Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office and Volunteer Initiatives Program Engage Youth in "Global Youth Service Day"
Mayor’s Youth Council and Gulfton Youth will expand community garden at
Burnett Bayland Park



April 26, 2013 -- The City of Houston Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office and Volunteer Initiatives Program, divisions of the Department of Neighborhoods, will engage local youth in a community garden project in southwest Houston on Global Youth Service Day, April 27, 2013.  The event will take place at Burnett Bayland Park, 6000 Chimney Rock, from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   


Mayor’s Youth Council and Gulfton United Minds Youth Advisory Council volunteers will expand and enhance the community garden in the Gulfton neighborhood park.  The day’s activities will include weeding, tilling, building garden borders and beds, mulching, planting and decorating.  The project is supported by a grant from Youth Service America awarded to the Mayor’s Volunteer Initiatives Program. 

“We’re really excited to participate in Global Youth Service Day” said Patricia Harrington, Anti-Gang Office division manager.  “Houston is a very large and diverse city, and this event is a great opportunity for young people from different communities to meet and work together on a service project in a neighborhood they might not be familiar with.”

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that mobilizes young people in over 100 countries to conduct projects that promote community service and learning.  The initiative is sponsored by Youth Service America, a national non-profit resource center that partners with organizations that offer volunteer opportunities for youth.  For more information, visit

For more details about the garden project, contact Patricia Harrington at 832.393.0897 or 713.503.2648 or email

Learn about the programs and services of the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office and Volunteer Initiatives Program by visiting the Department of Neighborhoods website at