CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 353 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) on April 22, 2009.
H.Res. 353 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "recognizes and commends the significant contributions of youth of the United States and encourages the cultivation of a civic bond between young people dedicated to serving their neighbors, their communities, and the Nation;
• "supports the goals and ideals of Global Youth Services Days 2009; and
• "calls on the citizens of the United States to observe the day by encouraging youth to participate in community service and service-learning projects and by joining them in such projects; recognize the volunteer efforts of the young people of the United States throughout the year; and support the volunteer efforts of young people and engage them in meaningful community service, service-learning, and decision-making opportunities today as an investment in the future of the United States."
Global Youth Service Days is an annual public awareness and education campaign that highlights the contributions that youth make to their communities year-round. According to the bill, the goals of the Days are to: (1) mobilize the youth of the United States to identify and address the needs of their communities through community service and service-learning opportunities; (2) support young people in embarking on a lifelong path of volunteer service and civic engagement; and (3) educate the public, the media, and policymakers about contributions made by young people as community leaders throughout the year.