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April 1, 2014 > Local student receives Disney Grant

Local student receives Disney Grant

Submitted By Omkar Salpekar

Omkar Salpekar, a sophomore from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, has been awarded a Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant through YSA (Youth Service America). The grant will support Salpekar in leading a community service project for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD).

Service activities will take place on Global Youth Service Day, April 11-13, at Weekes Community Center, Hayward - the largest volunteering and service event in the world. There will be interactive building activities that will encourage students to work in teams and use their creativity to build a bridge out of household materials. The project will be great way to discover studentsÕ interests: leadership, engineering, designing, and so much more!

Now in its 26th year, Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. As the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 135 countries and all 50 states.

Omkar is a true Friend for Change,Ó said Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of YSA (Youth Service America). ÒHe is leading an amazing project to help students in a low-income part of Hayward realize their passions and encourage them to get involved in related activities, keeping them away from harmful influences. We are so proud of his great work and how it will help the community.Ó

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