GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.
GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together–and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and adult mentors.
What are the goals of Global Youth Service Day?
Scale: Engage millions of young people, ages 5-25, especially those not usually asked to serve, in an early step on a life-long path of service and civic engagement.
Visibility: Recognize, celebrate and raise public awareness of the year-round contributions of young people, youth service programs, and partner organizations, especially among the media and public officials.
Impact: Have a positive impact on young people and on communities through meaningful, youth-led projects that meet community needs in the areas of health, education, human service, human rights, and the environment. Projects reflect YSA’s four key strategies that create change: awareness, service, advocacy, and philanthropy.
How can students participate?
Get started by picking your GYSD project! Whether you’re joining an existing project, or starting your very own project, YSA has the ideas, tips, and project planning resources to help you on your way.
How can schools and organizations participate?
Whether organizing a service project or a celebration event, there are so many ways to be involved in Global Youth Service Day. Schools and organizations may work with young people to start their own project, or sponsor or join an existing project. Projects can be as simple as a “Thank You” picnic celebrating your organization’s young people, or large-scale and service-focused, such as a city-wide clean-up or a town “fun run” to raise money for a charity. Browse the website for Ideas and Tools to help with project planning.
YSA offers grants to youth, schools, and organizations to fund GYSD and other service and service-learning projects. Grants are already distributed for GYSD 2016, but sign up for email updates to receive news of upcoming grant opportunities.
Find out more at the Global Youth Service Day website.
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