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  • 1. 6th ANNUAL GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY • Final Report 2005 • Sponsored by:A Program of Youth Service America, with the Global Youth Action NetworkPrepared by: Luis A. Davila Ortega, Benjamin Quinto, Silvia Golombek, PhD GYSD International Coordination Teamv.3d. August 04, 2005
  • 2. Table of Contents COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING Section Pg. IN GYSD 2005 Albania Algeria I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3 Angola Argentina II. INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION 5 Armenia Austria III. NATIONAL COORDINATION 6 Azerbaijan Bangladesh IV. LONG TERM IMPACT OF GYSD 7 Belarus Benin V. GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR GYSD CELEBRATIONS 9 Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia & Herz. Brazil VI. MEDIA COVERAGE 10 Bulgaria Burundi VII. COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS 11 Cameroon Canada a. Political Leaders & Government Agencies in Support 56 Cent. Afri. Rep. Chad VIII. GYSD COUNTRY CELEBRATION SPONSORS 57 China Colombia Congo, DR Costa Rica Côte dIvoire Croatia Czech Rep. Dominican Rep Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Eritrea Ethiopia France Gabon Gambia, The Georgia Germany Ghana Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guyana Haiti Hong Kong India Indonesia Iran Israel Italy Japan Kazakhstan Kenya Kyrgyzstan Lebanon Liberia Macedonia Malawi Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Moldova, Rep. Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nepal Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Pakistan Palestin.Territ. Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Portugal Romania Russian Fed. Rwanda Saint Lucia Senegal Seychelles St. Kitts & Nevis Sierra Leone Slovenia Somalia South Africa South Korea Sri Lanka Swaziland Sweden Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo Tonga Tunisia Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe2
  • 3. I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 6th Annual Global Youth Service Day Mobilizes Millions of Young Volunteers! In its sixth year, millions of young volunteers helped to GYSD grew out of the successful experience of National Youth mark the Global Youth Service Day celebrations, held Service Day, held annually for the past 17 years in the United in over 100 countries around the world. States, which mobilizes about 3 million young people in service projects each April. National Youth Service Day and its global Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is an annual event format are the inspiration of Youth Service America (YSA), a held on a designated weekend every April which resource center that partners with thousands of organizations celebrates the year-round contributions young people working to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities for make to their communities and world through young people to serve locally, nationally, and globally. voluntary service. GYSD is organized and managed by YSA and the Global GYSD helps to focus the world’s attention on the Youth Action Network (GYAN), together with a consortium of valuable skills and ideas youth have for the welfare of international organizations and over 100 national coordinating their communities and the development of their committees. societies. GYSD was launched in 2000, and has been celebrated to date in over 150 countries. This year More than 1,000,000 young volunteers were mobilized across GYSD received almost 95 million media hits. 100 countries this year, on top of the millions that participate in the traditional National Youth Service Day in the United States. Notable partnerships this year included Service For Peace, The goals of Global Youth Service Day are to: whose chapters and affiliates mobilized in a dozen countries. • BUILD the capacity of an international network of General Motors continued its partnership with Grupo Tayrona organizations that promotes youth participation, in Colombia, by supporting youth volunteerism programs. The service, and learning; Inter-American Development Bank supported “PaSo Joven” in • EDUCATE the public, the media, and policy-makers Argentina, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic, in developing about the year-round contributions of young people regionally-targeted materials for young people in the Americas. as community leaders around the world; And the US State Department’s Global Connection Program, • MOBILIZE youth and adults to meet the needs of which manages global student exchange programs, engaged their communities through volunteering; and their partners in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, • LEARN and share effective practices in youth Uzbekistan, and other countries in the Middle East and South service, youth voice, and civic engagement in the Asia. world today Highlights of activities from Global Youth Service Day 2005: [see Country Highlights for a complete list] • In Russia, the Russian Development • With the support of President Lula, UNDP, UNV Volunteer Center, Constructive Approach and Natal Voluntarios involved over 30,000 and Sozidanie Foundation together volunteers in 145 cities across Brazil in advocating mobilized over 587,000 volunteers in 4,800 for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). projects in 42 regions. • In Taiwan, the National Youth Commission, Service • Under the patronage of President Jacques For Peace, PlanetKIDS Club, Taipei Da-Li Chirac, youth organizations across France Elementary School and Tzu Chi Buddhist organized events in four main regions Association engaged 17,000 volunteers in over throughout the country. 1,000 service projects. SPONSORS: We are very grateful for the generous support provided by GM, DisneyHand and the Inter-American Development Bank who contribute through funding or expertise to this initiative. We also wish to acknowledge the support of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs which manages student exchange programs around the world and encourage the participation of youth in Global Youth Service Day.3
  • 5. 2005 INTERNATIONAL II. International Coordination COORDINATION COMMITTEE • American Councils for International Education ACTR/ACCELS The Coordination Team: • Centro Boliviano de Filantropia • Luis A. Davila Ortega: NLA Coordination • Silvia Golombek, PhD: Project Oversight • Center for Cultural Interchange • Ibrahima Diouf: NLA Support • Benjamin Quinto: Management • Council on International Education • Sarah Kielsmeier-Jones: Communications • Adam Jacobson: Intern Exchange • Alia Mahmoud: Intern • Logan Wallace: Intern • Global Youth Action Network • International Education and Resource The International Coordinating Service For Peace utilized its extensive Network (IEARN-USA) Committee (ICC): international network to promote 70 • IFES The ICC is a consortium of organizations projects in 20 countries with over 5,000 • Innovations in Civic Participation working to promote, organize and support participants, thus receiving extensive • Inter-American Development Bank GYSD. ICC members have extensive media attention. As the National Lead • International Youth Foundation international presence and offer their Agency in Japan, Mongolia and South • Nacel Open Door experience and connections to broaden Korea, Service For Peace awarded 35 • National Youth Leadership Council the impact of the celebrations. mini-grants, for a total of $13,950, to • People to People International support service projects around the • Project Harmony Azerbaijan The ICC supports GYSD through world. The Inter-American • Service For Peace dissemination and promotion of materials Development Bank’s financial support • in various contexts; offering their expertise to PasoJoven in Argentina, Bolivia, and • Unite For Sight in a variety of fields related to international Dominican Republic was also key in • Youth for Understanding youth service; and by guiding and developing and disseminating regional • Youth Employment Summit evaluating the development of the organizing materials in Spanish. • Youth Service America international event. Numerous ICC members planned Previous ICC Members include: Twenty ICC members promoted Global projects that extend GYSD into year- • 4-H International Youth Service Day throughout their round initiatives. People to People • Casa Alianza/Covenant House Latin networks in 2005. Every ICC member International is working on integrating America highlighted GYSD 2005 on their existing GYSD into all of their student chapters, • Earth Restoration Corps website or through other electronic and connecting their largest travel • Free the Children communications, and distributed GYSD program—the Student Ambassador • Generation Rising materials to their partners. Nearly all ICC program (30,000 people)—with a yearly • Global Environment Facility members related GYSD resources in their Global Youth Service Day project • Habitat for Humanity International printed or electronic newsletters and starting in 2006. Service For Peace will • Hague Appeal for Peace Youth provided information about GYSD via begin GYSD efforts in the Dominican Programme booths, workshops, presentations or Republic this August, culminating in a • Hope Worldwide communication materials. nation-wide program in April 2006. • International Association for Volunteer They also will be sponsoring “The Effort For example, the National Youth Volunteer Culture Festival” in Tokyo Dec • International Labour Organization Leadership Council posted the GYSD 1-5, as a follow up from GYSD’05. • Lions Club International logo and DisneyHand Minnie grants in • Jane Goodall Institute - Roots & Shoots their e-newsletter on on their homepage. ICC members also offer other expertise, • OAS Young Americas Business Trust They also highlighted GYSD at the resources and contributions to support • Organizacion IberoAmericana de la National Service-Learning Conference’s GYSD. Some ICC members, like the Juventud International Networking Event and round National Youth Leadership Council, offer • Partners of the Americas table sessions. toolkits and training materials on • Peace Child International service-learning and HIV/AIDS-- • Peace Corps Many ICC members also integrated GYSD resources applicable to GYSD. Other • Points of Light Foundation activities throughout their organizations. members offer their services in web site • United Nations Programme on Youth The Council on International development, like TakingITGlobal, who • Worldview International Foundation Educational Exchange (CIEE) required currently host and maintain the • UNESCO Youth Focal Point - Arab that all students receiving grants organize web site. Meanwhile, States a GYSD project, while Nacel Open Door Innovations in Civic Participation • UNICEF adopted “World Read,” an organization- (ICP) offers its expertise in national and • UNDP wide, ongoing literacy project, to be community service policy development. • UNEP expanded upon each subsequent • UN Information Service celebration. Similar initiatives were The ICC is a strong advocate for the • United Nations Population Fund launched by organizations like IFES and development of Global Youth Service • United Nations Volunteers Youth Employment Summit, which Day and we are currently working to • United Nations Youth Unit integrate GYSD into their affiliates’ annual expand its membership in order to help • United Way International programs us take the GYSD celebrations to a new • World Assembly of Youth level. • World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts • World Bank • World YWCA • YMCA International5
  • 6. III. National Coordination In each country, GYSD is coordinated by National Lead Agencies (NLAs). As a general rule, a single agency or organization is designated as NLA. In this capacity, the organization provides a focal point for the distribution of GYSD-related information and news to other organizations and young people throughout each country. NLAs are responsible for recruiting other youth organizations onto a National Coordinating Committee (NCC) that helps coordinate activities in one or more locations on GYSD. The NCC shares the workload and responsibility of the National Lead Agency, and help to achieve broader community impact. Qualifying criteria for National Lead Agencies include scope and national outreach capacity, strong relationships with other youth-serving organizations in their country, ability to engage multi-sector partnerships, and a commitment to carry out the effective coordination of GYSD. NLAs are sent supporting materials, including GYSD Planning Toolkits, brochures and posters with service-learning activities. They are also added to the GYSDNews list-server to be kept up-to-date on GYSD-related progress, activities and updates. National Lead Agencies may include a wide range of youth-led or youth-serving organizations, and may represent university student associations, community- based and volunteer organizations, faith-based groups, local government agencies, national youth councils, national chapters of international agencies or national government offices.6
  • 7. IV. Long term ImpactGlobal Youth Service Day strives to be much more than a three day event: it seeks to be an opportunity to launch longterm initiatives, sustainable collaborations, and programs that address community problems through the year-roundengagement of youth in service and decision-making. Most of the organizations involved in GYSD 2005 are seeing longterm impact in the continuation and expansion of their GYSD projects. Here are a few examples: • Project Harmony’s volunteers in Azerbaijan, agencies, which could make their activities in for example, are continuing charity auctions for the future more fruitful. Adele Reproductive a local orphanage on a regular basis after Health Centre in Cameroon, for example, GYSD, and organizations in Israel, India, developed connections not only with GYSD Moldova, Slovakia, South Korea, and many organizers in France, but also with local others are now planning to continue their hospitals, training institutes, and nursery and activities year-round. primary schools. In addition, many of the GYSD projects helped different groups in the • The organizations taking part in GYSD projects country establish partnerships and have also helped establish continuing relationships which will lead to better programs independent of themselves. In understanding and cooperation between Nigeria, some secondary schools will be those groups. In Kazakhstan, Special incorporating conflict resolution seminars into Child’s activities created a connection their curriculums, thanks to the work of Ikwerii between local students and disabled Youth Development International. In other children. In Tanzania, YEN Tanzania helped countries, the organizations’ GYSD projects local NGOs connect, and in Armenia, have inspired others to follow their example. Habitat for Humanity Armenia helped Tara Educare Academy’s project in India deepen the relationship between local youth (setting up a free school for children) is now groups and the children of Habitat for being replicated around the area, with the Humanity families. opening of other free schools. In South Africa as well, several churches have shown interest • The outcomes of some initiatives will be in starting Scout groups after seeing the South evident in the longer term. For instance, a African Scout Association Mpumalanga’s home building project organized by GYSD projects. In Tajikistan, Student Action Jeunesse en Reconstruction du Monde Committee chapters are opening in many en Destruction (Youth in Reconstruction of schools as a result of the participation of Relief the World in Destruction), led to a smoother International Schools – Online in GYSD. reconciliation process in Burundi. And then there are the projects that inspired those • Some GYSD projects have yielded results that involved to reach for more in the future, such will empower the youth of the country and as Service For Peace’s activities in Cote encourage youth voice, such as the d’Ivoire, where volunteers committed Multimedia Youth Association in Macedonia, increase their participation through national whose activities have made the local officials level projects for next year’s GYSD. Also, in take initiatives and suggestions by youth more Uganda, the Campus Youth Alliance called seriously. This is the case in Ghana also, for the establishment of a network of where Friends of the Disadvantaged, Elderly volunteer organizations, and in the Czech and Children (FRIDEC) is overseeing a Republic volunteers committed to joining program of dialogue between the youth of the programs that would allow them to volunteer SSNIT flats (a residential area) and the more often. Ministry of Health. • Many organizations involved in GYSD came away from the experience with new connections to other organizations and7
  • 8. GYSD 2005 has laid the groundwork for the continuation of projects, the launching of new ventures, and the introductionof more positive perspectives and attitudes regarding youth participation through service. The program is also showingevidence of its potential to convene different actors and sectors through innovative collaborations.A number of projects addressed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which reflects youth’s potential inaddressing many of the world’s most pressing challenges.At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, 189 Heads of State and Governments pledged to work together tomake a better world for all by 2015. On behalf of their people, they signed the Millennium Declaration which promises tofree men, women and children from the dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty and make the right to development areality for everyone. Eight Millennium Development Goals were adopted, committing rich and poor countries to worktogether in a global partnership to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015. Each Goal has been designed so that it is easy tounderstand, easy to implement and easy to measure. The MDGs are to: 1. Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger 2. Achieve Universal Primary Education 3. Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women 4. Reduce Child Mortality 5. Improve Maternal Health 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases 7. Ensure Environmental Sustainability 8. Develop a Global Partnership for Development8
  • 9. V. Government Support Government Involvement Supports Youth Actions for GYSD 2005If Global Youth Service Day is to serve as a strategy to the downtown districts of Sukhbaatar and Chingeltei,engage youth as active agents of community change, it and the Sukhbaatar District Governor issued an officialis critical that government agencies and public officials letter inviting all organizations in the district to supportin each country recognize young peoples contributions. GYSD.We are excited to report that the attention received byGYSD efforts from local and national governments Public officials spoke to participants at many GYSDaround the world is growing; below are some examples events. At Volta Star Family Fun Club events inof public officials’ involvement: Ghana, the District Director of Education in Kpando inspired the students to become teachers, and Mr. PausAt the highest government level, President Luiz Inacio Adawuty, District Chief Executive, spoke aboutLula da Silva in Brazil continues to be a supporter of making good education and career choices. In Israel,Natal Voluntarios’ GYSD activities, kick-starting the Bet Shemesh Mayor Daniel Vaknin spoke to theevents with his now traditional Call to Service. The Service For Peace participants, stressing theevents in Georgia, France, Malawi and in Bosnia and importance of volunteering and expressing his faith inHerzegovina also received attention from their the younger generation. For South African Scoutrespective presidents, while Service For Peace’s project Association Mpumalanga’s GYSD projects,in South Korea drew the attention of First Lady Kwon representatives of both the Department of Health andYang-sook. the Department of Education addressed and congratulated the volunteers at all venues of activity. InMany projects benefited greatly from the integral Bolivia, a new national volunteer law was created withsupport and involvement of local officials as well. This the support of the CEBOFIL.was certainly the case in Burundi, where Youth Actionfor Development’s efforts were aided by the Mayor of When unable to attend GYSD events, some publicBujumbura, who donated cleaning supplies, and the officials found other ways to show support, such asEnvironment Minister, who not only helped in training issuing public statements or providing funding. Forproject organizers and providing refreshments for People to People International Lagos’ GYSD projectparticipants, but also acted as chairman of the events, in Nigeria, the Chairman and the Mushin Localworking with the National Committee. Also in Government issued a proclamation in support of GYSDKazakhstan, for Contact Club’s GYSD project, Akim and the President of the Nigeria Labour CongressMarat Uderbayev (equivalent of a Mayor) gave a sent a letter of support. In Kenya, the City Councilspeech at the awards ceremony, and cheered on contributed $1,000 to the Youth Centre’s project, and inparticipants throughout the entire event. Irina the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Municipality ofLeonidovna Kim, First Assistant to the Akim, helped Hebron donated all the paint which Schools Onlineorganize the activities with Contact Club’s Executive used for cleaning and painting in the towns of HebronBoard and Advisors, and Roza Zhunisova, Chief of and Albireh.Small Business Affairs Department, who helped withmedia coverage and acted as liaison between the local The trend toward increasing attention of policymakersgovernment, the park owners, and Contact Club. The towards GYSD is encouraging. It indicates a growingMayor of Bobeica (Moldova) was present at a two-day awareness about the current and potential impact ofcleanup of the village; the local government sponsored youth service and sets the stage for strongerthe project by providing both drivers and gas for the collaborations between governments and youth-orientedtractors used, and the Regional Ministry of Ecology NGOs. Such partnerships can lead to more sustainabledonated 700 trees to be solutions to communityplanted. In Mongolia, problems and the engagementService For Peace co- of young people as resourcesorganized its project with for change.the Municipal Offices of9
  • 10. VI. Media CoverageMedia coverage of Global Youth Service Day and all youth involvement is key to creating public awareness about thepositive role of youth in their communities. More than 80 organizations worldwide received international, national, orlocal media coverage for their GYSD projects this year. Some highlights of media coverage for the 2005 Global YouthService Day celebrations include:• In Slovenia, the Slovene Philanthropy, Association for Promotion of Voluntary Work received coverage on Slovene public radio as well as 10 local commercial radio stations (including 2 radio talk shows) and on Slovene radio in Italy (for the Slovene minority). Slovene public television as well as 2 private TV stations covered the events (including features on 4 TV talk shows), along with 2 national newspapers, 3 regional newspapers (including a weekly paper), and a Catholic weekly newspaper.• The American Councils for International Education in Uzbekistan’s work for GYSD received attention from a variety of media outlets as well. A nationwide youth television network covered the events, as well as articles in a popular magazine for expatriates with readers in all Central Asian republics. Interviews with project leaders were featured in seven regional newspapers, extended coverage and interviews were presented on 2 state television stations, and postings on several websites detailed GYSD, including the website of the US Embassy in Tashkent, and the American Councils for International Education. Altogether, GYSD events appeared on 7 television programs, 2 magazines, at least 4 websites, and 14 newspaper articles across Uzbekistan.• In the Russian Federation, Russian Development Volunteer Center and “Constructive Approach” Foundation’s widespread GYSD activities were featured extensively in the country’s media. More than 100 newspapers (including 30 publications in the Samara area and 58 publications in Tatarstan) covered the events, as did more than 40 television channels, and 11 websites. There were also 15 radio reports detailing the activities.• In Brazil, Natal Voluntarios’ immense celebration of GYSD was covered by very important and diverse media outlets across the country, including TV stations (Globo, SBT and MTV), hundreds of radio stations, and both national and local newspapers.• Project Harmony - Armenia publicized its activities by preparing and submitting a press release detailing GYSD, which was featured in several of the country’s leading domestic news outlets. Several of the news outlets covering GYSD reach expatriated Armenians in nearly 80 countries around the world. More than 5 national magazines (including an online magazine on the subject of volunteering) and several daily national newspapers covered GYSD in Romania. The events were also detailed on national and local radio and television stations.• And in the Palestinian Territory, 3 local radio stations, Palestinian television station, Hebron TV, and 3 newspapers covered Schools Online’s GYSD project.With the media coverage of young people’s service and civic engagement activities, more people around the world cansee youth for what they really are: an asset rather than a liability to society, people willing to step forward and helpimprove their communities. GYSD and NYSD had a combined number of almost 610 million media hits.10
  • 11. VII. Country Highlights Please note: Country names reflect those provided by National Lead Agencies.Albania Total Volunteers: 80 LEAD AGENCY: Albanian Ecological Club – Int’l Friends of NatureWith the support of a DisneyHand Minnie Grant, eighty students of Adem Sheme primary Alona Elitariand junior high school in Saranda, Albania, will participate in a service-learning project tofocus on the arts and education, organized by student government. The children will Rr. Todi Shkurti P.13 Tiranaresearch their local heritage and produce artwork (in any format, jewelry, pottery, etc.) that Tel: +355-69-234-1003copies a particular piece found during their research. The childrens work will be exhibited Fax: +355-4-373-148along with photographs and information about the original inspiration and will compete. The eight reproductions will be given prizes. http://www.albanianyouth.orgAlgeria Total Volunteers: 600 LEAD AGENCY: Algerian Volunteers for Peace and Cultural Exchanges, Inc.The Association des Volontaires Algeriens pour la Paix et L’echange Culturel mobilized 600 Zouaoui Mostarivolunteers for GYSD 2005 in Algeria. They organized a project called « Stop Sida » or «Stop AIDS » which intended to go beyond the work done in the past to combat the epidemic B 89 Cite Madina Mounaoura Sidi Bel Abbes, 22000and support the development of new programs to address the deficiencies of ongoing Tel: +213-48-565756initiatives. The proactive approach would assess and identify the problems and with the help Fax: +213-48-557997of experts, other associations and logisitical and technical assistance, develop new kcalgerie@yahoo.frresources. A new branch of Association Volontaires Algeriens called Sidaction was createdto monitor these new projects. All of the volunteers benefited enormously from theexperience. The organization carried out these projects with no significant funding and didnot attract any media attention, however they hope to do a better job of this in 2006. Theseprojects plan to help hundreds of AIDS victims in the future whose needs are notbeing adequately addressed in the country and continue to solicit more volunteers tohelp ensure that the programs are successful.Angola Total Volunteers: 72 LEAD AGENCY: Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation – AngolaThe Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation worked to institute successful GYSD Rhonda Staudtactivities in a country recently plagued by the Marburg virus and still recovering from war.The Foundation played a game created by Netaid called, “The Real Life Game Angolan C/O German Embassy Luanda,Children Can’t Play” with 72 young children of an average age of 12. The children archived Tel: +244-2-32-76-31their feelings as they went through the process of what challenges children in Angola face Fax: +244-2-33-47-73when trying to attend school and attain their dreams of obtaining a job to take care of their sasef@hotmail.comfamilies. Although the measurable results cannot be calculated at present, the Shirley AnnSullivan Educational Foundation witnessed children understanding the challenges theirpeers face in extreme poverty situations. It is hoped that measurable results will be in education, something that can only be seen in the future with these students.The Luanda International School system wrapped up the activities with a project of “A DayIn the Life of a Child in Angola”. Due to the outbreak of the Marburg virus the event had tobe held inside the school compound with no outside contact with local Angolan schoolchildren. “Radio Nacional” and YES Angola also participated in the project.11
  • 12. Argentina Total Volunteers: 5,000 LEAD AGENCY: Argentinian Center for Int’l Cooperation and Development (CACID)CACID in partnership with the Ministry of Education and IDB’s Paso Joven program led the Gustavo SmithGYSD celebrations in Argentina. Hundreds of young volunteers working as school tutors,and volunteers in civil society organizations, came together in a national campaign to share Sucre 1607 PB B Buenos Aires City C1428DVAproposals and experiences regarding youth volunteerism. Young volunteers were also able Tel: +54 -11-4784-5438to create educational materials, which were distributed in hospitals, children homes, and Fax: +54 -11- 4784-5438foundations working with disadvantaged children. In communities across the country, of the Paso Joven program, also held volunteer activities such asbeautification campaigns, street clean-ups, visits to children and elderly homes, amongothers. CACID was able to publish a book evaluating GYSD’s impact in Argentina, in the five years. As part of the long term results, CACID continues to work withNational Directorate for Youth (DINAJU) and the Ministry of Education, in developinga youth service policy for Argentina.Armenia Total Volunteers: 4,800 LEAD AGENCY: Project HarmonyGYSD celebrations in Armenia were led by Project Harmony (Armenia) and the American Naira KarmirshalyanCouncils for International Education (Armenia), involving 4,800 volunteers and 300schools from 11 regions across the country. The celebrations were co-organized by the 45 Sevastopolyan Yerevan,Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs, Habitat for Humanity (with the support of a Tel: +374-1-260686DisneyHand Minnie Grant), Peace Corps volunteers, Red Cross International, and local Fax: +374-1-227458municipalities. Some of the activities included planting of 1000 trees, visits to disabled nairak@projectharmony.amchildren’s homes, concerts, community clean-ups, and workshops attended by state focusing on youth development. The celebrations were covered by media outletssuch as Lori TV, Vanatiour weekly, Arminfo, Armenpress and Arka, which distributes CO-National Lead Agency:news to Armenians living in almost 80 countries around the world. Some of the long American Councils forterm results included the creation of a partnership with other GYSD NLAs for International Education:future exchanges, as part of the World Tour de France, organized by AFEV, the ACTR/ACCELSlead GYSD organizer in France. Elizabeth Winship 18/2 Baghramyan St. #2 Yerevan, 375019 Tel: +374-1-561410 Fax: +374-1-561498 Total Volunteers: 200 LEAD AGENCY: United Nations Youth & Student Assn. of AustriaThe GYSD 2005 celebrations in Austria were led by the United Nations Youth and Student Irene StoecklAssociation of Austria, involving over 50 volunteers in a panel discussion that started thenation-wide “Stop Child Trafficking Campaign,” by panelists from a range of international Johannesgasse 2/2/32 Vienna, A-1010organizations and local authorities. The discussion educated many people, particularly in Tel: +43-1-512-8521Vienna, about the problem of child trafficking and corresponding international, regional, and Fax: +43-1-512-8521national mechanisms to prevent it. A number of media outlets helped to raise awareness by austria@afa.atcovering the panel discussion including various Austrian daily newspapers, local radiostations and national and local TV stations. MTV and R.E.M were present for the discussion,and the Association’s website received over 5,000 hits out of interest to GYSD 2005. The important long term result of the panel was the heightened awareness amongAustrians about the very serious problem of human trafficking around the world. TheYouth and Student Association established itself as a knowledgeable and authoritativeleadership force in the country and created relationships for future successful campaigns.12
  • 13. Azerbaijan Total Volunteers: 800 LEAD AGENCY: Project HarmonyAs the GYSD National Lead Agency in Azerbaijan, Project Harmony conducted youth Vusal Khanlarovvolunteer activities in four regions of the country, mobilizing almost 200 motivated students,ECA alumni, ACE teacher exchange program participants and members of the Azerbaijan 183 Suleyman Rahimov st Baku, 370014Connections and Exchange network. GYSD included a Fire Precaution training of trainers, Tel: +99-412-479181involving local fire department employees; a volunteerism poster festival; a charity auction; Fax: +99-412-479181clothes and toy drives in Baku, engaging students and local orphanages; and a Cooking vusal@projectharmony.azDay organized by students and teachers in Quba, Sumqayit and Lenkaran, delivering mealsto local senior shelters. Students in Quba also organized an art exhibition showcasing thebenefits of volunteerism. The activities were showcased in the Project Harmony website, was accessed by over 10,000 visitors. Alumni of the Future Leaders Exchangeprogram, administered by American Councils, mobilized 600 university and high schoolstudents, NGOs representatives, ex-pats, and local people through a charity ball andauction and theatrical performance to support children and teens from the Down SyndromeAssociation. Their goal was to promote public awareness of kids with Down Syndrome andintegrate kids with disabilities into Azeri society.Bangladesh Total Volunteers: 1,200 LEAD AGENCY: National Federation Of Youth Organisations In Bangladesh (NFYOB)Led by the National Federation of Youth Organizations in Bangladesh, the National Dulal BiswasCoordinating Committee organized activities including a youth fair, project exhibitions,cultural festivals, debates, workshops, leadership trainings, concerts, tree planting drives 2/7, Sir Syed Road, Mohammadpurand clean-up projects. Relief International-Schools Online (RI-SOL), an international NGO Dhaka, 1207involved in education and youth activities in Bangladesh partnered with Peace Corps Tel: +88-02-9111660Bangladesh to coordinate a series of activities promoting community service by young Fax: +88-02-8122010people. RISOL educators developed a syllabus for nfyob@bijoy.netits schools in Gazipur, Tongi, and Comilla, and forservice-learning activities organized by Peace volunteers throughout the country. Thelessons highlighted ways in which young peoplecan make a difference in their community byperforming volunteer services. Students and localyouth identified needs in their community, andexecuted projects tailored to meeting them. Localgovernment elected representatives were invitedto participate in the activities and discuss theyear-round contributions of young people ascommunity leaders. TotalBelarus Volunteers: 22 LEAD American Center for Education AGENCY: and ResearchMore than 20 Belarusian alumni of the Future Leaders Exchange program, Kevin Reilingadministered by American Councils, helped fight illiteracy and promotevolunteerism through the “Save the Libraries” Global Youth Service Day project F. Skorina ave., 169, office 512 (south wing)this April. With the help of local schools and university partners, as well as friends Minsk, Belarus 220114and families, they collected and donated 200 books to libraries in Minsk and the Tel: ++375-17-218-1264villages of Dzerzinsk, Zhodino, and Novosely.
  • 14. TotalBenin Volunteers: LEAD Enfants Solidaires dAfrique et AGENCY: du Monde (ESAM)Capacity building activites were planned for GYSD 2005 in Benin. Bouraima BelloFinal Report not available at the time of printing 08 BP 0049 Cotonou, Littoral 229 Tel: +229-30-52-37 Fax: +229-31-38-77 esam@firstnet.bjBhutan Total Volunteers: 500 LEAD AGENCY: National Women AssociationThe Phuentsholing Women Association/YES Bhutan Network was successful in Dechen Wangmomobilizing over 500 young people in Bhutan by holding three projects. These projectstook place in one of the districts in Phuentsholing and included a cleaning campaign, Phajoding Primary School Phuentsholing, Chukhaunemployment awareness and a job fair. There is a lack of community awareness on Tel: +975-5-252902sanitation and its needs especially at the grassroots levels. With the help of local Fax: +975-5-254070youth and women’s groups, a cleaning and awareness campaign was organized. dwangmo_drukyul2002@hotmail.comThese included various activities such as uses of waste management tools providedby the municipality, condoms distribution and HIV/AIDS programs and building thedrainage system. All these events were covered by media outlets such as thenational and local newspapers and local TV channels. The events were sponsoredby Phuentsholing Women Association, the local business community, and fundswere raised by young people. The long term results of the activities includedestablishing collaborations with new partners in other countries, leading tointernational exchanges and creation of training sessions in youth volunteermanagement.Bolivia Total Volunteers: 10,000 LEAD AGENCY: Centro Boliviano de Filantropia (CEBOFIL)Supported by IADB Youth, Paso Joven Bolivia and the Youth Volunteer in the Americas Fabiola Castedoprogram, CEBOFIL was able to mobilize over 10,000 young volunteers, 30 youthorganizations, municipal public officials, universities and schools across Bolivia. The Comercial El Chuubi Santa Cruzactivities were kick-started on April 7th, with service learning projects in 25 educational Tel: +591-3-330-0356centers. Activities also included workshops on issues related to service learning Fax: +591-3-333-4488strategies and volunteer management. Other activities included award ceremonies in info@cebofil.orgLa Paz and Santa Cruz, as well as 30 activities organized by youth-led organizations 3,000 children and adolescents, focusing on sexual and reproductive health,the environment and capacity building for volunteer organizations. The celebrationsended with simultaneous activities in Santa Cruz and La Paz, celebrating year-roundvolunteer activities through artistic and cultural displays. The activities were covered bymedia outlets such as newspapers (El Deber and El Nuevo Día); radio stations (RadioLatina, Radio Caliente and Radio Fama); and TV stations (Channel 5 - ATB, Channel 7,Gigavision and Antena Uno). The celebrations’ sponsors included Coca-Cola, PasoJoven, Grupo RIBEPAR, Editorial La Hoguera, Natura, Helados Pato Roca, RotaracEquipetrol and Zoológico Municipal. Some of the long term results from this year’scelebrations include the creation of a new National Volunteer Service law; theinclusion of youth in the upcoming Constituent Assembly, general youthengagement in civic and democracy initiatives; creation of a GYSD LatinAmerican guide in collaboration with IADB, Paso Joven and NLAs in Argentinaand the Dominican Republic; and the creation of a partnership with other GYSDNLAs for future exchanges, as part of the World Tour de France, organized byAFEV, the lead GYSD organizer in France.14
  • 15. Bosnia and Herzegovina Total Volunteers: 3,000 LEAD AGENCY: OSMIJEH, Association for Psychosocial Help and Development of Voluntary WorkOSMIJEH led the GYSD celebrations in Bosnia, mobilizing over 3,000 volunteers across the Vahida Huzejroviccountry. With the help of numerous NGOs and 47 schools, and the support of the BosnianPresident, they were able to organize ecological projects, workshops, visits to hospitals and Naselje Lamele BB Gracanica, Tuzla Cantonchildren’s homes, and concerts. At a national conference with over 120 youth volunteers, 75320best practices in youth volunteerism were presented and discussed, including a Tel: +387-35-702-860presentation by two young volunteers who had been part of the World Tour de France. The Fax: +387-35-787-281celebrations were covered by Radio OSMIJEH, Radio Grazanica Daily paper AVAZ Canton Total Volunteers: 30,000 LEAD AGENCY: Natal VoluntariosWith the now traditional nation-wide call to Monica MacDowellservice, President Lula kick-started theGYSD celebrations in Brazil, which Avenida Rodrigues Alves 871 Natal, RN 59020-200involved over 30,000 volunteers in 145 Tel: +55-84-211-1527cities, in 25 states across the country. This Fax: +55-84-211-5624year the celebrations had a common; engaging young people inachieving the UN Millennium Development (MDGs). This strategy includedactivities ranging from peer-educationinitiatives, environmental projects, sexualand reproductive health workshops, cultural and sport activities, food and clothing drives,and construction of community centers, among others. In the north of the country, the localSecretary of Youth organized a cultural exchange between urban youth and youngmembers of the aboriginal Krahô tribe. In the south of the country, young people led masstransportation safety campaigns and non-formal education activities in public squares. In thenortheast, young people organized massive clean ups, and exchanges of violent toys forbooks. In the southeast, young girls organized a social inclusion project for young inmates,and Scout groups organized massive food distribution activities among street children. Thecelebrations were covered by diverse and extensive media outlets including TV stations(Globo, SBT and MTV), hundreds of radio stations and national and local newspapers. Theorganizers were able to create a partnership with McCann Erickson, a public relations firm,to create an awareness raising campaign as part of the celebrations, which included awebsite (http/, which had over 15,000 visitors during April 2005. Thecelebrations were also promoted by celebrities such as actor Paulo Altran, one of the mostrecognizable media figures in Brazil. Some of the long term impact includes an increasein partnerships with state agencies, from 1 in 2004 to 7 in 2005; a strategicpartnership with the Scout Union of Brazil; ongoing partnerships with NLAs inArgentina and France; inclusion of service-learning curriculum in schools in the stateof Rio Grande do Norte in partnership with the local Secretary of Education; and thecreation of a university center for volunteerism at Universidad Federal do Rio Grandedo Norte.15
  • 16. Bulgaria Total Volunteers: 100 LEAD AGENCY: Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) GabrovoGYSD celebrations in Bulgaria included a cultural heritage workshop in the city of Plovdiv. It Antoaneta Yankabakovawas organized by Association National Forum API, with the cooperation of the People toPeople International- Plovdiv. This workshop brought together participants from several P.O. Box 235 Gabrovo, 5300secondary schools, and young people directly involved in cultural projects and activities. Tel: +359-66-29032With the help of teachers, participants were able to discuss different methodologies for Fax: +359-66-23419playing interactive cultural heritage games. The workshop was able to raise awareness tony@mbox.eda.bgamong young people on the concept of being European, by using innovative technologies,and promoting a more inclusive understanding of citizenship, cultural heritage and migrationacross Europe.Burundi Total Volunteers: 20,300 LEAD AGENCY: Youth in Reconstruction of the World in Destruction (YRWD)GYSD celebrations in Burundi were part of an initiative to help victims of the Prosper Ndabishuriyewar rebuild their homes and promote peace among Burundiancommunities. With the support of SHINE Ministry and EEAC Bujumbura, B.P. 6144 Bujumbura,JRMD/YRWD was able to build 9 homes for 9 families (totaling 60 people) Tel: +257-920-609who are victims of war, in 3 days at Carama, where they are in the long Fax: +257-222-955term process of building 800 homes. JRMD/YRWD also conducted an open ndapros@yahoo.frspace conference for peace and reconciliation, with a turnout of 430 Youth Action for Development (YAD) carried out multipleprojects that involved 11,708 participants between ages 7 and 45 around Co-Lead Agency:the country. Their activities included a tree planting project, collection of Youth Actions for Developmentplastic litter and street clean ups in bare areas in Gatumba, Maramvya, Bizimina VincentMubimbi and Isare zones. The Ministry of Environment participated by Bwiza, 1 avenuegiving beverages to participants towards the end of the activity and by Bujumbura, 6106providing training for 48 GYSD leaders in conjunction with YES Burundi. Tel: +257-990-784The Bujumbura mayor was also present and donated cleaning equipment Fax: +257-232-807to the project. They held public music and theatre performances put on by yadinfo@yahoo.frMoses Fund Kazibwe and 5 associations from YES Burundi respectively.YAD also gave books to students present from 7 primary and secondaryschools around the country. The Environment Minister was the chairman ofthe day together with the National Committee in Burundi. Media outletssuch as Culture Radio, African Public Radio, and Radio Isanganiro coveredthe festivities in 3 different languages and the YAD website was accessedby some 8,000 people between January and April out of interest in GYSD.Some of the long term results from GYSD 2005 in Burundi included acloser relationship between government officials, leaders ofinternational NGOs and youth organizations dedicated to sustainablechange, and the recognition of youth as effective community leaderscapable of initiating and executing major projects for the bettermentof their society.16
  • 17. Cameroon Total Volunteers: 16,911 LEAD AGENCY: Adele Reproductive Health CentreGYSD in Cameroon was led by Association Mieux Vivre (AMV), CATIBA, and Adele Gwewasang MartinReproductive Health Center. AMV mobilized 14,755 people in a successful cleaningcampaign in school yards and hospitals, as well as road renovation. Mayors and general P.O.Box 9450 Douala,managers of some companies in Douala and Yaoundé were present and Hysacam provided Tel: +237-765-1615materials (wheelbarrows, shovels etc), while SABC offered refreshments to the workers. Fax:The project was covered extensively by such media outlets as TV stations (Crtv and Canal adele_healthcentre@yahoo.fr2), radio stations (Equinoxe Radio, La Bonne Nouvelle, Yemba, RTM Radio, Radio leslauréates and Nostalgie Radio). CATIBA participated by hosting multiple educationaltraining sessions that involved 1,156 people between the ages of 10 and 40 in manydifferent fields. Over 25 youth groups along with local schools organized 4 training projectsranging from education in nutrition and HIV/AIDS to language training and art classes. TheMinister of Social Affairs came to support the event along with the general director ofSOAPCAM and the president of the traditional College of Dschang. Major donors includedSOAPCAM, the parents’ association of students at CATIBA, and Women’s Partnership ofWorld Africa. ARHC projects included the distribution of Essentials of ContraceptiveTechnology handbooks (French & English), free health lectures in training institutions,training on voluntary and confidential counseling on HIV/AIDS and the treatment of drinkingwells investment. Many elected officials came to support the health care initiative including,The Mayor of Bamusso Meh Polycarp, Dr Ngum, District Medical Officer Tiko, Mr SamuelNdla, Human Right Douala, the team of Medical Doctors in South West Province, MrsRoslyn Suite, Jhuccp.: Johns Hopkins University provided 420 copies of essentials ofcontraceptive technology handbooks and 420 wall charts on family planning. Together withthe NCC, ARHC established the Volunteer Youth Leadership Forum, with youthrepresenting more than 30 groups and schools. Some of the long term results of GYSD2005 in Cameroon include a new committee devoted to the fight against HIV/AIDS, thecreation of a partnership between CATIBA and other associations and sponsorsthroughout the country, the identification of new zones and partners by ARHC, whowill continue to benefit from GYSD activities. Some of these activities will include,provincial and district hospitals, private training institutions, some nursery andprimary schools and a youth policy group will be put in place to mobilize other youngpeople in their local areas so that they can actively engage in sex education foryoung people in Cameroon.Canada Total Volunteers: 10,000 LEAD AGENCY: Volunteer CanadaVolunteer Canadas energetic team of callers spent weeks on the telephone, phoning Rita Devlinschools in every province to promote GYSD and to encourage youth-led volunteer events.Two thousand Canadian schools, from British Columbia to Newfoundland, were contacted 330 Gilmour Street Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0R8over a three-month period, 3,500 GYSD promotional kits were distributed to schools, and an Tel: +1-800-670-0401additional 10,000 GYSD informational postcards were sent out to schools and youth- Fax: +613-231-6725involving organizations in Canada. More than 300 confirmed events were registered on the gysd@volunteer.caGYSD website. These events included such activities as a garage sale that raised morethan $800 for three local charities, volunteering in school libraries three days each week, http://www.gysd.cayouth volunteers from the youth organization Katimavik visited clients at Community Living,students volunteered as Academic Tutors and Anti-Harassment Healthy Relationshipsmentors, and a bake sale, with proceeds going to the Youth Centre. Volunteer Canadaalso developed GYSD Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for radio, two in English andtwo in French and launched a GYSD website which received over 2000 hits between Marchand the end of April. The major sponsor for the GYSD initiatives in Canada was Old Navy.The GYSD 2005 events were a great success in Canada and mobilized a large andmotivated young population that took huge strides towards becoming a positive force forchange all around the country. People nationwide were motivated by the efforts of theyoung volunteers and changed their perception of youth to more respected communityleaders.17
  • 18. Central African Republic Total Volunteers: 3,000 LEAD AGENCY: Federation Nationale des Organisations de Jeunesse GYSD 2005 saw the success of many projects Desire Dole in Central African Republic organized by the Fédération Nationale des Organisations de FNOJ BP 2227 Bangui, BP 2227 Jeunesse and the Organisation des Jeunes Tel: +236-61-18-66 pour le Développement. These projects Fax: +236-61-35-61 involved some 3000 participants, and included: clean-ups, door-to-door awareness campaignon HIV/AIDS, reparation of water canals and damaged roads, and multipleconferences/debates on topics like, the Culture of Peace, volunteering, ICT opportunitiesand drug abuse. 2000 participants were served sandwiches from the 1250 bread donationsreceived from different bakeries, and 800 young people participated in the conferences. Thelaunch of GYSD 2005 was opened by the official representative of the first lady of theCentral African Republic, Solange Ndakala, and many other elected officials were presentsuch as, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Desire Kolingba, the National Coordinator of theFédération Nationale des Organisations de Jeunesse, Desire Dole, the representative of thePresident of the Delegation of the city of Bangui, over thirty heads of different academicinstitutions, district mayors, and members of international institutions. The activities werefunded by sponsors SOCATEL, BICA, HUSACA, LEAL, the Ministry of Water, Forests,Hunting, Tourism and the Environment, and the participating bakeries. The activities ofGYSD were covered by such media outlets as Central African Radio, Central Africantelevision and two private radio stations. There were many positive long term results thatemerged from GYSD in the Central African Republic including: influence on publicpolicy related to youth (legislation, and meetings with government officials),collaboration with new future partners in different countries, collaboration with otherinternational youth agencies, creation of new initiatives for continuing youth servicethroughout the year (i.e. create a new program for the continuation of projects startedon GYSD and develop education sessions for the promotion of voluntaryparticipation), and promote a positive perception of youth through multiple modes(i.e. magazine articles that highlight the contribution of youth, quotations frommembers of the community and officials about the involvement of youth indevelopment and youth in positions of decision making). Most importantly theFédération Nationale des Organisations de Jeunesse developed an annual plan of actionfinancially supported and approved by the government (over 7,000 Euros), that plans tomeet with member organizations twice a month, use radio and television to raise awarenessabout and encourage youth volunteerism and organize periodic job management andeducational workshops for young people.Chad Total Volunteers: 200 LEAD AGENCY: Association Jeunesse Anti-Clivage SectionThe Association Jeunesse Anti Clivage (AJAC) engaged young volunteers in multiple Adam Abakar Kayayeprojects as part of the GYSD 2005 in the city of Mao, with the hopes of emphasizing the rolethat youth must play in development. The activities included a panel discussion, a film BP 11 Mao Kanem Tchad Maoshowing, and a series of games and competitions. The panel discussion entitled “La Tel: +235-23-5732volontariat de la jeunesse dans les processus de developpement” or “Youth volunteers in Fax: +235-50-3002the process of development,” was led by M. Bopan Dépalbé and the youth had the ajackanem@yahoo.fropportunity to actively participate. The film entitled “Scénario de Sahel” treated the topic ofthe AIDS pandemic and ways to prevent it. After the film there was a demonstration aboutcontraceptives and the distribution of contraceptives to many youth volunteers. The games focused around important topics such as AIDS, education of girls and violence inschools and the winners received prizes. The Mayor of the Commune of Mao waspresent for the activities and all those who participated were enthusiastic and AJACpledged to enlarge their service efforts in other towns in the region of Kanem in theyears to come.18
  • 19. China Total Volunteers: 70 LEAD AGENCY: Youth Volunteers AssociationWith the help of UNICEF the Youth Volunteers Zhu DanqingAssociation involved more than 70 participantsin a fund raising project on GYSD 2005 in Beijing Tel: +13-58-160-8730China. By selling UNICEF cards and gifts they Fax:raised 10055 yuan for UNICEF who contributed all to children in poor areas of China. Alongwith UNICEF mainly Chinese women, localmedia and school managers provided theproject with significant support. Although allparticipants spared no effort to convey themeaning of GYSD and UNICEF to thoseinterested, the Youth Volunteers recognized that GYSD will never completely developwithout the support of the government, and that is their ultimate goal for the future. Theyhope that China will one day be an active force for GYSD.Colombia Total Volunteers: 18,000 LEAD AGENCY: Corporacion Grupo TayronaGYSD 2005 in Colombia was led by Grupo Tayrona with the support of the National Juan Diego ValenzuelaCoordinating Committee, including the Colombian National Planning Committee, agovernment body coordinating 11,000 territorial councils; public officials, volunteer Transversal 55 No. 112 - 33 Bogota, Cundinamarcaorganizations, youth groups, universities and schools. Over 70 activities were carried out by 1061218,000 volunteers, such as health campaigns in poor neighborhoods, activities promoting Tel: +57-1-296-5815the conservation of cultural heritage and sustainable development, clean-up events, cultural Fax: +57-1-296-5816performances, book collections, trainings on information and communication technologies, and activities with disabled children. Furthermore, GYSD organizers were able tocarry out the 2nd Annual Youth Volunteer Work Fair, involving 40 volunteer organizations, 4, the Mayor of Bogota, schools and universities. This event was tied to the Forumfor a Fair Colombia, with national experts and youth organizations such as the YMCA, theYouth Observatory, YES Colombia, YWCA, theColombian Volunteer Association, Young CatholicGroups, Red Cross, among other organizations.The celebrations ended with an award ceremony,including UN representatives, IAVE officials andGeneral Motors representatives. As part of thelong term strategies, the GYSD organizersagreed to produce 8 radio shows on youthvolunteerism, with the support of governmentagencies, civil society and multilateralorganizations, and youth volunteers. It isestimated that these shows will reach 15,000people, including 10,000 youth. The GYSDorganizers in Colombia are also expecting to distribute a publication on youthvolunteerism in Colombia, which includes a national directory of volunteerorganizations and personal stories from youth volunteers. Finally, Grupo Tayronaplans to train youth volunteers through a series of capacity-building workshopsfocusing on volunteerism, citizenship and ICTs.19
  • 20. Congo, Democratic Republic of Total Volunteers: 35,000 LEAD AGENCY: Development and Relief Ginger Group (DEREGG)Forum des Jeunes pour le Developpment (FOJEDEV) played an extraordinary leading role Joel Bayubasirein the events of GYSD by mobilizing over 35,000 people in its projects. They organized andtelevised an educational conference that emphasized youth self-empowerment and 17 Av, Kindu, Ibanda Bukavu, South-Kivuleadership that reached over 10, 000 viewers. More than 50 young people participated in 7140 Kigalivisiting destitute patients at the “Roi-Badouin” Hospital in Kinshasa and donated needed Tel: +250-840-5478materials such as 50 bags of sugar, 1000 bars of soap, 50 boxes of milk, second-hand Fax:clothing and other pharmaceutical products. These two projects were sponsored by Kairos deregginfo@yahoo.frTelecom, Eglise la Gloire de L’Eternel, Boutique GAIUS, Christian Seka and Michael Ntoto,and were covered by two different television stations. FOJEDEV continued their service Co-Lead Agency:involving over 25,000 people, in activities such as, the creation of an establishment for Solidarite Pour Layouth development, creation of a not-for-profit organization, the formation of a group to Jeunessepromote awareness about youth and their nationalism, and the participation of young Kibosi NyamuhundaCongolese in an international conference against racism and discrimination. They carried 83, av. Kimbanguout this initiative with the help of donations made by group members and with the support of Burundi, Uvira, Sud-Kivuone elected official, Senator Wamba dia Wamba. Consultation Collective Nationale des Ong Tel: +243-977-48053de Jeunesse du Congo (CONAJECO) also engaged in many activities involving more than Fax: +257-21-2485 sjasbl_ong@yahoo.fr150 leaders of youth organizations from Kinshasa, such as, raising awareness concerningthe voluntary participation of youth in their communities, educating the leaders about themanagement/organization of volunteers, a forestation project and food banks. The activitiesof CONAJECO were funded by such sponsors as ONG OPURR and the Commune ofNgaliema (city of Kinshasa). There were elected officials present including the principalDefense and Security Advisor to the Vice President, Mr. Thomas Wetshi Tambwe, a lawyerwith the court of Appeals in Kinshasa and the Advisor to the Ministry of Youth and Sports,Mrs. Marie Jeanne Luhaka, and Mr. Jean Baptiste Kiaku Mayamba, the Magistrate of theCommune of Ngaliema. The events of GYSD 2005 in D.R. Congo were covered by the radioon Radio Naitonale (RTNC) and on Television Nationale (RTNC) and Canal CongoTelevision (CCTV). Some of the long term results of GYSD in Congo were the initiationof a mini-project titled “Appui des renforcements des activites du volontariat desjeunes au Congo-Kinshasa” (Support for strengthening the activities of youthvolunteers in Congo-Kinshasa), which aims to generate more initiatives to continueyouth service throughout the year. Through this project it is hoped to organize a series ofshort-term and long term events on the national level that will raise awareness and educateyouth organizations on leadership and how to implement mini-projects in their communities.Important contacts were initiated between CONAJECO and Mr. Victor Amougou who is incharge of United Nations Volunteers in Congo-Kinshasa which may lead to strategicpartnerships.Costa Rica Total Volunteers: 1,500 LEAD AGENCY: Fundacion LaberintoWith over 20 activities around the country, and the participation of over 1,500 youth Rodrigo Hernandezvolunteers, Fundacion Laberinto led the GYSD celebrations in Costa Rica. Twenty highschools in San Jose, and youth organizations in several provinces, carried out Volunteer San Pedro Montes de Oca San José, 300-1009Campaigns, collecting 10 tons of garbage, planting 200 trees, organizing artistic exhibitions, Tel: +506-225-1351setting up a recreational camp for disadvantaged youth, and carrying out workshops on Fax: +506-225-1351sustainable development. The GYSD organizers were also able to organize a National flaberinto@costarricense.crForum on Youth Exchange, where several youth leaders were able to share their point ofviews on the issues of public policies affecting young people.20
  • 21. Côte dIvoire Total Volunteers: 16 LEAD AGENCY: AIESEC Cote DIvoireGYSD celebrations in the Ivory Coast were led by Service For Peace and the Interfaith Detchio AkobeYouth Peace Council. The council involved 16 people including 12 principal youth leaders ofthe three main faiths (Catholic, Protestant, and Islam). A workshop was organized for the 08 BP Abijdan 5 Anijdan, Cocody 225leaders of these Religious Youth Organizations (RYOs) in order to: initiate a dialogue to find Tel: +748-5248the best ways to communicate and work together, help the organizations realize and take Fax: +225-203-89073responsibility to educate young people about problems common to all faiths and discuss aieseciv@yahoo.orgmodel RYO responses to future conflicts. Educational support came from local Jesuiteducators and the Service For Peace International HQ provided funding. The Director of theHuman Rights and Dignity Institute Cote D’Ivoire was present as well as members of the Community. The activity was covered by Private Islamic TV and translated intoFrench and English. All of the participants were receptive and happy to attend such anactivity and promised that for next year’s GYSD they will be more active to make somethingbig happen on the national level. It is hoped that these workshops planted the seed fora peaceful relationship between the RYOs that will evolve to educate youth andprevent conflict.Croatia Total Volunteers: 400 LEAD AGENCY: Croatian Youth NetworkGYSD celebrations in Croatia were led by the Croatian Youth Network. With the support of Tomislav Tomisevic19 youth organizations, they carried out simultaneous events around the country includingconcerts, rallies, fairs displaying the work of youth organizations, public debates, trainings Ilica 35 Zagreband workshops, blood donations, environmental clean-ups, cultural performances, sport Tel: +385-1-483-3809events, among other activities. As part of the long term effects, GYSD activities have Fax: +385-1-483-3635helped mobilize youth organizations to come together in the creation of a national mmh-predsjednik@globalnet.hryouth platform, which will act as an umbrella organization for all youth organizationsin Croatia.Czech Republic Total Volunteers: 15 LEAD AGENCY: Mezinarodni asociace pro pomoc a pratelstviOn GYSD 2005, the organization Mezinarodni Asociace Pro Pomoc a Pratelstvi incooperation with its partner organization Dobrovolnicke Centrum Kladno (DCK) organized a Alena Dishaday of volunteer training workshops mainly targeted to regional high school students and Zerotinova 42other youth interested in volunteering. Fifteen new people decided to become regular Praha 3volunteers, 12 of which decided to join volunteer programs of DCK and Mezinarodini. The Czech Republic 130 00workshops explained the activities of youth organizations in the Czech Republic, and Tel: +420 608 215 170emphasized the importance of volunteer work. They also included interactive games, Fax: +420 283 853 299presentations and team work exercises. From funds donated by the Volunteer CentreKladno and Service For Peace, 3 new projects were initiated by new volunteers, and others http://irff-cz.ogparticipated in the local “Spring of Service” program. DCK also sent volunteers to a home forelderly people, an orphanage and a hospital. The official representatives of these receivingorganizations were present at the workshops as well as the director of the Volunteer CentreKladno. The main long term result of GYSD 2005 in the Czech Republic is theestablishment of relationships with new partners, and the continuing collaborationsbetween organizations to encourage more youth volunteerism and spear-head newservice projects and workshops.21
  • 22. Dominican Republic Total Volunteers: 4,000 LEAD AGENCY: Alianza ONG-Sirve QuisqueyaGYSD celebrations in the Dominican Republic were led by Alianza ONG/Sirve Quisqueya, Victor Almontemobilizing over 4,000 young volunteers. The celebrations started with the 3rd NationalYouth Service Fair, which focused on the exchange of information, resources, and Caonabo No. 22 Santo Domingo,experiences on youth service and service-learning among youth volunteers. The Fair Tel: +809-221-9192participants included representatives from the InterAmerican Develoment Bank (IDB), Fax: +809-221-0004United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and state officials. The Fair hosted an of 33 organizations, and capacity-building workshops. The following days werefilled with simultaneous activities, involving youth volunteers such as clean-ups, visits tochildren and elderly homes, small donations, planting of trees, among other activities. This’s activites were supported by the IDB’s Paso Joven program, UNDP, United NationsVolunteers (UNV), Mayor’s Office, Orange and ITABO. The celebrations were covered bynewspapers such as El Caribe, Diario Hoy and Diario Libre; and TV stations such aschannels 11, 13, 27, 9, 2 and 4.Ecuador Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: Gobernación de GuayasOrganizers in Ecuador planned a one-day academic event, focusing on volunteer work. It Miriam Rojaswas part of a series of conferences on social development. Malecon y Aguirre Guayas, Guayaquil 593-4Final Report not available at the time of printing Tel: +593-4-2322616 Fax: +593-4-2534261 miriam_rojas@indes.orgEgypt Total Volunteers: 100 LEAD AGENCY: Arab Office for Youth and EnvironmentiEARN Egypts BRIDGE program in partnership with People to People International invited Emad Adly Adlyyoung people to volunteer their talents to help give 45 children from the Resala Orphanagea day of fun and games. The day was made possible by corporate sponsor McDonalds; Zahraa El Maadi st. Cairo, 202and also included the participation of the Modern Education School in Katamya, Cairo and Tel: +202-516-1519Abbas El Akkad Experimental Language School. During their BRIDGE Physical Exchange Fax: +202-516-2961Program, US students had the honor of joining their Egyptian peers, of the Hosni Mubarak aoye@link.netSchool in Alexandria, in a tree planting ceremony in the name of hope for understandingand peace. The event was covered by such media outlets as Nile News TV & Orbit Network.Some of the long term effects include a closer relationship among the children ofCairo, a new motivation towards youth service activities and a happier experience forthe children.22
  • 23. El Salvador Total Volunteers: 200 LEAD AGENCY: Comite de Emergencias Medicas de NejapaGYSD celebrations in El Salvador concentrated on offering recreational Saul Alexander Torresopportunities for youth, as an alternative to getting involved with gangs. Theorganizers offered activities such as swimming, martial arts, soccer, workshops on Av. Norberto Moran No.12 San Salvador,sculpting, carpentry and painting, as well as first aid courses. Furthermore, with the Tel: +503-503-2929support of the City of Granada, Spain, the organizers were able to provide Fax: +503-201-0112educational scholarships to 13 disadvantaged youth. As a long term result, the comiteemergenciasnejapa@yahoo.comorganizers secured a partnership with the Mayor of Nejapa, and currentlyplanning the creation of a Youth Center to serve the needs of young people inthe surrounding communities.Eritrea Total Volunteers: 20,000 LEAD AGENCY: National Union of Eritrean Youth & StudentsThe GYSD celebrations in Eritrea were led by the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Rahel WeldeabStudents (NUEYS), which mobilized over 20,000 young people aged 14-35. The goals forGYSD Eritrea were to highlight the accomplishments of young people, address the problem Keskese St. 173 #27 Asmara,of environment conservation and learn more about the role of youth in community welfare Tel: +291-1-12-5772and development through volunteering. To accomplish these goals, their projects included Fax: +291-1-12-5981providing care for elderly people, care for the disabled, tree planting, terracing, cleaning and sensitization in HIV/AIDS and STDs. These projects wereextremely successful because they were conducted in the six administrative zones inEritrea. These events were covered by media outlets including the national television (Eri- and were supported by the mayors of each administrative zone. The funding for theseevents came from each of the respective NUEYS Zonal Office. The long term results ofthese events were that through media coverage and community awarenesscampaigns, the society was given a clear picture as to the positive role youth play intheir communities and it encouraged youth to continue given services to theircommunity voluntarily. Even though GYSD only happens once a year, NUEYS continuesto carry out activities promoting youth volunteerism and participation through year-roundactivities. TotalEthiopia Volunteers: LEAD Ethiopian Medical Students AGENCY: AssociationOrganizers planned capacity building workshops focusing on volunteerism and Berhanu Gebremichaelhealth care. P.O. Box 9302 Addis AbabaFinal Report not available at the time of printing Tel: +251-9-451653 Fax:
  • 24. France Total Volunteers: 8,000 LEAD AGENCY: A.F.E.V. (Association de la Fondation Etudiante pour la Ville)Under the patronage of President Jacques Chirac, youth organizations across France Benoit Marquailleorganized events in four main regions with regional institutions, local communities andbusinesses. In each region activities focused on solidarity and youth engagement. The 26 bis, rue Chateau Landon Paris, 75010events aimed to be inclusive, festive and to positively impact the media. The organizers Tel: +33-140-36-0101hosted forums, debates and social events to celebrate youth service. The celebrations Fax: +33-140-36-7589ended with a World Tour de France, which included participants from 40 countries around the world, providing a platform for exchanges among different GYSD organizers. As part of the communications strategy for GYSD 2005 in France, thousands of posters, fliers, organizational guides and a website were created. As part of the long term effects of GYSD in France, greater partnerships were developed with state institutions, and financial partners such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of European Affairs, UNESCO, FNAC, and BNP-Paribas.Gabon Total Volunteers: 170 LEAD AGENCY: Nouvelle AfriqueOver 170 youth participated in GYSD 2005 in Gabon, organized by Jeunes Volontaires Felix Nemi GwodogFrancophones (JVF) jointly with the First Youth Forum on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity.With the support of a few sponsors including, CNFL, Ministry PME-PMI, Direction Nationale BP:4105 Libreville, 241de la Francophonie and Omar Bongo University, JVF Gabon trained young high school Tel: +241-091976students in computer and internet skills. Moreover, the organizations’ staff organized a Fax:workshop on web site development. There were many officials present at the event such as, felix.nemi@caramail.comthe Vice-President of the University of Libreville, the Director of CNFL, Richard Aubry, theMinister of Education, J.R. Pendy-Bouyiki and artist Annie-Flore Batchiellilys. The activitieswere covered by such media outlets as television stations la RTG1, TV+ and TéléAfrica,while JVF received some 2,622 hits on their website. With the goal of taking actions thatimprove the conditions of youth JVF hopes to associate and collaborate with other partnersso that youth may improve their conditions. As part of the long term results, JVF aims touse GYSD 2005 as the jumping point to create collaboration with agencies working inother countries to benefit from each other and to integrate community projects intoeducation systems at the level of ICTs. ICT training for young people will involve: mediaprojects, e-centers in high schools in rural areas, support for youth-led small privateenterprises, support for literacy, and counseling for youth infected by HIV/AIDS.Gambia, The Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: Lend a Hand SocietyPlans for GYSD 2005 in Gambia incluided a national conference on hunger, co- Lamin Kamaraorganized with the National Youth Association for Food Security (NaYAFS). P.O. Box 2914 Kanfing, KMCFinal Report not available at the time of printing Tel: +220-390-550 Fax:
  • 25. Georgia Total Volunteers: 1,200 LEAD AGENCY: Development and Reform Fund under the President of GeorgiaThe Development and Reform Fund (DRF) under the patronage of the President of the Marina PurtseladzeRepublic, conducted many activities as part of the GYSD celebrations in Georgia. It involvedover 1200 people in their projects including, visits to two orphanages in Kojory and Tskneti 12 Chanturia St. Tbilisi, 108where over 200 pupils received free caps and t-shirts provided by Coca-Cola, and another Tel: +995-32 99 6723250 were provided with a free dinner from the restaurant Nikala. Throughout the country Fax: +995-32 99 75 82many squares and sport halls were inaugurated, 300 new trees were planted and cleaning were undertaken in almost every region. Sponsored humanitarian events, concertsand performances were held in Tbilisi and other big cities. Money collected from auctionswas distributed among youth and elderly homes. The President of Georgia and of Parliament and Ministries were present in solidarity with the efforts of theDRF. The activities generated hundreds of hits on the Fund’s website and were covered bysuch media outlets as T.V. channels Rustavi 2 and the Public Channel and certain RadioChannels. The Charity Humanitarian Center Abkhazeti also made significant contributionson GYSD in Georgia with activities including clothing drives and culture and sport activitiesfor local orphans. 200 orphans from the Poti Orphanage participated in these activities and received clothing and toy donations. 40 youth club members participated in the organization and implementation of the project including sports competitions, a chalk mural, a carnival and a youth concert. 10,000 Poti residents read about the event in the local newspaper, the Martali Tribuna. The Head of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport in Poti, Tariel Zarandia, was present and advertised the event at the Culture House of Poti, while Luiza Jolokhava, the Orphanage Coordinator of the Poti Ministry of Education, asked local media to cover the event. Charity Humanitarian Center Abkhazeti(CHCA) and the Shota Rustaveli University of Theatre and Cinema were the major sponsorsfor the event. Several alumni of U.S. exchange programs and members of the Youth CivicLeadership Club of Gori, organized the “Children Helping Children” project in the ShidaKartli Region. With the support of a DisneyHand Minnie Grant, they mobilized local youthinto service for the less privileged children in their region through school donation drives,and then traveled to Katsi to deliver necessary items and spend the day with the orphanchildren. Some of the long term results of GYSD 2005 in Georgia include theformation of new youth organizations after meetings with public officials and a newPeace Corps chapter in Tbilisi. DRF established new relationships with New-Artrepresentatives to conduct new events together, and community centers wereestablished at local agencies with young representatives who are actively involved asdecision makers in their communities. The CHCA Poti Orphanage Sport and CultureCarnival raised awareness of the plight of youth in orphanages and youthvolunteerism and artistic talent through local media coverage in the Republic ofGeorgia, and established networking connections with local government andeducation ministry and youth clubs.Germany Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: Institut JuleiquaInstitut Juleiqua planned volunteer activities among young people in the North-Rhine, Robert Hostingsincluding workshops and exhibitions. Talstr. 116 North-Rhine Westfalia, 40217Final Report not available at the time of printing Tel: +49-21-131-13041 Fax:
  • 26. Ghana Total Volunteers: 2,000 LEAD AGENCY: Foundation For International Human Development and Environmental StudiesGYSD 2005 celebrations in Ghana mobilized over 2,000 volunteers all over the country. Jesse AmesimekuThese projects included activities ranging from extensive cleaning campaigns, sponsoredwalks, concerts, carnivals and photo exhibitions to educational films, lectures, panels and Behind Kpogas Furniture Works Odorkorworkshops covering topics like environment, health/sanitation, teen pregnancy and STDs, Accra-North, Greater - Accragender equality, career planning, public awareness and volunteerism. In general, youth Tel: +233-24-667132volunteers were motivated to be positive influences in their communities, champion the Fax: +233-21-662210cause of volunteerism and learn to take control of their futures to improve their country and fihdes@mail.comeducate others on how to continue these efforts. The activities were attended by suchprominent officials as Ms Pamela Ayimey, Senior Nursing Officer from Ho MunicipalHospital, the National Youth Coordinator of Lion Clubs in Ghana, Ghana NationalAssociation of Teachers and police service, famous personality Lion Willie Sam and variousRegional Ministers. Sponsors who made these projects possible included DisneyHand,Children Better Way, Lions Clubs in Ghana, Turom World, Coca Cola Ghana Limited andthe Ghana Police. The celebrations were covered extensively by such media outlets as theDaily Graphic newspaper, the Junior Graphic (national newspaper with widest circulation),Ghana News Agency (government news agency that serves radio/TV news stations withnews information) Internet news (Ghana Today), Enquiries, Children Graphic and Heritage,People and Places. All of the organizations generated positive long term results fromGYSD 2005 in Ghana. They initiated important dialogue between the youth/childrenand elected officials, trained youth to become agents of positive change in theircommunities, formed various new youth clubs to continue the efforts started onGYSD, planned youth forums for the future and all established importantcollaboration with new partners locally and abroad.Grenada Total Volunteers: 700 LEAD AGENCY: Department of Youth DevelopmentGYSD 2005 activities in Grenada were spearheaded by the Department of Youth Fredel HalleyDevelopment and involved over 700 volunteers between the ages of 11 and 35. 73 youthorganizations registered for this years events and eleven schools, five churches and 37 Prime Minister Office, Ministerial Complexyouth groups planned and implemented 52 service projects between April 15 and 17. About St. Georges1000 food items/hampers were distributed to the poor and needy, while more than 10 Tel: +473-440-2255 ext 3123houses were built for persons who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Ivan. These Fax: +473-440-4116included vulnerable persons such as single mothers, senior citizens and disabled persons. youthdivision@gov.gdDuring Hurricane Ivan, the island’s fauna was immensely damaged so, more than 2000trees were replanted over the weekend. More than 20 people from different groups weretrained for the activities. There were certain elected officials present for the festivitiesincluding, Hon. Roland Bolah, the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Claris Modeste-Curwen, theMinister of Communications, Hon. Adrian Mitchell, the Minister of Sports and Sen. EmmalinPierre, the Minister of State responsible for Youth Development. The events were alsocovered by various newspapers, radio and TV stations. As part of the long term results,most groups pledged to continue their projects through-out the year. The Departmentof Youth Development was praised for initiating the event in Grenada and the youngpeople for taking advantage of the opportunity to participate in positive activity.GYSD 2005 provided young people the initiative and the tools they need to continuevolunteering in their communities in the future.26
  • 27. Guatemala Total Volunteers: 300 LEAD AGENCY: Centro de Desarrollo Humano de GuatemalaGYSD 2005 was led by the Volunteer Program at the University of San Carlos. It included a Gustavo Castellanoshealth campaign, focusing on poor communities without access to basic health services,both in urban and rural areas, and a capacity-building campaign focusing on peace and 5a. calle 2-80, zona 1 Guatemala, 1001human rights initiatives. The free health services included donation of medical supplies to Tel: +502-2232-7411over 150 people. As part of the peace and Fax: +502-2232-7411human rights initiatives, volunteers organized Games, strengthening communityties. Furthermore, the organizers heldworkshops on self-steem and leadership, aswell as preventive and reproductive health.Sociology students developed a workshop oncommunity action, and the creation ofcommunity-based organizations. The medicalsupplies were donated by Alaska MedicalMissions.Guinea Total Volunteers: 500 LEAD AGENCY: Association des Jeunes Humanistes de GuinéeRefugees Humanitarian and Social Organization for Africa is an organization of refugees for Amara Contérefugees. They used GYSD 2005 as a way to help those who have little means to helpthemselves and to expose their efforts to the world. They provided people with needed food 030 BP 928 Conakry,and other kinds of human assistance and placed an emphasis on providing basic Tel: +224-113-31256information to educate and raise awareness in refugee camps. This valiant effort of a group, Fax: +who has little themselves, could spread a positive initiative of helping one another in refugee info_ajhg@yahoo.comcamps around the country.Guyana Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: GuyberNetGuyberNet planned to hold workshops, panel discussions, inner city clean ups, and a Trevor L. Bennschool debating competition. 17F Garnett Street Georgetown,Final Report not available at the time of printing Tel: +592-223-8251 Fax: +592-226-2804 trevorbenn@yahoo.com27
  • 28. Haiti Total Volunteers: 5,000 LEAD AGENCY: Action Integree pour le developpement (AID- HAITI)Over 5000 people benefited from the projects organized and executed by Action Integrée Jean Julme Alexandrepour le Developpement (AID-HAITI) during GYSD 2005 in Haiti. The projects included thecleaning of 3 public schools, discussion panels on the need for government 38, Rue Caonabo delmas 24 Delmas, HT:6120decentralization, and the creation of 16 different workshops that educated over 400 young Tel: +509-224-1536people on the integral roles of youth in community development. The director of INFODEV Fax:and the directors of the public schools mentioned were all present for the activities. The aidhaiti@yahoo.fryouth volunteers financed all of the projects themselves and Mr. Jean Julme Alexandre,Executive Director of AID-HAITI spoke on a local radio show about the importance of GYSDin Haiti. In the long run, the events of GYSD 2005 sparked a culture of volunteerismamong Haitian youth who committed to increase their efforts in 2006. The schoolrenovations provided a clean learning environment for thousands of students andencouraged them to do the same service for others in the future.Hong Kong Total Volunteers: 7,500 LEAD AGENCY: The Hong Kong Federation of Youth GroupsThe Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups has mobilized 6,800 young people between Jacqueline Wongthe age of 6 and 35 years old to get involved in GYSD during April 2005. 29 service unitsfrom the Federation and 106 organizations/schools have carried out over 200 volunteer G/F, Tsui Shek House, Ping Shek Estateservices for 2,000 families in April. To promote GYSD, the Federation named April as Kwung Tong, N.A.“Volunteer Service Month”. Young volunteers were given chances to serve the Tel: +852-2527-2448underprivileged by cooperating with elderly Fax: +852-2528-2105and children with learning disabilities. The of young volunteers hasdemonstrated the ability of youths in bridging serving different parties and needy. Inaddition, a newspaper supplement waspublished on April 15 and a GYSDcommissioning ceremony was held on April16 at an open area of Hong Kong Park. PaulK.W. Tang, JP, Director of Social Welfarewas the officiating guest of the ceremony.The event included a ceremony and a varietyof young volunteer performances. Before theceremony, over 1,000 volunteers gavesouvenirs to 40,000 members of the public in 20 different districts to spread the message“Unite together to give care to others”.The International Social Service Hong Kong Branch engaged student volunteers from N.T.Heung Yee Kuk Tai Po District Secondary school on GYSD 2005 with the support of aDisneyHand Minnie Grant in a service project entitled “Community Health Care Service forthe Elderly 2005” that affected almost 200 elderly. The students received health caretraining, stressing skills to measure blood pressure, heart-rate, and glucose levels. Thevolunteers also actively designed interesting and creative game booths so as to help conveymessages to the elderly participants on the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyle. ISS-HK organized a Health-Care Talk entitled “Life is beautiful—Aging” led by Ms. CatherineTam that actively involved 30 elderly, a Tai Chi performance was presented by a group ofstudents, as well as a video show with relevant health care topics for the elderly.28
  • 29. India Total Volunteers: 21,000 LEAD AGENCY: Community Development CentreGYSD 2005 in India was organized and implemented by organizations all over the countryincluding: the Community Development Centre (CDC), Bill Clinton Center for AIDS Ameen CharlesResearch and Education, Osmania Medical Students for Service and Development, Post Box No. 17 B.C.RaiJyotirmayee Mahila Samiti, In Pharm Gupta Ki Chaal(Young Pharmacists Group of India), Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh,Tara Educare Academy, iEARN, and 481 001the Eastern Nagaland Social Service Tel: +91-7632-248585Society. These organizations Fax: cdcindia@rediffmail.commobilized over 21,000 volunteersthrough their projects that benefitedthousands of people nation-wide.These projects included activitiesranging from cleaning andenvironmental projects(water/ecological conservation, treeplanting, solid waste management,resource mapping), extensive health awareness projects and workshops including anHIV/AIDS awareness campaign and the wide distribution of educational pamphlets, youthdebates and essay competitions, and free education opportunities for underprivileged youth.Tare Educare Academy is a completely free educational facility that provides schooling forover 30 young people who don’t have the means to pay for a formal education. Bill ClintonCenter for AIDS Research and Education held an awareness raising event with thepresence of Honorable Chief Guest, film celebrity Mr. Vishnu Vardhan Babu, and over 2,000attendees, emphasizing the importance of taking preventive measures and of providingmoral support for HIV positive people. Twenty iEARN BRIDGE students from BalshikshanMandir English Medium School, Maharashtra collected books for underpriviliged students inthe area. Other activities included cleaning around a local lake, conducting a hospitalwaste survey, and accompany senior citizens to health check-ups administered by the RedCross. There were quite a few elected officials present in solidarity with the activities ofthese organizations such as, local members of Parliament, members of the LegislativeAssembly, the President of In Pharm, Suryadevara Pratap, the Minister for Social Welfare,Sri Redya Naik Dharmsoth, Andhra Pradesh India, Dr. B. Madhava Reddy, the Principal ofG. Pulla Reddy college of Pharmacy Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh India, Mr. Raoof, the JointSecretary of InPharm, Mr.Yalamanchili Kaliprasad, Project Manager, Nile LtD,Miss.Yalamanchili Harshitha (DisneyHand Award Winner) St Anns School, Secunderabad,Mueen Ahmedh K.K, Secretary, In Pharm, tribal leaders, village elders and othergovernment officials. The events of GYSD 2005 India were covered by such diverse mediaoutlets as, multiple local newspapers (Nangalnd Post, Hindustan Times and others), TVchannels, internet current events and In Pharma magazines. The major sponsors for theactivities were Smile Foundation India, DisneyHand, St Anns School, In Pharm Association,Nile Ltd, Hyderabad, CDC, NAVJIVAN, SMS, GVM, UV, SAHEJNA, ASHA NIVAS and localcommunities through fundraising. Some of the long term results of GYSD 2005 in Indiainclude the generation of initiatives to continue year-round youth service, theidentification of child abuse as an issue for the group of 43 NGOs who came togetherthis year, to work in the incorporation of service-learning into educational systems orcommunity-based projects and the Pharm Association is planning to conduct seriesof service programs throughout the year and to conduct GYSD programs every year.Also, after seeing the Tare Educare Academy project more and more similar projectsare being created in the area and there are many free schools now operating, so thatin the future, lack of money will no longer be a barrier to receiving a propereducation.29
  • 30. Indonesia Total Volunteers: 40 LEAD AGENCY: ChildFund (Christian Childrens Fund)ChildFund planned a 3 day Youth Empowerment and Leadership workshop with 40 Jessica Lenzyouth in and around the Aceh province who are internally displaced persons from afterthe tsunami and also other youth affected by the conflict here in the region and the Banda Aceh cpmanager@childfundindonesia.orgearthquake. This three day workshop began on April 14th and continued until April16th. The young people were engaged in youth-friendly activities to learn aboutchallenges youth face after an emergency, leadership, team building, communication,and action planning.Iran Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: Rahpooyane Saba Institute for Volunteering DevelopmentGYSD organizers planned clean up activities in Tehran. Yasser Salimi NamimFinal Report not available at the time of printing No.520-Mehr Alley-4th St Tehran Tel: +98-21-8081053 Fax: +98-21-8813371 yassersaliminamin@yahoo.comIsrael Total Volunteers: 385 LEAD AGENCY: Service For Peace - IsraelIn the City of Bet Shemesh, Service For Peace mobilized 350 youth between the ages of 11 Baruch Shalevand 18, 15 retired people from a senior Citizens Club, and 20 public figures, including theMayor and the local media in activities for GYSD 2005 in Israel. They participated in a tree Bet Shemesh, Israelplanting project where they planted over 100 new trees and created a small botanic garden, Tel: 972-523-802227a cleaning project and an art project where they painted 3 large dumpsters in the shalevbaruch@yahoo.comcommunity. As mentioned the Mayor was present along with the Police Commander,community police, Magen David Adom (Israeli official emergency relief services), a memberof the Red Cross, representatives of municipalities and NGOs, and school managers. Thelong term aim is to involve the whole community from kindergarten throughuniversity students, and senior citizens in service and volunteering. A follow upmeeting was held with officials from the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministryof Social Affairs to plan on an expanded program for GYSD 2006.There is an initiative tocontinue year-round service in Bet Shemesh involving youth of all ages together with seniorcitizens and develop training sessions in youth volunteer management.30
  • 31. Italy Total Volunteers: 500 LEAD AGENCY: UNISER Soc. CoopGYSD celebrations in Italy were led by UNISER. This year’s activities aimed to give visibility Daniela Farinellito volunteerism and civic participation, by launching a photo contest entitled GYSD 2005 - IlVolontariato in un Click. The contest was divided into 2 categories: Printed and Digital Via Bruni, 38 Forli, FC I-47100photos with the aim to involve as many people as possible, sensitize the whole community Tel: +39-0543-551311on the importance of volunteering, spread the word on the GYSD celebrations, give voice to Fax: +39 0543-414326those who are already engaged in voluntary service activities, and inspire those who are not evs@uniser.netinvolved already. The contest was open to everybody without any restriction both in Italyand abroad. The digital contest will be open until December the 31st 2005, the most votedphoto will become the symbol of the Italian celebrations of the GYSD 2006 in Italy and will http://www.uniser.netbe used to promote the event. The website which is a fundamental partof the project is being visited by people from all over the world and will be soon updated withthe photos participating to the contest. Peacewords Foundation and the Scuola Capponiwere also able to organize GYSD activities with the support of a DisneyHand Minnie Grant.Japan Total Volunteers: 410 LEAD AGENCY: Service For PeaceService For Peace and IAVE created a national committee of GYSD and mobilized 410 Koji Matsudavolunteers from 24 organizations and college clubs in 21 cities on GYSD 2005 in Japan.They participated in projects such as; extensive cleaning campaigns, including a 24 hour 8-19-201 Sakuragaoka-cho Tokyo, 150-0031clean up marathon of 16 districts in Nagoya, a symposium and exhibition of youth Tel: +81-3-5784-6723volunteerism, a Global Youth Service Forum by foreign students and Japanese students Fax: +81-3-5784-6724and mentoring and experiential learning for elementary school children by college students info@sfpjapan.orgin Osaka, Hiroshima, Yokohama and Matsue. All of the participating organizationscollaborated in creating a website of GYSD to display their activities and to continue tonetwork, using GYSD as a starting point. The activities were covered extensively by a few http://www.sfpjapan.orgmedia outlets including, NHK Nagoya (National Television), Chyubu Cable TV, andnewspapers the Chyunichi journal, the Mainichi Shinbun and the Nagoya Times. Therewere elected officials present for many of the GYSD activities who also served as sponsors,including Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya City, Association of volunteers and welfare in Aichi, theNagoya volunteer Center, EXPO 2005 and Nagoya City Hall. Aichi Shyukutoku Universitywas also a sponsor and students organized a symposium and exhibition of youthvolunteerism. The most important long term result was that the events of GYSD 2005changed the perception of youth in Japan and encouraged people to get involvedespecially due to the media coverage. Service For Peace and IAVE plan to continue topromote GYSD and continue to make new partnerships through their website in orderto gain a wider participation in next year’s festivities.31
  • 32. Kazakhstan Total Volunteers: 1,000 LEAD AGENCY: UNV KazakhstanMany organizations took part in GYSD 2005 activities in Kazakhstan, including Nikolay SlabzhaninPublic Foundation Help, Contact Club, Kazakh Secondary School in Associationwith Peace Corps, Special Child, IFES and students from the West Kazakhstan 67, Tole bi str., Almaty, 480091State University in Ust-Kamenogorsk. Together they mobilized hundreds of Tel: +8-327-2-582643volunteers in many projects including presentations/lectures on HIV/AIDS, Fax: +8-327-2-582645informational brochures, a poster creation contest, a music/dance performance, a nikolay.slabzhanin@undp.orgbig brother project for disabled children, the remodeling of a local museum for, environment clean up and the renovation of multiple local city parks. Theprojects reached out and improved the lives of thousands of people in manycommunities. There were many officials present for the celebration including,Kostanai Oblast of the Department of Education, Marat Uderbayev, Akim (equivalentto a mayor), Irina Leonidovna Kim, First Assistant to the Akim, Roza Zhunisova, theChief of Small Business Affairs department, local town Mayors and respectedmilitary figures. The major sponsors for the various organizations are: the PublicFoundation Help, DisneyHand, Public Foundation Crossroads, the US PeaceCorps, Reproductive Health Center, IREX/IATP, Young Media, Department of YouthAffairs, IFES - Democracy@Large, American Councils Alumni Association, PetroKazakhstan, Vita water company, Dance Groups and the Local Fun Center. Manymedia outlets covered the events such as, Kyzylorda Oblast TV Station, KazakhstanNTK TV station, and newspapers, Kostanai News, Youth Newspaper – Crossroads,and Kyzylorda Times. Some of the long term results include praise, recognitionand greater support for youth from local governments, strengthenedrelationships among different youth organizations in Kazakhstan, and mediaexposure that will draw more attention to youth efforts in volunteer service. Anewfound relationship was created between GYSD organizers and PeaceCorps, generating greater awareness in the local community about theimportance of mobilizing youth to implement service projects in theircommunity. Further projects are already planned and GYSD is now a majorevent on the calendar in many communities.Kenya Total Volunteers: 13,200 LEAD AGENCY: Kenya Youth FoundationGYSD 2005 celebrations in Kenya were organized and implemented by the Kenya Youth Thomas OmondiFoundation, the Tabaka Artisans Centre, Salvage Youth Potential Development, URAFIKI(IRFF)-KENYA, and the Youth Centre Kenya. Through the multiple service projects of these P.O.Box 1894-00200 Nairobi, 00100organizations, over 13,200 young volunteers were mobilized around the country, affecting Tel: +254-020-550278hundreds of thousands of people. These projects included activities ranging from cleaning Fax: +254-2-4441809campaigns in hospitals, schools and the environment, tree planting, visitation to a children’s kyf73@hotmail.comcenter, and food distribution, to youth forums in conjunction with NACADA, and interactiveeducational workshops on nutrition, FGM, disease (HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria), drug abuse,and the integral role that youth can play as volunteers in their community to achieve theMillenum Development Goals (MDGs). The events were attended by many officials suchas, the Administrative Police Training College, local government administrations, theLocational Development Committee, the District Development Committee, the NGO Co-ordination Board, the National AIDS Coordination Board, the Street Families RehabilitationTrust, the City Council, Social Services, NACADA Officials, Gender, Environment andSustainable Development (GESD) the Children’s Department, provincial administrators,Area Counselors, MP, Church leaders, the Education Officer of the Ministry of Education inKenya, representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, community elders, and othercommunity based organizations. The major sponsors for the GYSD events include, TheCity Council, SYPD, Kenya Youth Foundation, NACADA, Kibera Community YouthProgram, unga group, ktn tv, and local communities. The celebration was covered by suchmedia outlets as KTN Media Group, Nation Radio aired and Public address Media. In thelong term, the organizations hope to enhance the spirit of volunteerism theydeveloped on GYSD 2005. Many have made new strategic partnerships to ensure thattheir goals are met in the future. The Commissioner of Scouts in Kenya was veryimpressed by the commitment of GYSD and has pledged future Scout involvement inservice projects, while the Ministry of Local Government through the SeniorChildren’s officer has also pledged partnership. In general, the public greatlyappreciated the efforts of the volunteers and the youth were actively engaged in theircommunities during GYSD 2005 and pledged to step up their participation in the future.32
  • 33. Kyrgyzstan Total Volunteers: 700 LEAD AGENCY: American Councils for International Education TynystanovaOn April 15-17, FLEX alumni, together with other youth organizations such as Lady Shirin Mary Shea(with the support of a DisneyHand Minnie Grant), clubs, environmental NGOs, Peace Corpsvolunteers, and local authorities, contributed their time and effort to the “Youth for a Clean d. 98 Bishkek Kyrgyzstan 720000and Healthy Environment” project. The alumni divided into groups and traveled to various Tel: +996-312-66-48-38towns and villages throughout Kyrgyzstan, where they cleaned up city streets. The event Fax:attracted much attention, and the alumni encouraged people to be attentive to the accels@elcat.kgenvironment and not litter. Over 700 volunteers participated in this event.Lebanon Total Volunteers: 6,400 LEAD AGENCY: Association for Volunteer ServicesThe Association for Volunteer Services, the National Lead Agency for GYSD in Lebanon for Dr. Patricia Nabtithe fifth consecutive year, coordinated GYSD Lebanon as a main pillar of its programs topromote, facilitate, and improve volunteering and community service throughout the country. P.O. Box 136104 Beirut, 2039-4232The primary funders of the program were AVS and its grantor, the European Union. Also Tel: +961-1-797247Lebanese actress Mirielle Panosian, artist Bassam Dachache and Dr. Badreddine, mayor of Fax: +961-1-797247Nabatiyyi, participated and encouraged youth through their visitations and support. Over youth volunteers participated in 84 projects. Some projects were held in their owncommunities and neighborhoods, while some youth groups crossed significant geographical, religious, and social barriers in doing their projects. One example of the latter was when a Muslim Scout group from a predominantly Muslim part of Lebanon went to a predominantly Christian part at least an hour north and cleaned the area around a church. Other GYSD projects in Lebanon included taking care of orphans, children with special needs and in hospitals; planting campaigns; beautification; cleaning of playgrounds and public gardens; visiting of elderly homes, entertaining theelderly, and offering them hospitality services. Other projects included awarenesscampaigns and workshops. Lebanon also celebrated Global Youth Service Days by sendingsix youth to France (four Lebanese and two Palestinians) to participate in the World Tour deFrance, a program bringing one hundred youth from 40 countries around the world togetherto share ideas on how best to promote youth volunteering. AVS held a GYSD recognitionceremony on May 14. Four special performances during GYSD were reenacted at theceremony. There was an exhibition of project posters prepared by the youth groups. All ofthe 84 GSYD service projects were given certificates of recognition and appreciation.Awards were given to the ten best projects as well as to the celebrities and press thatsupported GYSD.33
  • 34. Liberia Total Volunteers: 20,000 LEAD AGENCY: IAVE LiberiaThe International Association Volunteer Effort in Liberia hosted projects that consisted of Alphonso KromaHuman Rights Campaigns, a Stop Violence Campaign, football games, local communityclean-ups and HIV/AIDS Awareness. There were an estimated 20,000 volunteers that P.O. Box 3183 Monrovia, 3183participated in activities in four counties. Amongst the many projects there were a number Tel: +231-227602of highlights. In conjunction with sexual health awareness over 20,000 condoms were Fax: +231-227838distributed. Also about 10,000 youth participated in games headed by Youth United for mscorneh68@yahoo.comSustainable Development (YUSUD) in Bomi County. The Ministry of Youth and Sports andthe Good Governance Commission Chairperson were present at different activities whileletters from the Youth Representative and from the Business Communities were received. Apress conference was held to highlight the projects and there were other media reportsreleased in the Vanguard Newspaper and over the radio on Veritas, ELBC, DC 101 andcrystal stations. The organization also established long term goals for youth in Liberia. Amajor goal is to help establish a child development agency and to receive legislationsupporting this through the national legislature of Liberia. It also hopes to establishcomputer training programs for former child (both male and female) soldiers to learn how toutilize computers and the internet. Another major goal is to encourage the government tohave a youth representative in the House of Representatives. The Precision Do Foundationof Liberia also sponsored an event that focused on youth in peace and conflict education.GYSD celebrated diversity and the possibility of unity amongst citizens in the country. Themessage for the celebration was "Peaceful Co-Existence a recipe for nation building". Alive talk show about the GYSD celebration was featured on the United Nations Mission inLiberia (UNMIL) Radio Station. The work of this project influenced peoples negativeperception regarding youth within the years of conflict. Together with other youth groups,Precision-Do Foundation agreed to continue this project in other communities in and aroundMonrovia until National Elections in October 14, 2005.Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Total Volunteers: 500 LEAD AGENCY: Internacionalna Mreza za Obrazovanie i ResursiGYSD events in Macedonia provided a multitude of arts, environmental, and educational Mimoza Anastovska-based projects that greatly impacted local communities. The Multimedia Youth Association Jankulovskaand Peace Corps Macedonia with support by the DisneyHand Minnie Grant programsponsored "Youth in Vinica Promote Community Service through Public Art" beautification Milton Manaki 17 Bitola, 7000project which created a mural with 12 paintings in a local park in the municipality of Vinica. Tel: +389-47252524Over a four day period, 30 youth, 3 artists, and 5 senior citizens painted pictures depicting Fax: +389-47252524the solar system. This was preceded by preliminary short educative program of astronomy the solar system, including painting techniques practice. This mural project sparkedwidespread interest. 350 students from the capital city as well as 2000 onlookers came towatch the young artists work. Town officials and other authorities were impressed by the GYSD was the first occasion for the youth to meet the new Mayor of Vinica. Thismeeting also encouraged youth to share their ideas and initiatives for future projects in thecity. It was also the first opportunity for youth in the community to design and implement acommunity service project. The mural has had a major impact on the community and itallowed city officials to think about more beautification projects. The event was also coveredby the media through the local television station TVV and Dnevnik Newspaper. The PijanecGlas organization brought together over 200 youth to participate in a poetry educationfocusing on the importance of literacy and learning. The event was sponsored by the SorosNGO Support Center and the Granit Construction Company. There were 500 bookletsprinted for the purposes of distribution to the participants, important figures in the communityas well as future donors and contacts. The local television station attended the poetryreading and it was played on the panorama of city events throughout the week.34
  • 35. Malawi Total Volunteers: 600 LEAD AGENCY: Young Advocates for the Advancement of ICT- related DevelopmentThe Young Advocates for the Advancement of ICT-related Development (Y.A.A.ICT-D) Kenneth Harry Msiskaspearheaded the GYSD 2005 events, as the NLA in Malawi by involving hundreds of youthvolunteers in 8 different projects. The activities marking the celebrations, included self-help C/O P.O BOX 658 Mzuzu, Northern Regionprojects, street cleaning exercises, fundraising, workshops on volunteerism, and the role of Tel: +265-08501622youth in the information society. Many influential individuals sponsored and participated in Fax: +265-1334999various activities including, His Excellency Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, President of the kennethmsiska@yahoo.comRepublic of Malawi, Honorable Ken Lipenga, M.P. Minister of Information Communicationsand Tourism, Professor David Rubadiri, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malawi,Professor Jeff Kamwanja, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malawi, Miss JanetKayuni, the Chairperson, National Youth Council of Malawi, Mr. Alex Mseka, ExecutiveDirector, National Youth Council of Malawi, Mr. Evans Namanja, Director General, MalawiCommunications Regulatory Authority, Mr. Yusuf Alide, Principal, Malawi Polytechnic, andMr. Dereck Lakudzala, Senior Partner, BUMAS International. The other major sponsors forthe projects were NICO Technologies, CELTEL Malawi, and The MalawiTelecommunications Limited (MTL). It must be noted that the day has not been fullyaccepted by the majority of young people in Malawi, but it is hoped that the situation isgoing to change for the better in the coming years, especially in 2006 when planning willbegin further in advance so that more young people are able to participate. It is also hopedthat in the future the perception of youth will continue to change for the better as youthservice activities gain momentum.Malaysia Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: YES (Malaysia), YouthBandeGYSD organizers planned workshops related to youth employment and sustainable Shireen Fernandeslivelihoods. No 2, Lorong Endah Kuala LumpurFinal Report not available at the time of printing Sentul Pasar 51000 Tel: +6012-227-8525 Fax: shireengirl@yahoo.comMauritius Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: Internet Society Chapter of MauritiusThe Internet Society Chapter of Mauritius planned to train young people in information Dewandranathtechnology as part of the GYSD celebrations. KissoondoyalFinal Report not available at time of printing. Units 209-214 Informatics Parks La Tour Koenig, Pointe Aux Sables Tel: +230 2346999 Fax: +230 2346888
  • 36. Mexico Total Volunteers: 32,000 LEAD AGENCY: Programa Jovenes Jovenes de DIF Nuevo LeonIn Mexico, the GYSD celebrations were spearheaded by DIF NL, with the support of Juan Antonio Contrerasseveral youth organizations including GYAN Mexico, mobilizing over 32,000 youth Melinvolunteers. Activities included workshops in Mexico City, the beautification of 15 publicparks, planting of 500 trees, a massive concert celebrating youth volunteerism, visits to Av. Morones Prieto No. 600 ote. Col. Independenciachildren homes, recycling campaigns, and a youth volunteer congress, among others. As Monterrey, Nuevo Leon 64720part of the long term results, the GYSD organizers were able to establish linkages Tel: +(52) 81-2020-8400with 28 youth organizations across the country, and designed a network strategy Fax: +(52) 81-2020-8465for volunteer activities. Youth organizations also decided to organize ecological dif_integracion@starmedia.comcampaigns in their communities in the upcoming months., Republic of Total Volunteers: 800 LEAD AGENCY: Center for Assistance and Information of Young EconomistsDuring the GYSD celebrations in the Republic of Moldova almost 800 volunteers Eugeniu Graurparticipated in several projects in local communities. Organizations that plannedactivities included Service For Peace Moldova and the Parent and Teacher 32 Dostoievschi Balti, md-3112Association of Cioburciu. The activities took place in several local communities Tel: +37325962210and were geared towards environmental sustainability. The projects Fax: +37323122579encompassed cleaning up campaigns, the planting of 1000 trees and 30 rose geugenius@yahoo.combushes and training school children about environmental awareness. With thehelp of a DisneyHand Minnie Grant, Moldova organizers were able to print to teach young people about environmental problems specificallyfacing Moldova, and ways to prevent them. In another community, young peoplelearned aboutsustainability by organizinga play for their peers. Thecoordinator of this project wasinterviewed on national radio. Thecelebrations hosted city officials,and representatives of theMinistry of Ecology, whichdonated 700 trees and sponsoredsome of the activities. As a result ofGYSD, a tri-annual clean-uphas been established in one localcommunity. In another community, the Mayor’s office has committed to ensurethat garbage is collected in a sustainable way as a result of the GYSD clean-upcampaign. Twelve alumni of the Future Leaders Exchange program,administered by American Councils, participated in a training of trainers event ondemocracy building. Active alumni in Moldova now plan to organize similartrainings on democracy issues for young people in the regions of Balti, Soroca,Ungheni, Cahul, and Comrat.36
  • 37. Mongolia Total Volunteers: 2,370 LEAD AGENCY: Service For Peace- MongoliaGYSD 2005 Mongolia celebrations were led by Service For Peace Mongolia. A total of 2370 Ochirbat Erdenebulganvolunteers and about 100 organizations participated in the celebrations, includinggovernmental, local businesses, service organizations and high schools. The project Suite #106 Building #14 Ulaanbaatar, Khan-Uulentailed cleaning up 177,826 sq. meters of field, and as a result 187.5 cubic meters of trash District 210648were loaded and thrown away. More than 500 herder families who were in under dire Tel: +97699269396circumstances due to a harsh winter received in-kind donations that volunteers had Fax: +97611345649collected and distributed to them with the support of the Capitals Education Authority. At the mn_bulgaa@yahoo.comopening ceremony of GYSD, a representative from the governor of Sukhbaatar District gavethe opening speech, and three government officials were present. The Governor’s office the Department of City Planning also provided logistical and technical support to theactivities. Coca Cola donated 500 bottles of Coca Cola and plastic bags for collecting trashwere donated as well. The activities were covered in four newspapers, three radio stationsand three television stations. The long term results include study workshops forvolunteers and two high schools are looking to incorporate a service learningprogram into the curriculum.Morocco Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: Peace Corps/MoroccoGYSD organizers planned clean up activities and capacity building workshops. Mhamed El KadiFinal Report not available at the time of printing 2 Rue Abou Marouane Essaadi Agdal, Rabat 10100 Tel: +21237686980 Fax: +21237683799 TotalNamibia Volunteers: LEAD National Youth Council of AGENCY: NamibiaThe National Youth Council of Namibia planned a series of activities to coincide with Samuel Aochamubthe General Assembly which was to take place in the spring of 2005. P.O. Box 60956 Windhoek, 9000Final Repot not available at the time of printing Tel: +264-61-248218 Fax: +264-61-248322
  • 38. Nepal Total Volunteers: 400 LEAD AGENCY: Youth InitiativeService For Peace Nepal in cooperation with Youth Volunteer Association for Himalayan Rajendra MulmiChildren (YVAHC Nepal) organized 2005 Global Youth Service Day at UdayakharkhaSecondary School on 15th April 2005 with about 400 participants. The celebrations were GPO 8973, NPC 430 Kathmandufunded by YVAHC Nepal, Service For Peace Nepal and Nepal Medical College. The Tel: +977-1-4488 300celebrations were managed by the volunteers of Service For Peace and 3 parallel Fax: +977-1-4488 300programs were executed. Free Health Check service was provided by a group of medical and as a result approximately 300 villagers and school children received healthcheck service with free medicine. In addition, volunteers were mobilized to clean up aschool area, and paint the class rooms of the school. A total 400 people participated in celebrations. The projects were highlighted in Himalaya Times Daily. At the openingceremony, the Headmaster of Udaykharkha Secondary School, the President of ServiceFor Peace Nepal and Mr. Ek Nath Dhakal, President of YVAHC Nepal all gave speeches.The Hon. Ram Hari Joshy, the former Minister of Education inaugurated the service dayby lighting a lamp. In order to continue the project, the coordinators have approachedlocal NGOs to expand and further the results of GYSD.Nicaragua Total Volunteers: 300 LEAD AGENCY: Coordinadora, Desarrollo de la Juventud de ChinandegaEven though the celebrations were limited by political instability, GYSD organizers in Dowglas GuevaraNicaragua were able to mobilize hundreds of youth volunteers on April 16-18. Activitiesincluded a donation drive, visits to elderly and disabled homes and a volunteer project 3o piso alcaldia de Chinandegafocusing on sustainable development, which will benefit poor communities in Chinandega. Chinandega, 505Youth volunteers also visited rural areas, promoting community development projects Tel: +505-625-2955/341-221including youth participation. Fax: +505-341-2211 jovenes@yahoo.comNiger Total Volunteers: 3,150 LEAD AGENCY: Association Nigerienne des Scouts de LEnvironment (ANSEN)As the NLA of Niger, Association Nigerienne Scouts de l’Environnement, in partnership with Fatimah Djibrillathe Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Education, the Nation Youth ServiceCommission, First City Hall, media agencies and other NGOs, organized the events of BP 2013, Communate Urbaine de Niamey 1808GYSD 2005. Together they mobilized 3,150 youth volunteers in activities such as, land Tel: +227-75-4963restoration, school cleaning/sanitation, educational sessions on desertification and Fax: +227-73-2784HIV/AIDS, a 150 km walk to protest desertification, and other projects that aimed to raise djibrilla_a@yahoo.comawareness on HIV/AIDS. The activities were a success and had great long term results,including, new agricultural land, cleaner learning facilities for thousands of students,and heightened awareness about GYSD and youth volunteerism that motivated arenewed commitment to making a sustainable difference in Niger.38
  • 39. Nigeria Total Volunteers: 5,000 LEAD AGENCY: Agenda for Community Development (AFCODE)In Nigeria over 5,000 youth volunteers between the age of 15 and 35 were mobilized in the Olaitan Ibiyemidifferent states during GYSD 2005. Twenty schools and fifteen youth groups and ten faith-based organizations planned and implemented 25 service projects between April 14 and Suite 19, Ibukun Oluwa Plaza, Taju Bello B/StopMay 10. Organizations that took part included Agenda for Community Development Iju-Ishaga, Lagos 234(AFCODE) People to People International Lagos, Unite For Sight Nigeria, RealFriends Tel: +234-8037216246Nigeria, Humanpath, Amigo Youth Forum Okoko Item, Ikwerii Youth Development Fax:international, Itungwa Youth Association, Inri Widows Foundation Ability for Disabled. afcode@yahoo.comDuring GYSD, a BTC Seminar was organized for over 2,500 young people. Other activitiesthroughout the different states included mural paintings, clean-up activities, donations to Co-Lead Agency:orphanages, field-trips to rural areas, and in Engu state an annual charity week was People To Peoplelaunched. Amigo Youth Forum was able to adapt GYSD materials to their youth International - Lagosempowerement activities. GYSD celebrations in Nigeria were supported by various Rahman Mogajsponsors such as LinkPoint International Resources Ltd, LYDIN Limited and SURAM 3, Salako StreetInternational. In most cases the state and local governments contributed as well. In Engu Lagos 23401state the celebrations were attended by the Commisioner for Youths and Sports of Enugu Tel: +234 (1) 8136921,State, His Royal Highness Chief Lawrence Aroh, His Royal Highness Chief Christian Eze ptplagos@yahoo.comand other chiefs and royals. Also, the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress sent a of support for the GYSD celebrations. The respective GYSD projects were covered byvarious local and national media such as Guardian Newspaper MiTV, NTA 10, Galaxy TV,Turning Point Newspaper (COMET)and MiTV and NTA10, the EuroAfricaCentral Magazineand Youth Nigeria Magazine.Pakistan Total Volunteers: 1,000 LEAD AGENCY: Youth Alliance For Human RightsFor GYSD 2005 in Pakistan the Citizen Committee for Human Welfare (CCHW) organized a Rana Bilal Ahmadplantation campaign and planted 2,000 saplings at Dabaroo Mountain. The organizationalso raised awareness in the community regarding plantation, distributed printed materials 1, Main Road, shamnagar, chouburjiabout GYSD, and organized a conference of youth who were informed about the Lahore Cantt, Punjab, Punjabimportance of the plantation and were urged to contribute towards tree plantation in the 54000mountainous Dir area. The speakers urged the youth to shun unhealthy and negative Tel: +92-303-6414136activities and putting in their energy into making the country prosperous. The CCHW Fax: +92-42-6652321Chairman was present and organized the information session with advocate Shahid Abbas. yafhr@hotmail.comIt is hoped that in the future youth will be more motivated to help the environment and stayaway from bad influences in their daily lives. Furthermore, iEARN Pakistan organized BRIDGE students for a six- week project as part of iEARNs Youth and Volunteering and Community Service Program. The Cardinal School was responsible for organizing and coordinating 200 youths from nine different schools who volunteered for GYSD projects. Other schools joined GYSD including The Cardinal School Lahore Junior and Senior Campuses, SOSSchool, City District Government Mochi Gate School and Alif Laila Book Bus Society. Eachparticipating school gave a presentation on their service activity to students. Activitiesincluded a visit to a childrens hospital and cleaning up debris and garbage for theenvironment. The program culminated in a recognition ceremony held on April 18th. iEARNPakistan gave participating schools and youth shields commending them on theircommunity service for GYSD.39
  • 40. Palestinan Territory Total Volunteers: 448 LEAD AGENCY: Relief International- Schools OnlineIn the Palestinian Territories, Relief International - Schools Online engaged 448 youth Basia Urbanbetween the age 14 and 16 from five schools to participate in GYSD. Twelve projects wereimplemented between the 15th and the 30th of April 2005. The projects entailed clean-up Ziadeh Commercial Center Ramallah, West Bank,activities, planting trees, and visiting organizations that take care of children and people Tel: +972-59-278-472with special needs. As a result of the projects, 90 Cedar trees and a large number of Fax:flowers were planted all over the cities of Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron. In addition, alexis@schoolsonline.orgmany walls were cleaned up and painted. The Mayors of Hebron and Albireh weresupportive of the projects and the municipality of Hebron donated all the paints needed forthe cleaning and painting of the towns. Television station Voice of Palestine and the localHebron TV station” Hebron TV” covered the GYSD projects and interviewed the studentswho were involved. In addition, three newspapers “Alquds”, “Alayam”, and “AlhayaAljadidah” covered the GYSD activities. In the summer, RI-SOL plans to expand similarprojects to additional schools to keep youth engaged.Panama Total Volunteers: 200 LEAD AGENCY: Fundacuna/PROMESAGYSD celebrations in Panama were led by Fundacuna/Promesa, with the support of the Dacil Acevedo RiquelmeLions Club of Panama. The celebrations were kick-started by an event hosted by the FirstLady of Panama, and the Ministry of Youth, including 200 participants working on youth Panama City, 5 Tel: +507-265-4401volunteerism across the country. As part of the celebrations, there was a presentation of the Fax: +507-223-4957publication Volunteer Service in Panama: Tools for Innovations in Youth Volunteer Service dacil1@cableonda.netPolicy, which evaluates the impact of GYSD in Panama. Further activities targeteddisadvantaged youth, such as workshops, recreational and sport activities, visits tohospitals, among others. As part of the long term effects, a national program forvolunteerism was launched by the Ministry of Youth, working transversally in allareas of volunteerism, focusing on intergenerational linkages.Paraguay Total Volunteers: 300 LEAD AGENCY: ProJOVEN (ForYOUTH)This year, Paraguay celebrated Earth Day and GYSD together with an event held at the Maureen HermanBotanical Gardens in Asuncion. For the past several years, groups of Peace CorpsVolunteers have come together to organize one-day Earth Day events for youth from Sicilia 468 c/14 de Mayo Tel: +595-21-452-210,around the country. For the first time this year, the Red Ribereña de Jóvenes, a network of Fax:youth organizations in Asuncion, took charge. In addition, network members invited the projoven@att.netsupport of the municipality, the non-profit organization ProJOVEN, which forms part of theRed Ribereña network, and Urban Youth PCVs working with the different youth groups. Intotal, 110 young people participated in a day of workshops focusing on trees and preventing Gabriela Ratti of the World Wildlife Fund spoke about their campaign to savethe Atlantic Rainforest in Alto Parana. Volunteers from Guyra Paraguay, the local face ofBirdlife International, spoke about deforestation and its effects on birds. Liz Zenker, theInformation and Communication Technology Volunteer Coordinator from Peace Corps alsoprepared an interactive presentation of a children’s story about deforestation. In addition,participants learned about tree identification, planting and caring for trees, and composting.At the end of the day, each youth group received twelve native baby trees to be planted intheir neighborhoods. Maureen Herman, the Executive Director of ProJOVEN, addressed theyouth about the meaning and importance of Volunteer Service for young people and itsimpact on community growth. The personal benefits of volunteer service were alsodiscussed, and many participants expressed interest in becoming more active as volunteersin their communities. Organization of Earth Day took place during many meetings ofrepresentatives of the six member organizations of the Network. During the openingceremony, their work as volunteers in their communities, as well as the work of the youthvolunteers who facilitated the workshops, was recognized.40
  • 41. Peru Total Volunteers: 1,000 LEAD AGENCY: Brigada De Voluntarios Bolivarianos Del PeruIn Peru, GYSD 2005 was led by the Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Perú, and Juan Galianosupport of Red NAVAR, mobilizing over a thousand young volunteers. The celebrationsincluded a Volunteer Day at children homes, musical festivals, art displays, clean ups and Jr. Lucanas No. 332 - A Lima, Peru Perucapacity building workshops. Red NAVAR organized a conference to share experiences Tel: +511-328-5143among volunteer organizations, which included workshops on profesionalizing civil society Fax: +511-328-5143and the exchange of best practices.The organizers were able to create linkages with GYSD juanbvbp@viabcp.comorganizers in Bolivia and Uruguay, and included service-learning curriculum in schools inLimaPhilippines Total Volunteers: 7,000 LEAD AGENCY: Tinig Kabataan (Voice Of The Youth Network)In the Philippines Voice of the Youth Network organized a Clean Up Drive for Hinulugang Pocholo GonzalesTaktak Waterfalls in Antipolo City. Four hundred kilos of garbage was removed from theupstream section of the waterfalls. VOTY Network also organized the Career Avenue 64 N. Perez St., Pansol, Quezon City, 1108Conference and Expo held at the Philippine International Convention Center Pasay City in Tel: +63-917-9602413cooperation with Next Step Events Planner. A thousand young people attended the event, Fax: +-7.36684e+006at which the premier and renowned motivational speakers of the country spoke. The Next votymedia@gmail.comStep Events Planner also produced and sponsored the premier youth event of the year,Youth Power 2005 Conference and Expo Held at the World Trade Center in Pasay Citywhere VOTY members and volunteers participated in a two-day youth empowermentseminar. 7000 young people participated in Youth Power. The media covered CareerAvenue on by GMA 7 TV and RPN 9 TV covered Clean Up Hinulugang Taktak. ManilaBulletin News Broadsheet covered for youth power. Senator Manny Villar, Senator RichardGordon and the National youth Commission Commissioner Marc Castrodes spoke at theevents. Also, Service For Peace Philippines organized Health Care Through TeachingProper Hygiene and Circumcision for the Aeta people, indigenous people of the Phillipines.Volunteers educated other young people on personal hygiene. In addition 400 pieces ofbread and 80 toothbrushes were distributed. Doctors of the University of Perpetual Help,Delta System were present at the event and Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of NationalCommission for Indigenous People (NCIP) for the Province of Pampanga Lydia Sunggudexpressed her support for the activities.Portugal Total Volunteers: 100 LEAD AGENCY: Fundação da JuventudeIn Portugal GYSD activities were led by Fundacao da Paula CardosoJuventude, in partnership with other NGOs such as the RedCross, and centered around the importance of volunteerism and Rua das Flores, 69 4050-265civic-learning. They included workshops, and artistic events, Tel: +351-22-339-35-41which allowed young people to express their feelings about Fax: +351-22-339-35-44getting engaged in their community.
  • 42. Romania Total Volunteers: 1,400 LEAD AGENCY: Leaders RomaniaThe LEADERS Romania Foundation, in partnership with the National Coordinating Iona DraganCommittee (AIESEC, ASER, ELSA Bucharest, SiSC, VIP Romania and the Octavian GogaSecondary School), engaged youth volunteers in over 12 districts around the country. Some Str. Popa Tatu nr. 3 Apt.8 Bucharest, Sector 1of their projects included trainings on project management and presentation skills for Tel: +40-1-310-0249volunteers, workshops, teambuilding sessions, conference, panels, outdoor activities Fax: +40-1-310-0249(teambuilding, cycling contest), awards session, launching publications about volunteers, leaders@pcnet.rolaunching of The Info Youth Center, local Information sessions on solving problems that areencountered by Youth NGOs, debates concerning youth problems, and brochures weredistributed all over the country to increase the awareness of civil society, academic and sector of volunteering activities. LEADERS Romania has also launched a portal( to offer a framework for GYSD participants, organizers and NGOs inRomania to communicate and share experiences and knowledge. There were dozens ofelected officials present for the events in all of the cities. Some of the most prominentinclude, Mr. Neculai Ontanu, the Mayor of the 2nd District of Bucharest, The Mayor of theBaia Mare town, Mrs. Monica Anita, MKT specialist, TNT, Mrs. Oana Balescu, Marketing &PR Manager, CARIERE, AIESEC Romania, ASER, ELSA Bucharest, VIP Romania andmany representatives from othe organizations involved. Some of the sponsors includeDisneyHand, Town Hall of the 2nd District of Bucharest, Connex, TNT, GoPrint, Stihl,Trafigura, RDS, The National Institute of Administration, CEPECOM, Quadrant AmroqBeverages S.A. (Pepsi), Amaltea, Tip Top and many, many more. The events werecovered by over 12 magazines and newspapers, 6 TV stations, 4 radio stations and 3different websites, and were translated into Romanian, English and Hungarian. The newlycreated website received 6,538 hits in April alone, out of interest in GYSD 2005. Theorganizers are also seeking to develop best practices in other educational systemsand generate initiatives to continue year-round youth service activities.Russian Federation Total Volunteers: 587,000 LEAD AGENCY: Russian Volunteer Development Center of IAVE (MCH/VC)The Russian National Lead Agencies, Russian Galina BodrenkovaDevelopment Volunteer Center and Constructive Approachand Sozidanie Foundation, mobilized over half a million Koroleva str, 9-5-89 Moscow, 129515volunteers (75% youth) in some 4,800 projects in 42 Tel: +7 (095) 292-9127regions across the country, benefiting a total of 800,000 Fax: +7 (095) 292-5312people. GYSD in Russia was included in the framework of gbodrenkova@yandex.ruSpring Volunteer Week, and the “Russia’s Volunteer Sectorfor the MDGs” initiative. The projects included activities Co-Lead Agency:ranging from charitable concerts, performances, sportsevents, awards ceremonies, press conferences and Sozidaniecompetitions to exhibitions, volunteer fairs, round tables, seminars, street actions, medicine, Elena Zakharova Perunovskiy pereulok 4/10-18clothes, food and toy drives and blood donations. For example, in the Kemerovo area, 130 Moscow, 103030thousand young volunteers from 77 schools aged 16 to 20, were able to participate actively Tel: +7(095) 2912004in such activities. There were many notable officials present such as a representative of the Fax: +7(095) 2912004President of Russia, the deputy Minister on affairs of youth of Republic Tatarstan, the sozidanie@co.ruGovernor of Tver area, a state official from the Volgograd area, the Minister of Labor and development of the Samara area, as well as mayors of cities and heads ofAdministration. More than 200 organizations and enterprises served as sponsors for GYSD2005 such as, the Lawyer Bureau, Gorodisskiy and partners, RIA News, oil companiesRUSAL and RITEK, as well as more than 800 individual businessmen. The events carriedout by the GYSD organizers were covered extensively by various media outlets including,more than 100 newspapers (including 30 publications in the Samara area, 58 publications inTatarstan, 20 publications about participation of socially active schools), 15 radioannouncements, more than 40 T.V. channels prepared pieces on GYSD, and over 10websites carried information on the activities. Long term results include newcollaborations with participating agencies in other countries, such as TakingItGlobalin Canada, AFEV in France, and the American Councils for International Education.42
  • 43. Rwanda Total Volunteers: 25 LEAD AGENCY: Rwanda Active Youth in TechnologyGYSD 2005 organizers in Rwanda mobilized 25 young people to work on environmental Abdul Byukusengeissues and to discuss the future goals of development for their country. One hundred treeswere planted and led to a discussion on the importance of the environment in Rwanda. P.O. Box 4130 KIGALI Tel: +250 08512700They also held a forum to discuss where the state of Rwanda’s development stood and Fax: +250 502494made goals for the future including actions that can be taken to help this process. Rwanda onabdul@gmail.comActive Youth in Technology participated as well as the Nibyiza Group. Rwanda IslamicMedia covered the event. Lucia Total Volunteers: 150 LEAD AGENCY: Department of Youth and SportsFor GYSD 2005 in St. Lucia, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network mobilized 150 Marcia Doloryouth volunteers between the ages of 14 and 16 in 3 projects including mural painting,cleaning, and a musical approach to environmental awareness. Close to 1000 people Olympia House Castnesbenefited from the service projects. The Ministry of the Environment and The Ministry of Tel: +758-4546283Education were present and the events were sponsored by the Garden of Rose, AF Fax: +758-454628Valmont, and Paint Plus. In the long term, the murals will always serve as a reminder to cyenstlucia@lycos.comthe students the environment is important and keeping it clean must be a priority. Theparticipating schools and organizations plan to continue spreading their service activitiesthroughout the country.Senegal Total Volunteers: 4,000 LEAD AGENCY: Association des Jeunes Pour le DeveloppementSoccer4life Christian Sports Ministry and Association des Jeunes pour le Développement Ahmadou Kane(AJD) mobilized close to 4,000 youth volunteers in Senegal. The projects included a sportsoutreach program for street children, the distribution of 1,600 food items to the poor, a tree Parcelles Assaines Unite 10 No. 143planting campaign, educational workshops on HIV/AIDS and the dangers of smoking Dakartobacco. The activities reached thousands and heightened the awareness of many Tel: +221-877-8798communities. There were no official sponsors for the events, although small donations were Fax: +221-893-7049made by the Ministry of Health, local schools, churches and individuals. Some activities ajdpasteef@hotmail.comwere covered by local radio stations and local administrative officials were present alongwith church leaders, parents and the Minister of Youth and Sports. GYSD had quite a longterm impact including the launch of a new organization called Chantier Internationaleto unite youth committed to service, from all different countries and nationalities, andorganize cultural exchanges. This will allow the continuation of the activities of GYSDon a larger scale. The volunteers all felt a sense of satisfaction and a new motivationbased on their successful service activities, and pledged to continue to make adifference in the future.43
  • 44. Saint Kitts and Nevis Total Volunteers: 30 LEAD AGENCY: Peace Corps/St. Kitts and NevisThe US Peace Corps mobilized 30 volunteers to hold a two-day Can Food/Non-perishable Princess Betheafood donation drive to benefit the local Salvation Army. The Salvation Army services theFederation of Saint Kitts & Nevis. Nearly 200 donated food items, financial donations, and Department of Youth Tel: +869 465-2521clothes were taken to the local Salvation Army. The volunteers collected food and monetary aghanley@hotmail.comdonations as well. The activities were covered by media outlets such the Sun News, WINNFM, ZIZ Radio and Television Coverage, VON Radio. The elected officials present wereMinister Sam Condor (Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Youth, CommunityDevelopment, and Social and Gender Affairs). The sponsors included the Ministry ofEducation, Youth, Community and Social Development; Peace Corps St. Kitts & Nevis, &Carib Crafts & Graphics, Inc. and residents of the Bird Rock community. Students saw thepositive outcome of their volunteer efforts and felt a sense of accomplishment and alsorequested to do more service projects in the future and with other organizations.Seychelles Total Volunteers: 300 LEAD AGENCY: WildLife Clubs of Seychelles,WildLife Clubs of Seychelles involved 300 volunteers in 10 projects for GYSD 2005 in Nirmal ShahSeychelles. The projects included, removing solid waste from school yards and communityareas, the establishment of medicinal plant gardens, removal of invasive alien species on Centre for Environment and Education, Maheislands, field trips to national parks and reserves, training workshops for young Club Tel: +248 601100leaders, contribution to the WildLife Clubs magazine, rally for wildlife in the capital city, Fax: +248 601102variety shows, nature activities at the Roche Caiman Reserve, a recycling workshop and the wildlife@email.sclaunch of Stream Teams. The major sponsors for these events were Nature Seychelles,Public Utilities Corporation, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Environment, and theEnvironment Trust Fund. The media covered the events in 5 TV news items, 7 radio items 7 newspaper articles, and elected officials were present including the Minister ofEnvironment, the Minister of Education and the Chairman of LUNGOS (national umbrellaorganization of NGOs). Some of the long term results of GYSD 2005 in Seychellesinclude heightened awareness about youth volunteerism, a new unity among youthvolunteers, and exposure for the valiant efforts of young and effective volunteers.44
  • 45. Sierra Leone Total Volunteers: 3,000 LEAD AGENCY: Independent Youth ForumThe Independent Youth Forum (IYF) in Sierra Leone mobilized over 3,000 volunteers from John Paul Baidozens of youth organizations throughout the country in 13 major service projects. Theprojects included extensive cleaning campaigns, gardening, awareness raising, symposia, 1 Richard Street Freetownworkshops, conferences, masquerades, awards ceremonies, trainings, panel discussions on Tel: +232-22-241-781the environment decentralization process, and sport activities. In the Western Area, in Fax: +232-22-224-439collaboration with the National Committee of 25 Organizations, IYF chose the theme ‘Youth, john.iyf@hotvoice.comLocal Administration and Volunteerism: necessary ingredient for the development of SierraLeone’. A one-day workshop was organized inviting ten secondary schools to discuss thedecentralization process, volunteerism, participation and the Millennium DevelopmentGoals. Many elected officials were present for the GYSD events, including VSO CountryDirector, Madam Theresa Mellon, Decentralization Coordinator, Mr. Emanuel A.R Gaima,Student Partnerships Worldwide, Mr. Sebastian Barraud, Makeni and Town CouncilChairman, Mr. Musa Mansaray. Major country sponsors included VSO Country Office,Makeni Town Council, Decentralization Secretariat, Ministry of Youth and Sports and UNDPcapacity Building project. Media outlets covered the activities including, The Sierra LeoneBroadcasting Services-99.9, Radio UNAMSIL, 98.1 FM., and Community Radio –Kissy.GYSD events in Sierra Leone were a great success and had important long termresults, such as new partnerships between IYF, VSO and CARE International, andincreased long term support from The Ministry of Youth and Sports. A youth policywas formulated and is awaiting Parliament ratification, and IYF has initiated a newForum for Youth Service Agencies (FYSA) to mainstream development programs andobserve and help encourage positive inputs of youth organizations.Slovenia Total Volunteers: 1,500 LEAD AGENCY: Slovene Philanthropy - Association for Promotion of Voluntary WorkOver 1500 youth volunteers between the ages of 15 and 25 were mobilized in Slovenia Franci Zlatarduring GYSD 2005. Slovene Philanthropy and 69 NGOs, public institutions and schoolsplanned and carried out 27 events related to youth voluntary service between April 14 and Resljeva 30 100020. Among these organizations was the National Slovene Youth Council, which planned and Tel: +386-1-430-1288carried out the closing ceremony, named Naj Prostovoljec. 200 young volunteers from all Fax: +386-1-430-1298over the country attended 13 different workshops on different cross-cultural issues, as well info@sf-zdruzenje.sias a cycling tour, photo exhibitions, roundtable in 12 cities, and some dance and musicalperformances. There were many elected officials who participated in the week longfestivities such as the State Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Minister for Science andSports, Deputy Mayor of Ljubljana, and Inacio Bintchende, a celebrity and the president ofAfrican Society in Slovenia. The list of sponsors includes 10 Radio stations that broadcastedfree advertisements, , IMAGO, Fini Oglasi, (a web searcher), Mercator, the Ministryof Defense of the Republic of Slovenia, and Jubljanske Tranice. The events were coveredby extensive and diverse media outlets including radio stations (RTV Slovenija, RadioKoper/Capodistria, and Radio Trst a Slovene radio station in Trieste, Italy); TV stations(RTV Slovenija, Televizija Novo mesto and Kanal Murska Sobota); 2 national newspapers, 2regional newspapers, and 1 web searcher. The festival was a huge success and broughtgreat recognition to the efforts of youth volunteers through the extensive media coverage.The number of participating organizations was the largest in the history of GYSD inSlovenia, and Slovene Philanthropy only anticipates a greater participation in the years tocome.45
  • 46. Somalia Total Volunteers: 2,000 LEAD AGENCY: Somali Youth CouncilThe Somali Youth Council organized successful activities focusing on the prevention of Osman M. Moallimfemale genital mutilation, conflict prevention, and HIV/AIDS awareness. All the events tookplace throughout the country with the support of civil society organizations and companies P.O.Box 1283 Mogadishu, 2525such as Global Money Transfare, Nation Link Company, COGWO, Hormud Telecom, Tel: +252-1-215639/221540Telecom Somalia, IIDA, Capital FM, and CRD. Major support was also received from media Fax: +252-1-219631outlets such as FM radio (Benadir and Shabelle stations), and via newspaper coverage, Panaroma, Codka Xuriyada, Xog ogaal and Ayamaha). Many young people wereinvolved in a variety of actions and service projects such as a bicycle marathon throughMogadishu, a play raising awareness on all the three themes, and a football match inMogadishu. Furthermore, Friday religious lectures were given in all mosques of Merca citywhere the preachers focused on the three addressed themes. Also a number of forumsdiscussed the main themes in Mogadishu, Merca, and Baidaba. Although all the eventswere quite successful, the security situation did not allow the youth to demonstrate fully theirpotential and participation in the commemoration.South Africa Total Volunteers: 200 LEAD AGENCY: South African Scout Association MpumalangaGYSD 2005 in South Africa was led by Scouting Mpumalanga with the support Nikki Clarkand funding of DisneyHand. About 120 Scouts and their Scout groups from 1stSandzile, 1st Revival, 1st Tenteleni, and 1st Emtfuntini Scout groups took part in P.O. Box 425 White River 1240the activities, involving their churches and respective schools as well. Each of Tel: + 27 13 751 2410these Cub packs planted vegetable gardens which will support AIDS orphans, old pensioners, families with HIV/AIDS and will also supplement the school soup-kitchens. The Scouts invited close to 300 orphans from local orphanages andthousands of children from their local schools to take part in the GYSD 70 of the orphans received tinned food, soap and clothing which wascollected by the Scouts and donated to an orphanage. Their events included amusical performance by the drum majorettes, poetry reading, dancing by youngtraditional Zulu dancers a performance by a teenage drama group about rape andteen pregnancy, a candle lighting ceremony for the victims of AIDS, games andguest speakers. The Scouts invited many special guests to the celebrations suchas, Mrs. Mnisi from the Themba Hospital and Mrs. Nelly Nkosi from theDepartment of Health who both taught everyone ways to eat healthy and stayhealthy, Mr. H.R. Rana from the Department of Education, Mrs. MtShali from theHome Based Care project, and Principal Mrs. B.R. Mavuso, as well asrepresentatives from local churches. The most important long term results ofGYSD 2005 in South Africa were the renewed promises of the Scouts tocontinue their service to others throughout the years and the unity createdbetween orphans, school children and the Scouts to support each other andcontinue improving their country.46
  • 47. South Korea Total Volunteers: 5,820 LEAD AGENCY: Korea Youth Volunteer Center The GYSD celebrations in South Korea were organized by the Korea Youth Volunteer Jinwon Lee Center and National Association of Youth Volunteer Centers, and were able to mobilize 5,820 people including 188 Koreans and 5,632 Sri Lankans. The project consisted on #906, 142, Woomyeon-Dong- Ku dispatching Korea Youth Volunteer Groups to tsunami affected areas in Sri-Lanka from May Seocho, Seoul 7 to May 16, 2005. The 176 Dispatch Group Members from Korea did restoration activities 137-715 in the tsunami region which included art classes, music classes, and sports activities for Korea, Republic of (South) local youths. They also collected various items for donations, including clothes, sports Tel: 82-2-578-4104 equipment and stationary, among others. Some of these were directly delivered to tsunami Fax: 82-2-2188-8889 affected schools and refugee camps and the others were delivered through the regional Sri Lankan National Youth Services Council (NYSC). These activities were covered by media outlets such as the Kookje Daily News and Busanilbo (Korea) and Matara City and Daily Matara Newspaper (Sri Lanka) as well as TV stations including the Korea Broadcasting System. Sponsors for these events included the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sri Lankan Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, and Sri Lankan NYSC. Some of the positive outcomes of these activities include a chance for youth to diversify and interact with others. It also provided Korean youngsters with the opportunity to learn how to contribute to the global community and to develop global leadership among young people.Sri Lanka Total Volunteers: 50,000 LEAD AGENCY: Sri Lanka-United Nations Friendship OrganisationSUNFO (Sri Lanka-United Nations Friendship Organization) mobilized over 50,000 young Deshapriya Wijetungepeople in Sri Lanka. Their activities ranged from cleaning community libraries, preparingtraditional sports festivals, musical and cultural competitions, hospital services, tree planting 658/83,Mahawila Gardens, Colombo 9, 9campaigns, special programs for tsunami victims, religious schooling at multiple Tel: +94 11 2688606denominations, community education and working with prison youth. Community radio Fax: +94 11 2692960stations covered the events and the closing ceremony was shown on Independent unfriends@sltnet.lkTelevision Network. Government Agents, Divisional secretaries, health officials, educational officials, city mayors and other officials participated in the day. The in-kind valueof these services is estimated at US $120,000. Co-Lead Agency: Dambadeniya Development Foundation Sunil Rodrigo 306,Negombo Road,NArammala, North Western, Tel: +9.43722e+010 Fax: +9.43722e+010 ddfit@sltnet.lk47
  • 48. Swaziland Total Volunteers: 190 LEAD AGENCY: Youth Employment Summit - SwazilandFor GYSD 2005, the Swaziland Youth Employment Summit mobilized 190 youth volunteers Samkeliso Simelanein projects such as visits to orphanages, vulnerable children homes and old age homes toassess their needs and donate gifts including clothing and toys. A group ploughed land in P.O.Box 869 Manzini m200the south and others held a talk show where they spoke about the important role youth can Tel: +268 6135444play in development. Some chief organizers from other regions attended the screening. The Fax:main objective of GYSD 2005 in Swaziland was to promote youth service activities in the yes_swaziland@yahoo.commedia to make society aware that young people are working for community development.To celebrate the success of the projects YES Swaziland had a celebration and adance. Some of the long term effects include improved lives of those in need and anew commitment to youth service and to raise awareness about youth anddevelopment in the future.Sweden Total Volunteers: 500 LEAD AGENCY: ECPAT SwedenECPAT Sweden through ECPAT International has launched a global campaign: the Make- Sandra AtlerIT-Safe Campaign, which makes information technology (IT) safe for children and youngpeople everywhere. The goal is to get the IT industry and governments to take responsibility Nybrokajen 7, 3 TR Stockholm, 11148for making online and interactive technologies safe for young people. The Make-IT-SAFE Tel: +46-8-611-9934campaign unites children’s groups in 67 countries led by ECPAT International and Fax: +46-8-611-3499Children’s Charities Coalition for Internet Safety. GYSD 2005 in Sweden marked the official sandra@ecpatsweden.orglaunch of the Make-IT-SAFE campaign, which was held on the 18th of April. The youthgroup is committed to adding a global dimension to the campaign through a peer-learningapproach, demonstrating young people’s ability to make a difference. Members were shown http://www.ecpatsweden.orghow to sign on to the global petition and spread the petition to their connections and themembers are now integrating the Make-IT-SAFE campaign into their activities of safetyonline. The youth group committed to encouraging all youth that they meet in their outreachwork, to sign up, inform about the campaign and discuss the global dimensions of theproblems. ECPAT Sweden sent out a press release on the particular day regarding thecampaign and work, and two youth representatives wrote three articles (the article alsohighlighted GYSD) that were sent to some major Swedish youth websites as well as youthmagazines. The information was also spread to the 20 member organizations of ECPATSweden so they could send the information on to their members. The efforts of EPCATSweden will affect innumerable people in the future with safer IT. They plan to continueworking on the theme “Safety Online” during all of 2005 and encourage all youngpeople around the world to sign the petition and find out more facts in their owncommunity about how young people are being exploited via Internet.48
  • 49. Taiwan Total Volunteers: 17,000 LEAD AGENCY: National Youth Commission, TaiwanGYSD 2005 projects in Taiwan were implemented by the National Youth Commission, with Chih-Chung Chothe support of Service For Peace Taiwan, PlanetKIDS Club, Taipei Da-Li Elementary Schooland Tzu Chi Buddhist Association. The projects mobilized over 17,000 youth volunteers in F14, No 5,Hsu-Chow Rd, 13th Floorover 1,000 service projects including community cleaning campaigns, reading to children, a Taipei, 100musical performance, 2 press conferences celebrating youth volunteerism, a visit to the Tel: +886-2-2356-6243Recycling Storage House of the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation to help with recycling, film Fax: +886-2-2356-6287screenings and fund raising projects for tsunami relief. Representatives from the Tzu Chi were present to educate the children on recycling procedures and accept thedonation for Tsunami relief. The National Youth Commission Minister Cherng Li-chiun andOlympic gold medalist and spokesperson for young volunteers Chen Shih-hsin, were at the press conferences. Many of the events were covered by local radio and TVstations as well as newspapers. The National Youth Commission’s website received over3,000 hits related to GYSD events. As part of the long term effects, the National YouthCommission plans to recruit 1,000 teams in the upcoming summer to participate incommunity volunteering, international volunteering, and volunteer reading serviceactivities. Taiwan proved to be a powerful force in youth service during GYSD 2005and all the participants showed their commitment to continue such projects in thefuture. Tajikistan Total Volunteers: 828 LEAD AGENCY: American Councils for International Education Under the auspices of Relief International Schools-Online, 828 Tajikistanis from ages 15-17 Nadejda Tretyakova years participated in a multitude of different projects ranging from beautifying the cities, working in school with students, preserving historical monuments and assisting senior and 105 Rudaki, apt. 13-14 Dushanbe, 734041 blind citizens. There was also a series of seminars about GYSD and a Students Action Tel: +(992 372) 21-17 95 Committee to discuss issues in the region. Volunteers wrote articles for the newspapers and Fax: +(992 372) 21-2103 short television programs about GYSD to publicize the event. All of these events led to several results, including cleaning of 100 km of streets, parks and fields, visits and care of 80 senior citizens and the distribution of 50 kg of food. A hundred books and toys were distributed, 300 different trees were planted and 100 community members participate in GYSD seminars. The “Meal Serve for Elderly People” project was carried out by alumni of the Future Leaders Exchange program, administered by American Councils, in Khorog, Dushanbe, Khujand, and Kurgan-Tube. Together with other volunteers they prepared and served the national dish of “plov,” salads, and beverages to 300 elderly people in above mentioned cities.49
  • 50. TotalTanzania Volunteers: 2,000 LEAD YMCA Kindondoni AGENCY:YMCA Kinondoni Branch, YEN Tanzania, SCSCY, Messa English Medium Nursery and Martin KipiliPrimary School and Church of God, mobilized over 2000 people around Tanzaniaranging in age from 15-35. Activities benefited the Muhimbili National Hospital and P.O. Box 767 Dar es SalaamAmana hospital, Orphaned children Of Yatima Trust. There were also events to work Tanzania, United Republic ofwith street children, train participants to be community HIV/AIDS educators, as well as Phone +255-744-461138a community forum to discuss issues like ethics, HIV/AIDS, and domestic life. These Fax: +255-22-2112752/4events were covered by a several different news sources around the country includingNational Television), Radio Tanzania Dar Es Salaam, Msema Kweli News Paper, Radio mkipili@hotmail.comFree Africa and Star TV. Many groups made these events possible such as the HarabriCorporation Limited, TVT, RTD and YMCA Kinondoni Branch, Pentecost ChurchesUnion in Tanzania, Geita District Council, Sengerema District Council, Kahama DistrictCouncil and MOPE (Movement of Poverty Eradication). During the events, 110 liters ofblood were collected to save about 150 lives. Also, 120 individuals were trained inHIV/AIDS education. The orphanage received 2150kg of food along with cartons ofsoap, books, pens, toilet paper and 260 pieces of clothing. The television and radioprograms reached a combined over 5,000,000 people across the country. There is alsoa better link between NGOs across the country that will continue into the future.Thailand Total Volunteers: 225 LEAD AGENCY: Service For Peace - ThailandOn GYSD 2005 in Thailand, Service For Peace involved more than 225 youth volunteers from Waraporn Pattanasakchai11 different participating groups/schools in extensive cleaning campaigns in Takuapa Town,Bangmoung and Prutiew temporary shelters. The events were kick-started by Mrs. Sangkom Tel: +66-1920-8759 Fax:Netsopa from Service For Peace who spoke about the meaning of GYSD and the importance sfp_thailand@hotmail.comof youth volunteerism and an opening speech by Ms. Sriwarin Lohakun, the Vice President ofThakuapa Municipality. Mr. Pratyachai Aunsaeng, the Vice Commander of the Border PoliceCompany 425 was also present. The closing speech was delivered by Mr.Wicha Saebsaardthe Principal of Tessaban Bansrithakuawpa School. The Muang Takuapa Administration, TheBorder Patrol Police Company 425, and the Takuapa Hospital all provided logistical support toensure the success of the sanitation projects. Takuapa Radio announced the commencementof GYSD and covered the results as well. All of the participants were very enthusiastic andthe example of the youth encouraged adults to get involved as well. All the young volunteerspledged to continue their efforts throughout the upcoming years. TotalTogo Volunteers: 50 LEAD Volontaires en Action pour le AGENCY: Developpement (VAD) TogoThe Union pour la Vue chapter in Togo mobilized 50 young volunteers in training over Honore Kossi Sietso200 people in educational workshops. The topics of the workshops included thestruggle against violence, eye/optical health and blindness, youth volunteerism and the 481 Av Francois Mitterrand Lome, 4615fight to stop AIDS in the country. Tel: +228-222-54-38
  • 51. Turkmenistan Total Volunteers: 300 LEAD AGENCY: American Councils for International EducationFLEX alumni and Peace Corps Volunteers in Ashgabat performed the play Mary Shea“Beauty and the Beast” twice for audiences totaling 300 at the Turkish CulturalCenter in Ashgabat. They raised $200 from ticket sales, which will be donated to Gorogly st. 48a Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 744000the Ashgabat Retirement House. In Turkmenbashy, alumni first informed Tel: +993-12-35-42-27students from local schools and members of the youth group of the Red Cross accels@online.tmabout GYSD and then invited them to join in the environmental project “CleanUp Day.” With support from a Global Youth Service Day FLEX Alumni Grant andEACOR Environmental Services Middle East Ltd company, 35 people planted and flowers, and cleaned up the sea-side parks and other public places.Minara Ismailova’04 and Alina Penjiyeva provided the leading help during theproject. They increased community awareness about the existence ofenvironmental problems regarding the coast of the Caspian Sea, as well asTurkmenbashy City. They continued GYSD efforts on April 19, when alumni andPeace Corps volunteers visited a local orphanage to present the donations theyhad collected. Fifty children received gifts of art supplies to encourage theircreative expression.Tunisia Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: AJMECOrganizers planned to carry out volunteer activities such as clean ups, planting of trees, as Mounir Bkchariwell as workshops on the value of youth volunteerism. Sousse, 4003 Tel: +216222640199Final Report not available at the time of printing Fax: mahabensalem@yahoo.frTonga Total Volunteers: 700 LEAD AGENCY: Tonga National Youth CongressTonga National Youth Congress collaborated with eight local youth groups to plant 1,000 Anitelu Toetrees in celebration of Global Youth Service Day. The event brought 700 young peopletogether to plant trees in eight villages. On April 15th, the Minister of Forestry Honorable c/o Community Development and Training CenterPeauafi Haukinima planted a tree to kick off the two day event. Acting Director of US Peace P.O.Box 161Corps, Mr Nicholas Metes Rev. Aisake KoloofaI and chief of Kolomotu’s Mr Siaosi Sikuea Nuku alofaalso participated. The event was sponsored by the Tongan Ministry of Agriculture, US TongaPeace Corps and Tonga National Volunteer Service. The event was covered by TV Tonga, Tel: 24-122Taimi o Tonga newspaper, Talaki newspaper and Chronicle newspaper and was able to Fax: 24-105bring together and encourage collaboration between Tonga youth groups. The 1,000 treesthat were planted are helping the greater goal the Tonga National Tour Congress has set toplant 50,000 trees. The event also promoted youth involvement in issues such as HIV/AIDS,health, environment and womens rights.51
  • 52. Uganda Total Volunteers: 3,000 LEAD AGENCY: Campus Youth AllianceGYSD celebrations in Uganda were led by Campus Youth Alliance, mobilizing over Peter Lukwiya Phillips3,000 young volunteers between the ages 19-30 from schools, universities and otheryouth organizations. The outcomes of the events included the renovation of 13 homes, P.O. Box 1410 Mbarara, Western, 256048520 bales of used clothes distributed, 23 sets of sanitary goods distributed, 48 trees Tel: +256-77-897646planted and 20 homes of HIV/AIDS victims visited. These projects were sponsored by Fax: +256-48-520782Coca Cola, Nile Breweries Company, and MTN Telecommunications. The media on events via television and FM radio stations like Radio West and Kabale thhits. On Apri 13 l, The Chairman of the local Government of Mbarara District presided the closing ceremony, which started with a street march. Other officials thatparticipated include a regional youth member of Parliament and the Chairman of theYouth Council. GYSD has taken deep root in Uganda among the youth especially andhas called for an establishment of networks of collaboration among active partners incommunity service projects. Also in Uganda, the Tinadon Orphanage Care Foundationinitiated the “Kind Giving Project” which raised funds to help provide essentialcommodities for disadvantaged people in IDP camps and for people living withHIV/AIDS. These commodities included 30 boxes of washing soap, 5 sacks of salt, 4bags of sugar, and 10 cans of cooking oil. Two FM radio stations aired stories on theprojects and district officials, religious leaders, and members of the NGO forumsupported the projects. Support was provided by local businesses, the Lira Municipalcouncil, andcommunity members. The organization felt that its efforts could have beenmore successful if they were provided with technology resources. Tinadon OrphanageCare Foundation looks forward to GYSD 2006 and they are getting stronger because ofvolunteerism and commitment to community development and peace.Ukraine Total Volunteers: 800 LEAD AGENCY: All-Ukrainian Youth Organization (Democratic Transformation of Ukraine)The International Relief Friendship Foundation mobilized, planned, and implemented a Oleksandr Hontarukvariety of projects that included public clean-ups, contests, theatre performances, and socialtraining programs. Hundreds of volunteers participated in activities where 22 sacks of 63-b Velyka Vasylkivska Str., floor #3garbage were collected, theatre performances were held at orphanages, and psychological Kyiv, 3150training for children from problem families were conducted. The Students’ Club of the Tel: +380-44-255-25-31National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Volunteers of IRFF and SFP and other youth Fax: +380-44-255-25-31groups worked on the “Youth Changes the World” program. The materials of the project demperu@yahoo.comwere covered online at and, and in the Family Timesnewspaper. The Ukrainian Association of Non-governmental organizations proclaimed theUkrainian Contest of the school and student projects as Service For Peace projects thatcomply with the UN decade of culture of peace. All these projects were made possible bythe Women’s Federation for World Peace (Japan), Ukrainian Association of NGOs,Ukrainian society for the protection of birds, MicrocosmicGroup, Unisystem, and privatedonations. Elected officials such as Obolon region state administration, Kyiv Kharkiv andKyiv orphans administration, the Ministry of family affairs, Federation of the football inUkraine, and the Vice-major of Nikopol were also present. The events received publicityonline, over the radio (Nashe and Era stations), and on television (NTV and UT-1 stations).52
  • 53. United Kingdom Total Volunteers: 20 LEAD AGENCY: Service For PeaceService For Peace, The Place, and Acton Saturday Venture Club sponsored a project that Chaim Hackworked with disabled children on service learning and sports. The event impacted the localcommunity by presenting the need to further work with disabled individuals in their area. Log Cabin 259 Northfield Avenue Ealing12 learning disabled youth and over 20 volunteers from ages 12- 40 participated in sports London , W5 4UAevents. They played multiple games including football, pool, darts, field hockey, connect Tel: +44 7838356846four, table tennis, and basketball. The teams were divided between boys and girls, at the Fax: +44 7913902117end of the day it was a draw and they celebrated two birthdays. The group used uk@serviceforpeace.orgathleticism to mobilize and involve people in community issues. States Total Volunteers: 3,000,000 LEAD AGENCY: Youth Service AmericaMillions of young people across the country participated in tens of thousands of service and Karen Larson-Danielservice-learning projects on National Youth Service Day 2005, the U.S. celebration ofGlobal Youth Service Day. Projects focused on the environment, literacy, health, violence, 1101 15th Street, NW Suite 200and many other issues. National Youth Service Day (NYSD) is coordinated by Youth Washington, DC 20005Service America, in partnership with the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) and Tel: +202-296-2992PARADE Magazine. Youth Service America (YSA) works with 115 National Partners, who Fax: +202-296-4030promote the event through their networks of thousands of local chapters and affiliates; 50 klarson@ysa.orgLocal and State Lead Agencies that plan large-scale, highly visible events; and thousandsof local partners. State Farm Companies Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of NYSD.19 year-old Tanvir Vahora and her peers from the University of Texas (UT) taughtelementary students from Austin Peace Academy, a Muslim elementary school, abouthealthy living. Together, they created and distributed healthy-eating recipe books that theydonated to two public schools in their area. Students from Phoenix Military Academy inChicago, Illinois designed a financial literacy curriculum, geared toward teaching youngchildren about finance. After conducting an assessment of what students already knew andwanted to know more about, they designed a curriculum to cover topics such as evaluatingbank services and setting up accounts, making wise saving decisions, and using softwaredesigned for managing an allowance. They also designed a community web page ofinformation resources. The students presented their findings to their elected officials andasked them to create programs for youth that advance their science, math and technicalskills. The National Youth Service Day media campaign generated over 379 million mediaimpressions from 1,416 television and newspaper stories (up from 320 million mediaimpressions in 2003 and 329 million in 2004), highlighting the positive role youth play ascommunity assets and leaders during NYSD and year-round. YSA tracked theparticipation of 650 government officials (up from the 254 officials tracked in 2003 and 508in 2004). The United States Senate passed by unanimous consent Resolution 105, thintroduced by 44 original co-sponsors, declaring April 15 as National Youth Service Day.President Bush sent a letter of support to NYSD participants. YSA provided 418 youth,teachers, and organizations with grants to support NYSD projects and continued service to 200 grants in 2003 and 230 grants in 2004). Ten National Partners offeredtheir own grants, resulting in an additional 350 grants. Two new projects were launchedin NYSD: Finance Lessons, a pilot initiative created by State Farm CompaniesFoundation and Youth Service America, created service-learning grants for financialmanagement education projects, targeted especially to women and girls. The GlobalYouth Leadership and Service (GYLS) program is a new collaboration between YSAand the U.S. State Department to provide exchange students, coordinators, andalumni with resources and support services in the field of service-learning, youthparticipation, and civic engagement.53
  • 54. Uruguay Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: Asociacion Cristiana de Jovenes en UruguayThe YMCA of Uruguay planned to carry out different volunteer activities in Montevideo. Enrique CalFinal Report not available at the time of printing Soriano 1610 Montevideo, Montevideo Tel: +598 2 410 1078 Fax: Total Volunteers: 18,170 LEAD AGENCY: American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS (Uzbekistan)The School Connectivity for Uzbekistan program, the Nathan TruittIntellectual Youth Centre, alumni of American CouncilsFuture Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) , and the 68 Konstitutsiya Street Tashkent, 700031American Councils for International Education in Tel: +998 71 152 12 81Uzbekistan mobilized over18,170 youth and community Fax: +998 71 120 7003members to celebrate volunteerism and take action on 2005. Through the multitude of activities rangingfrom neighborhood clean-ups, tree and flower plantings,trainings for unemployed and disabled communitymembers, roundtables with local officials, recyclingcampaigns, career planning seminars and educational campaigns on subjects such ashuman trafficking, computer trainings, an art exhibition, charity concerts, visits to localorphanages, family homes and elderly homes, contests and other fund raising activities,participants educated the public around the country about the role of youth as leaders andestablished networks to promote youth participation in service and learning. The charitableand fund raising events, including concerts and an art exhibition, allowed the volunteers toraise funds for future service projects and to combat children’s cancer. There were electedofficials present for the festivities including, members of local government, SevaraNazarkhan, Uzbek recording star, and heads of local city halls and educational departmentsgave their permission and administrative support to every project. There was extensive anddiverse media coverage of GYSD events in Uzbekistan including in seven televisionprograms, two magazines, at least four websites, and 14 newspaper articles across thenation. The list of sponsors for the events was immense, however the major ones include,Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, BritishAirways, UNICEF, Texaco, Korean Embassy, Namangan City Hall, NGO Civic SocietyDevelopment Office, Sarkor Internet, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, andfunds raised by the organization itself. The most significant long term results are theheightened awareness among communities throughout the country about theimportance of volunteerism, the image of youth as positive leaders, and the closerrelationship created among organizations and schools committed to future service.54
  • 55. Venezuela Total Volunteers: 900 LEAD AGENCY: Federación de Instituciones Privadas de Atención al Niño, al Joven y a la Familia GYSD celebrations were led by FIPAN, mobilizing hundreds of youth volunteers. Some of Celeste Moreno the activities included a project called “Have Fun with the Animals,” which focused on educating children on the value of respecting animal rights; a donation campaign to raise Av. Andres Bello. Edificio Las Fundaciones. Piso 7. Oficina funds for non-formal education activities throughout the year and workshops focusing on 71-A, Caracas, 1050 civic participation. Tel: +212-578-3612 Fax: +212-578-0948 fipan-voluntariado@cantv.netVietnam Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: Youthlink VietnamThe GYSD organizers planned activities to mobilize students around clean ups and Tinh Trantechnology workshops. #202,55A Le Thanh TongFinal Report not available at time of printing Halong, Quangninh, 84 Tel: +84 33 620066 Fax: +84 33 620077 Co-Lead Agency: Vietnam National University Student Organisation 3/336. Lang street, Dong Da Ha Noi, 84 Tel: +84 0913671219 tranphuongngan@yahoo.com55
  • 56. Yemen Total Volunteers: 400 LEAD AGENCY: AMIDEAST-YemenYemen Youth General Union mobilized hundreds of youth volunteers between the ages Frank Underhill12-35, from over 15 schools and universities. Their activities included educationalworkshops, an art show, a presentation about the role of youth in the nation and the 162 Miswat St. Adendangers of terrorism, traditional folklore, songs were sung and souvenirs were handed Tel: +967-2-232-345out. 250 people were fed, 50 sick people were visited and 60 women were trained in Fax:family health. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Youth aden@amideast.organd Sport, a member of Parliament, and the Governor of Taiz were present for thecelebrations. The major sponsors besides the Youth General Union were the Ministry ofHealth and the Ministry of Youth and Sport. The events were covered by such media emen/programs_services/outlets as Yemen TV, Youth Radio and multiple local newspapers. The events of GYSDbrought the efforts of youth to the attention of the local government and established themas a powerful force for change in their community. Zambia Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: Network of African Youths Against Corruption-Zambia The GYSD organizers planned to carry out a conference on corruption and young people’s Isaac Mwanza role in preventing it. Antelope Drive Lusaka 10101 Final Report not available at the time of printing Tel: +2.60958e+010 Fax: +260 1 214 192 Total Volunteers: 300 LEAD AGENCY: Victoria Falls Environmental Action SocietyEnvironment Africa in conjunction with the Victoria Falls Environmental Action Society Edith Januaryworked hand-in-hand in preparation for the GYSD celebrations in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Box CT502The celebrations started with 260 youths participating in an awareness raising march, and Chinotimbawith a clean-up activity at the Old People’s Home. After completion of work, the Victoria Victoria FallsFalls Municipality Housing Director gave a speech on behalf of the Executive Mayor of Falls. Other activities included other clean up activities, and visits to the VictoriaFalls Referral Hospital. Local authorities highlighted that they were not aware that in VicFalls young people were able to stand up and be positive about their future and theirenvironment.56
  • 57. VII. Political Leaders & Government SupportArmenia: Habitat For Humanity International Board of Director, Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs, local authoritiesBangladesh: Local state officialsBolivia: Ministry of Youth and Children; Erick Titze, UNV, Municipality of Santa CruzBosnia and Herzegovina: Mayor of GracanicaBrazil: President of Brazil, Ministry of Education, UNDP, UNV, local authoritiesBurundi: Ministry of Environment, Mayor of Bujumbura, local authoritiesCameroon: Ministry of Social Affairs, Mayor of Bamusso, Local authoritiesCentral African Republic: First Lady of the Republic, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Economic Planning, local authoritiesChina: UNICEF officialsColombia: Ministry of Environment, National Planning Director, General Motors representatives, IAVE board memberDemocratic Republic of Congo: Vice-President of Republic, Ministry of Reconciliation, Ministry of Youth and SportsIvory Coast: Director of Human Rights and Dignity InstituteDominican Republic: Ministry of Sports, IADB, UNDP, UNV, Office of the Attorney General, National Housing Institute, local authoritiesEl Salvador: Local authoritiesEritrea: Local authoritiesFrance: President of France, Ministry of Youth and Education, Ministry of European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNESCO,Gabon: Ministry of SportsGeorgia: President of Georgia, Parliament and Ministry of Youth and SportsGhana: Ministry of Health, police officials, local authoritiesGrenada: Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Youth DevelopmentGuatemala: Local authoritiesHaiti: Director of Public SchoolsHong Kong: Local authoritiesIndia: Ministry of Social Welfare, members of Parliament, local authoritiesIsrael: Mayor of Bet Shemesh, Police CommanderJapan: Local authoritiesKazakhstan: Department of Education, local authoritiesKenya: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Home Affairs, National AIDS Coordination Board, local authorities, police officers, Children Department, church officialsLebanon: Mayor of Nabatiyyi, Mirielle Panosian - ActressLiberia: Ministry of Youth and Sports, Good Governance Commission, local authoritiesMacedonia: Mayor of Vinica, Mayor of Gostivar, local authoritiesMalawi: President of Malawi, Ministry of Information Communications and Tourism, University of MalawiMexico: Governor of Nuevo Leon, Mayor of Apodaca, Mayor of San NicolasMoldova: Mayor of Bobeica, Mayor of Cioburciu, Mayor of TopalaMongolia: Governor of Sukhbaatar DistrictNepal: Former Minister of EducationNicaragua: Vice-Mayor of ChinandegaNigeria: Nigeria Labor Congress, Mushin local government, Board of Internal Revenue, Abia State Governor, State Officials – Enugu State, tribal leadersPakistan: District Planning Officer, local authoritiesPalestine: Mayor of Hebron and Mayor ALbirehPanama: First Lady of Panama, Ministry of YouthPeru: President of Congress, Mayor of Lima, Archbishop of Lima, Mayor of Villa Maria, local authorities, National University La Molina, National Youth Council (CONAJU)Philippines: National Commission for Indigenous People, Senator Manny Villar, Senator Richard Gordon, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, National Youth CommissionPortugal: Red Cross officials, National Youth Institute, local authoritiesRomania: Mayor of Bucharest, local authoritiesRussian Federation: Vasilij Lanovoi – Famous Actor, Representative of Presidency of Russian Federation, Representative of Bashkortostan, Ministry of Youth Affairs of Republic Tatarstan, Governor of Tver, Representative of Presidency of Republic of Mordovia, Representative of Rights of the Child in the Volgograd area, Minister of Labor and Social Development in Samara, local officials from around Russia.South Korea: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, National Youth CommissionSri Lanka: Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, National Youth Services Council57
  • 58. Saint Kitts and Nevis: Deputy Prime Minister, Ministry of Education and Youth, Ministry of Community Development, and Ministry of Social and Gender AffairsSaint Lucia: Ministry of the Environment, and Ministry of EducationSenegal: Local authoritiesSeychelles: Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Education, and LUNGOS (National Umbrella Organization of NGOs)Slovenia: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Sports, Deputy Mayor of Ljubljana, Boattjan Kljun - TV host and journalist, African Society in SloveniaSouth Africa: Desmond Tutu, Municipality of Durban, Department of Health, Department of EducationTaiwan: Ministry of Youth, National Youth Commission Representative, Olympic gold medalistsTajikistan: local authorities, school administratorsThailand: Takuapa MunicipalityUganda: Chairman of the District local Government of Mbarara, Regional Youth Member of Parliament, Chairman of Youth CouncilUkraine: Obolon State Representative, Ministry of Family Affairs, Vice-Major of NikopolUzbekistan: Local authoritiesYemen: Ministry of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Youth and Sports VIII. Country Celebration SponsorsAlbania: DisneyArmenia: DisneyBhutan: Phuentsholing Women Association, local business communityBolivia: PaSo Joven – IDB, Grupo RIBEPAR, Editorial La Hoguera, Natura, Coca-Cola, Helados Pato Roca, Rotarac Equipetrol, Municipal ZooBrazil: McCann Erickson, Lobo Filmes, Voicez, Correios do Brasil, Infraero, Rede Globo, SBT, MTVBulgaria: People to People Chapter PlovdivBurundi: Ministry of Environment, Bujumbra Mayor, community donations, SHINE Ministry and EEAC BujumburaCameroon: Johns Hopkins University, Hysacam, SABC, SOAPCAMCentral African Republic: SOCATEL, Banque International pour le Centrafrique (BICA), Ministry of Environment, Huilerie Savonnerie Centrafricaine (HUSACA), Etablissement LEAL Boulangeries, DAMECA, ENERCA, SOGECA, UNDP.China: UNICEFColombia: General Motors, Universidad Javeriana, National Planning CommitteeDemocratic Republic of Congo: Church Eternal Glory, Boutique GAIUS, KAIROS TELECOM, Pastor Michael NtotoCosta Rica: Soluciones Reales de Software, ASM Risk Consultors, Bayer, Big ColaIvory Coast: Service For Peace HeadquartersCroatia: CARE International BH/CCzech Republic: Volunteer Center Kladno, Service For PeaceDominican Republic: UNDP, PasoJoven – IDB, ORANGE, ITABO, Ministry of Sports (SEDEFIR), Super Farmacia RachellEgypt: McDonald’sEl Salvador: Municipality of NejapaFrance: FNAC, BNP-Paribas, UIMMGabon: National Department for Francophone Culture, University Omar BongoGeorgia: Disney, Restaurant Nikala LTD, Coca-Cola, Shota Rustaveli University of Theatre and Cinema, Charity Humanitarian Center Abkhazeti (CHCA)Ghana: Disney, FRIDEC, Coca-Cola, Turom World, Lions Club, Police DepartmentGuatemala: Laboratorios Menarini and Bonin, Canadian Center for International Studies and CooperationHong Kong: ExxonMobil Hong Kong Limited, Disney, Legislative CouncilIndia: Disney, CDC, NAVJIVAN, SMS, GVM, UV, SAHEJNA, ASHA NIVASItaly: DisneyJapan: Aichi Shyukutoku University, City of NagoyaKazakhstan: Disney, Public Foundation Help, Public Foundation Crossroads, US Peace Corps, Reproductive Health Center, IREX/IATP, Young Media, and Department of Youth Affairs, IFES - Democracy@Large American Councils Alumni Association, Petro Kazakhstan Vita Water CompanyKenya: NACADA, Kibera Community Youth ProgrammeKorea: DisneyKyrgyzstan DisneyLebanon: European Union58
  • 59. Liberia: Telimile Brothers Corp., Zorzor District Women Care Inc., Sheriff Brothers shipping Inc., UNVMacedonia: Disney, Color making company – Hest, Municipality of Vinica, Granit, Construction Company, Soros NGO Support Center, Pianec Glas, Municipality / Public Enterprise, NGO Youth Forum (Mladinski Sovet)Malawi: Office of the President, Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), NICO Technologies, BUMAS International, CELTEL Malawi, the Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL)Mexico: Pepsi, Nuevo Leon Limpio, Comparte Vida A.C., Instituto de la Juventud de Nuevo Leon, DIF Nuevo LeonMoldova: Disney, Municipality of TopalaMongolia: Coca-Cola, OB Plastic, BOBS BakeryNepal: YVHC Nepal, Nepal Medical College, Service For Peace HeadquartersNicaragua: Almacen Mundo Elegante, Centro de Diversiones el Gorrioncito, National Police, Red Cross, Pro- FamiliaNigeria: Board of Internal Revenue, LYDIN Limited, SURAM International, Promasidor Nigeria Ltd, Unilever Nigeria Ltd, ASTOR PARK, LinkPoint International Resources Ltd., Citizens Bank, Ministry of EducationPakistan: iEARNPalestine: Municipality of HebronPanama: Ministry of Youth, Lions’ ClubPeru: Lions’ Club, UNALMPhilippines: Asian Educational Cultural Foundation, Nextstep Events planner, Ang Tipolo Lodge Number 334, UP Consumers Cooperative, VJ Graphics, Good Life Now CorporationPortugal: Delta Cafos, Dan Cake, Jornal de Noticias, Ponto Comum, Parceiros Graficos, Lda., Futebol Clube do PortoRomania: Disney, Vad, Feleac and Cluj Archiepiscopacy, Club 30 Plus, S.C. Prodvinalco SA, S.C. Coca- Cola, HBC Baia MareRussia: Over 200 businesses and 800 individuals, including: Gorodisskiy and Partners, LLP, RIA, RUSAL, RITEKA, St. Petersburg government, SMARTS, Line-Schedule Printing House, Barnaul Food CompanySaint Kitts and Nevis: Ministry of Education, Youth, Community and Social Development; Peace Corps St. Kitts & Nevis, & Carib Crafts & Graphics, Inc., residents of the Bird Rock communitySaint Lucia: The Garden of Rose, AF Valmont, Paint PlusSeychelles: Nature Seychelles, Public Utilities Corporation, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment, Environment Trust FundSlovenia: IMAGO, Fini Oglasi,, Mercator, Ljubljanske Tranice, Ministry of DefenceSomalia: Global Money Transfare, Nation Link Company, COGWO, Hormud Telecom, Telcom Somalia, IIDA, Capital FM, CRDSouth Africa: Disney, Parents and Community of Kanyamazane, SPAR - White RiverSouth Korea: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Youth CommissionSri Lanka: Eagle Insurance, Lordstar group, American WaterTaiwan: National Youth CommissionTanzania: TVT, RTD, Movement for Poverty Eradication (MOPE), Pentecostal ChurchThailand: Rotary, National Assembly, HondaTonga: Ministry of Agriculture, US Peace Corps, Tonga National Volunteer ServiceUganda: Coca-Cola, Nile Breweries, MTN Communications, Lira Municipal CouncilUkraine: Women’s Federation for World Peace (Japan), Ukrainian Association of NGOs, Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds, MicrocosmicGroup, UnisystemUnited Kingdom: Service For Peace, Chaim Hack, MandeepUzbekistan: Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy, American Councils for International Education, Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan, Narhoz Academic Lyceum Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, British Airways, International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), Price Waterhouse Coopers, Stomaservice Dental Services, UNICEF, Namangan Academic Lyceum, Dedeman Hotel, Ragu Entertainment Group, Inter Saraton Travel Agency, Texaco, Korean Embassy, Sarkor Internet, Hotel Intercontinental, Caravan Group, Hotel TashkentYemen: Yemen General Youth Union, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Youth and SportZimbabwe: Shearwater Adventures, Ilala Lodge, Wild Horizons, Jays Spar, Silver Ranch Steakhouse, In-da- Belly Restaurant, Zimsun group, Safari Par Excellence, Vic Falls Safari Lodge, Downings Bakery, CAAZ Pirates, Vic Falls Wheelchair Warriors, Red Cross, Victoria Falls Municipality, Old People, Victoria Falls Hospital, CCAP, Community Life Centre, Church of Christ, Methodist, United Methodist, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Brethren, Sabbath Day Adventist59
  • 60. Join us in celebrating Global Youth Service Day 2006!YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA GLOBAL YOUTH ACTION NETWORK1101 15th Street NW, Suite 200 211 East 43rd Street, Suite 905Washington, DC 20005 (USA) New York, NY 10017 (USA)1-202-296-2992 tel tel 1-212-661-61111-202-296-4030 fax fax 60