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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 01/04/2018
Subject :

Palo Alto and Youth Community Service to Host a Day of Service in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Contact : Lisa Caracciolo, Communications Manager    (650) 329-2473

Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service (YCS) will hold a celebration event to pay tribute to the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 8th annual MLK Day of Service will take place on the federal holiday in observance of King, Monday, Jan. 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mitchell Park Community Center.

Attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate diversity and learn more about Dr. King’s non-violent civil rights activism that took place in the 60s before his assassination in 1968. The MLK Day of Service includes guest speakers, activities for youth and teens, performances and music, and an exhibition displaying different periods of the civil rights movement.

“The City is happy to partner once again with YCS on this important event,” said Kristen O’Kane, interim Director of Community Services for Palo Alto. “This is a great way for the community to come together and learn about the legacy of Dr. King while recognizing the importance of service to the community.”

Among the local organizations hosting booths during this event: Project Safety Net, Second Harvest Food Bank, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Oshman Family JCC, and Neighbors Abroad of Palo Alto. There will be performances by Dance Connection, School of Rock, the Astronauts SEL program, and the Isaiah Phillip’s Band.

Other activities include writing letters to government officials, face painting, arts and crafts, MLK poster spray painting, and interactive service activities to benefit victims of natural disasters and local fires. A video displaying the historic importance of this day will be played throughout the event.

“It is exciting for me to see young people from all backgrounds discovering the words and example of Dr. King and his example of service,” said Leif Erickson, Executive Director of Youth Community Service. “As we say at YCS, any young person with a heart full of service has a future of meaning and purpose."

“Our goal is to provide a fun, engaging, and informative opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about service opportunities in their community,” said Stephanie Douglas, Superintendent of Recreation for the City of Palo Alto.

For more information regarding the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration, please visit:

About Youth Community Service
Youth Community Service (YCS) is a non-profit organization that builds life skills and leadership through meaningful service learning experiences that encourage youth to make purposeful school and life choices. YCS believes that every young person with a heart full of service has a future of meaning and purpose.