The nation’s mayors and county executives are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact - making our cities and counties better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country will participate in the third-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 7, 2015. YWCA YouthBuild Springfield stepped up to play a major role in an important project in their community.
The project was a result of a request from Dream Studios, Inc. DREAM Studios Inc (Dramatically Reaching Everyone's Artistic Mentality) is a non-profit agency that was created to introduce community youth to the performing arts and to strengthen them academically. DREAM Studios offers after school programs and summer camps that focus on Drama, Vocal Training, Dance, Academic & Career Counseling and support groups for women, teens and youth.
Dream Studios hosts an annual Fashion Show that serves as a fundraiser for the organization. The director, Benjamin Smith, reached out to the YWCA YouthBuild Springfield program and asked for help in constructing a stage and runway for the fashion show. The YouthBuild members designed the runway, created a materials list, and constructed the entire project in sections so that it may be easily taken apart and used year after year.
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