Global Youth Service Day 2013 was a Great Success at Euclid Beach Park!

The girls from John Carroll University sure can paint! Way to show those vandals that nothing can stop a group of determined volunteers!!

They say it takes a village to raise a child. On Global Youth Service Day 2013, Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach volunteers learned that it also takes a village to clean and care for our beach, our park and our Great Lake!

Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.  You can learn more about GYSD at

All tolled, volunteers picked up 104 pounds of trash and 34 pounds of recyclables, painted 15 park benches after they had been vandalized and even prepared flower beds for landscaping and planting! Check out the park for yourself and see the difference!

Thank you to all our community volunteers including employees from Accenture and an especially big thank you to all the youth that came out for GYSD including the students from John Carroll University, VASJ Highschool and the Girl Scout troop from St. John of the Cross! Way to show the power of youth working together to improve their community on Global Youth Service Day 2013!!

Thank you also to Cleveland Lakefront State Park for clearing the beach of large debris prior to the beach cleanup and repairing the vandalized benches for volunteers to paint!

Finally, a big thanks to all of our support from local businesses like Chloe's Kitchen Diner for donating delicious (and much needed!) coffee, Chili Peppers Restaurant for providing 1/2 off meal coupons to ALL volunteers and StarPop Vintage+ Modern for donating art to a lucky volunteer from their Earth Day Art Gallery!

To top it ALL off, trash collected from Euclid Beach has been sorted for an art opening called 'BEACHED'-an exhibition at Waterloo Studios (5316 Waterloo Road) that opened on Friday May 3rd by local artist Ivana Medukic. The purpose of the exhibition is to raise awareness about plastic pollution and our impact on the environmental health of the Great Lakes. Gallery strollers will have the chance to mount trash to an outline of Lake Erie and over time 'fill' the Lake with plastic collected from the beach cleanups! Check it out and add a piece of trash on for yourself at the next first Friday art opening at Waterloo Studios on Friday June 7th!

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Come out to our next beach cleanup on Saturday May 18th from 930am-11am at Euclid Beach Park-followed by marching in the Alive on 185 Street Parade!

And if you can't make it, we'll plan to see you on Saturday June 8th at Euclid Beach Park from 10am-12pm for our next beach cleanup!

Stephen Love

Stephen Love is a Lake Erie fanatic from Cleveland, OH. In his day job he works for the Cuyahoga Land Bank and in every other waking moment is the founder and coordinator of Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team and Euclid Beach Blast! He started Euclid Beach Blast out of a desire to explore the connections between environmental stewardship, art, public spaces, music, and community.

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