la pazThe Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family has announced that La Paz County has been declared the winner of the friendly competition between all fifteen counties for the most youth-led service projects logged on the Governor’s Youth Commission website at  The competition began on October 23, 2015 and ended on January 23, 2016.  During that time, youth organizations from across the state logged an impressive 44,723 service hours.

As the second-least populous county in Arizona, La Paz County led the state with 56 youth-led service projects, 752 youth volunteers and 5,647 service hours.  For the past few months, the youth were very busy planning and implementing projects throughout the county.

One youth group served food at the community senior center annual luau party.  Another youth group collected over 1800 pounds of food to be distributed to families in need.

“La Paz County has set the standard for mobilizing youth to take the lead in their communities through community service,” shared GOYFF Director, Debbie Moak.  “This award is a testament of how Arizona youth are joining together and inspiring other youth across the state to help build a better future for Arizona.”

The Governor’s Youth Commission seeks to form a collective voice, mobilizing youth across the state to bring about positive change.  Along with the service competition that concluded in January, all Arizona youth are encouraged to participate in the Global Youth Service Day on April 15-17, 2016.  Arizona was ranked number one in the world in 2015 for the most projects completed.