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YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES

 YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES
 HARRISBURG, Pa., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor and Industry


Secretary Tom Foley observed Youth Service Day by challenging young people to make community service a lifetime habit.
 Foley visited with more than 100 young people taking part in a service project at the historic Fort Hunter park along the Susquehanna River in Dauphin County. The Fort Hunter project was one of more than 150 statewide celebrations planned for Youth Service Day.
 "Community service is much more than just fixing a foot bridge in a state park, helping to restore abandoned inner city homes, or lending a neighbor a helping hand," Foley said. "It's a unique chance we all have to make a difference in the world in which we live while acquiring new skills and the satisfaction that comes with a job well done."
 Foley served two years as a volunteer with the Peace People in Northern Ireland. "I did everything from writing legal briefs to replacing windows to repairing roofs and even putting a new transmission into the prison minibus," Foley said.
 "Very few of these had any direct connection to the law or what I do now, but every one of them was rewarding to me then and now."
 Since Gov. Robert P. Casey launched PennSERVE -- the Governor's Office of Citizen Service -- in 1988, Pennsylvania has emerged as a national leader in efforts to encourage citizen action on community needs.
 PennSERVE, operated by the Department of Labor and Industry, offers several programs that allow Pennsylvanians to serve their communities. They include:
 -- The Summer Youth Service Corps. Established in 1989, the pioneering Summer Youth Service Corps uses federal summer jobs funds to support work on conservation and construction projects while helping young people learn teamwork and skills they'll use later in life.
 -- Pennsylvania Conservation Corps and local Youth Service Corps. Nearly 500 young people serve year-round in the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps and in nine local corps.
 -- Literacy Corps. More than 1,000 college students have served as tutors in the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps.
 As part of National Youth Service Day, Pennsylvania Conservation Corps members will join more than 250,000 young people nationwide by performing community service and environmental projects.
 In addition, about 250 members of the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps are in the Harrisburg area through Wednesday attending the corps' first annual statewide youth conference.
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 /CONTACT: James M. Hillegass of the Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/ CO: Department of Labor & Industry; Pennsylvania Governor's Office ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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