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Youngsters recognized for service on Global Youth Day

Young people from all over Albany County spent time cleaning parks and tending to local gardens during a celebration of youth service.

Albany County, Town of Colonie and City of Cohoes Youth Bureaus helped host a local celebration for the 2010 Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 24, 2010.

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin said it is important for the youth who participated to sets a good example, and encourage other young people to serve the community in addition to a number of other benefits.

One, make them aware of the needs of others and two it shows them that if they get organized and get out there, they will really make a difference, Breslin said.

Breslin has been a part of the project for three years, since its inception in Albany County.

A recognition ceremony was held at the Lincoln Park Bathhouse in Albany during the afternoon.

In addition to Breslin, Lucille McKnight D-Albany, and chairwoman of the Youth Board in Albany County, Children, Youth and Families

Commissioner Colette Poulin Margaret Diggs, executive director of the County Youth Bureau and Ryan Horstmyer, D-Loudonville, who also sits on the Youth Board and were in attendance at the event.

"Volunteering and giving back to the community," are essential activities for youths to participate in, McKnight said.

Service project sites included the Regional Food Bank, Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society, American Red Cross, Capital District Community Gardens, Lincoln Park, Mercy House, Washington Park, the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Capital City Rescue Mission, the Albany Damien Canter and the City of Cohoes Park Beautification program, according to organizers.

Poulin said the this is the third year Albany County participated in Global Youth Day, and said service activities ranged from working at local parks, to raking and tending to community gardens.

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