Children’s Day USA, a nonprofit that promotes youth and environmental activism, celebrates 25 Years – Press Telegram

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For Summer Hansen, it’s all about the children.

Hansen, founder at nonprofit Children’s Day USA, said she wanted a platform that encourages the community to uplift youth and promote environmental activism. That’s why, 25 years ago, she founded Children’s Day, a nonprofit focused on bettering the Long Beach community, starting with the children.

“Together,” she said, “we are creating a new custom where everyone does good things and creates more peace, love and happiness in our world,” she said.

This year, Hansen is celebrating the nonprofit’s 25th anniversary, and like every year, there’s going to be a week-long celebration of community and environmental activism.

“Every year, we try to link Earth Day and Children’s Day together and make it a celebration,” Hansen said. “We’re trying to inspire young people to look at how they would make Long Beach a better place, and then have them go out and do it.”

For one week, starting Saturday, April 20, the nonprofit will Long Beach area youth to do something good for their neighborhoods. That can be picking up trash, hosting a neighborhood barbecue or pulling some weeds at a community garden. Small acts make all the difference, Hansen said. There’s also going to be a party.

The public is also invited to celebrate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, at Scherer Park, on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard.

The celebration will include various performances, such as children’s choirs, dancing, singing, drumming and multi-cultural shows. A parade will kick off around 1 p.m., led by the Long Beach Area Boy Scouts, Hansen added.

Another event will take place the following weekend, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at El Dorado Park’s duck pond, at the corner of Stearns and Willow streets. Visitors can bring their picnic lunch, enjoy the outdoors and meet a new neighbor or two.

“This one is like a networking event,” Hansen said. “You can meet other people who want to do good things in their community too.”

And Children’s Day isn’t just a Long Beach event.

In 2008, then-state Sen. Alan Lowenthal, now in the U.S. House of Representatives, signed a declaration making the last Saturday of April Children’s Day and the last week of April as Children’s Week. It also passed the Assembly, Hansen said, and can be celebrated statewide.

“We want everyone to celebrate Children’s Day wherever you are, so that doesn’t have to be in Long Beach,” Hansen said. “No matter where you are, you’ll know what your project is because you’ll feel it in your heart.”

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