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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:15 pm | Updated: 3:50 pm, Tue Mar 26, 2013.

Teens, are you looking for a fun way to spend the summer and help others?

The award winning Mayor’s Youth Summer of Service, created by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, is a series of service-learning projects especially designed for teenagers. The program was such a hit the last three years that the projects all filled up in the first few days of registration.

New this year is the Mayor’s Youth Summer of Service Grant Program, where teens can apply for grants to purchase materials and supplies for an independent service project in Mesa. The grant program is designed to encourage participants to continue service into the school year by creating their own service projects. After successfully completing the program, participants can apply for the grants online. Applicants can receive up to $100 for their project.

“The benefits of service are greater than just satisfying an immediate community need,” Smith said. “Teens who volunteer come to understand the issues in their community and realize they have the power to make positive changes.”

Some of the service projects this year include sorting donations for children in foster care, helping in an adult day health services center, serving a meal to those in need and much more. Teens can participate in up to three service projects, plus the first aid class.

For more information and to sign up go to mesaaz.gov/volunteer/MYSOS.aspx or call Michelle Alvis at (480) 644-3705.

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