Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. GYSD is celebrated each year in over 100 countries.
Each year, millions of children and youth around the world work together with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, volunteer and national service programs, government agencies, faith communities, and other individuals to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities on Global Youth Service Day.
Find an issue you are passionate about and use YSA’s Youth Changing the World resource to create a Global Youth Service Day project with your family, a group of friends, or an organization you are involved in.
Call on your school, group, organization, or faith community to add or strengthen youth service or service-learning programs.
Find a group to join and serve with in the future – a class, club or activity at your school; a youth development group like 4-H, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Camp Fire, FCCLA, FFA, Girl Scouts or Girl Guides, Girls Inc, YMCA, YWCA; or a faith-based community. (These organizations may host membership drives on GYSD.)
Any organization in any sector (nonprofit/NGO, government, faith-based, business, or association) of any scale (local, statewide, regional, national, or global) can use GYSD as an activation point to engage youth in service or as an opportunity to celebrate youth who serve.
YSA encourages you to use GYSD as a tool to strengthen your programs, form new partnerships, expand your volunteer base, garner media attention, gain support from local public officials, and secure additional funding.
Join YSA’s Community Partner Program, a platform where partners can share their best practices, resources, tools, and wisdom when working with youth
Directly thank the young people who have served their communities throughout the year by hosting a celebration event. Present awards (or certificates or prizes, etc.) to youth volunteers.
Host a community forum, school board meeting, or town council meeting with influential community members so young service leaders can present what they know about identifying community needs and creating a service project. Thank them for their service to your community.
Global Youth Service Day is a unique opportunity for educators to engage students in volunteering, community service, or service-learning.
Encourage students to plan GYSD projects to help themselves and their peers meet volunteer hour, community service, or service-learning requirements.
Use GYSD as an opportunity to demonstrate, recognize, or celebrate your service-learning projects. For example, organize a “service fair” where students share what they’ve learned and accomplished through their service projects. A project display board template is available in our Classrooms with a Cause curriculum.
Organize an event where local nonprofits can exhibit and students can find volunteer opportunities throughout the year – especially for the upcoming summer months for when they’re out of school!
Families who help others together benefit from important quality time. Volunteering provides an opportunity to connect with your child and learn new things together. And for kids, they can take the lead in planning and executing family projects.
Nominate your Child as a YSA Everyday Young Hero: Each week, YSA selects one young person, ages five-25, to be recognized for his or her efforts to improve communities through service. Each selected Everyday Young Hero receives a congratulatory letter, a certificate of recognition, and is highlighted in YSA’s newsletter and on social media, raising the profile of his or her good work. Every month, one Hero will receive a $250 grant to continue and expand his or her project.
Many people love to be thanked publicly. Write an article for the school or community newspaper about how a young person you know has worked to make your community a better place.
Give shout-outs on your social media platforms to youth who are changing the world. Remember to tag them and #GYSD!
At a Glance
Date and Location
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 4:00am to Monday, April 24, 2017 - 3:45am
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