performance and motivates students.

generationOn's Shammara Wright will conduct the session 'Combating Childhood Obesity through Service-learning,' and Laura Rog will present 'Making Service-learning Count After-School.'  Both workshops are intended for educators interested in using Service-learning as a teaching strategy and for community organizations interested in partnering with youth programs.

To register or learn more about the Blaine House Conference for Service and Volunteerism and generationOn's participation, visit www.VolunteerMaine.org.  Discounts and scholarships to attend the conference are available before September 31.

The 25th Annual Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism is sponsored by the Maine Commission for Community Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, generationOn, Youth Service America, AL!VE, and Time Warner Cable.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers and Service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of the scope and impact of the sector, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit the web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.