Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Global Youth Service Day is Coming Soon!

Last year, millions of young people participated in nearly 4,000 registered projects as part of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). This year, GYSD is on April 15-17th, less than a month away! However, there is still plenty of time to get involved.

Began in 1988, Global Youth Service Day “celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning.” Young people around the world work with nonprofits, schools, volunteer and national service programs and other organizations to tackle problems in their communities via GYSD projects.

These projects are registered all over the world, and can be found on this map. Projects span a wide variety of different activities. A few examples of projects are

In Statesville, North Carolina, students are working together to plan a community garden that will serve as a learning lab for afterschool and summer programs, as well as provide fresh produce.

In Egypt, youth have organized a celebration designed to raise awareness of the benefits of donating blood regularly. The event will have stations where people can give blood as well as a number of young people advertising in the streets to encourage blood donation.

In New York, the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is holding a Teen Art, Music, and Poetry Festival. This festival allows teens to enjoy art, and also serves as a fundraiser for Ethical Friends of Children, which helps families provide for their young children.

Youth in Janakpur, Nepal, are working to make Janakpur a “safe, social city” by holding a variety of events, including marches, street clean-ups, and workshops for activists and lawmakers.

If there is nothing in your area that interests you, don’t worry! It’s not too late to design and register your own project. The Global Youth Service Day website has all the tools you need to plan, register and promote your event.

Are you planning or participating in a Global Youth Service Day event? Tell us about it in the comments!

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