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Global Youth Service Day recognizes and celebrates the contributions children and youth, ages 5-25, make to their communities 365 days a year. Each year in April, millions of young people around the world lead and participate in service projects. They work with families, schools, community and faith-based organizations, and businesses to improve communities.
Links Days of Service 9/11 Day of Service MLK Day of Service Global Youth Service Day
Focuses on importance of “Duration and Intensity” by engaging students for at least 70 hours over several weeks or months Connects academic learning with meaningful community issues Follows IPARD/C service-learning process: I nvestigation, P reparation & P lanning, A ction, R eflection, D emonstration/ C elebration
Stronger Communities Community Need Academic Engagement Workforce Readiness Teaching and Learning
U.S. States & Countries with Highest Number of Projects
Abington, PA Senior High School students taught participants from 12 area high schools about global water challenges and how to save water in their own communities.
Hardwick, VT Union High School students worked with county and district legislators to draft and introduce legislation restricting adults from smoking in a vehicle where youth under age 17 are present.
Dolbie, TX Middle School students in the Communities in Schools Service Club mentored 3rd graders at a nearby elementary school.
GYSD Lead Agency Grants 79 $2,000 grants supported citywide or statewide coordination of GYSD that engaged at least 124,357 youth volunteers. Oregon Volunteers, Montana Governor’s Office of Community Service, Serve Nebraska, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, Michigan Community Service Commission, and Louisiana Serve Commission all ran mini-grant programs to support projects across their states. NYC Service partnered with Up2Us to host a Young People's Leadership Summit where 600 youth participated in a day of service-learning and team building. The Minnesota Alliance With Youth hosted a GYSD celebration with entertainment and on-site service projects at the Mall of America.
Camp Gator organized a mentoring program pairing University of Florida student-athletes with at-risk children.
Students in After School All Stars Hawaii organized a Healthy Cooking Show and lesson plan to present to elementary students.
Youth from Kid Power Inc. in Washington, DC connected environmental science with gardening and health through a Citizen Farm project.
Sodexo Lead Organizer & Youth Grants 10 $2,000 Lead Organizer grants and 25 $500 Youth grants supported childhood hunger awareness projects that engaged at least 6,199 youth volunteers. Pillsbury United Communities organized a multicultural food drive to collect culturally relevant food for two food shelves in Minneapolis that serve a diverse population. Youth from the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association visited one of several community agencies, learned about the organization and its hunger programs, and served on-site.
Galesburg-Augusta Primary School students in Galesburg, MI helped clean a swamp to restore the watershed near their school after an oil spill last year in the Kalamazoo River, one of the largest oil spills ever in the Midwest.
Youth in Turkey dressed up as water droplets and handed out fliers to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation in their community.
STEMester of Service Grants 35 grants up to $5,000 supported teachers who engaged at least 4,159 middle school students in STEM classes improving the environment or disaster preparedness. Students at the Detroit Service Learning Academy created a program to provide 200 elderly individuals with blackout kits so they will be safe and prepared during frequent power outages. Students at Lincoln IB World School in Fort Collins, CO researched uranium mining. Using water quality data collected from the Cache la Poudre River, they determined the effects of mining and facilitated a Conversation Café session to engage and inform members of the community.
MLK-Semester of Service Lead Organizer Grants 13 $3,000 grants supported citywide or statewide coordination of MLK Day and GYSD as part of a Semester of Service. Students in Cleveland, OH worked with the Neighborhood Leadership Institute to host 15 "fireside chats" in neighborhood centers throughout the city on MLK Day to help identify issues and projects for their Semester of Service. For MLK Day, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati hosted a youth leadership forum for students from five area high schools to kick-off a Semester of Service utilizing the Fulfill the Dream leadership curriculum.
GYSD Regional Partner Grants 10 $5,000 grants supported regional coordination of Global Youth Service Day and engaged at least 272,179 youth volunteers in 102 countries. Foundation for Democratic Youth organized 200 Global Youth Service Day projects in Hungary, engaging 29,156 youth volunteers in substantive projects that addressed various issues including environmental conservation, care for the elderly and disabled, hunger and homelessness, and engaging orphans and youth in the juvenile justice system. In South America, 5,654 university students from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Uruguay built 1,253 emergency transitional housing units with Un Techo Para Mi Pais for low-income families who have lost their homes as a result of natural disasters.
Youth in Stevens Point, WI partnered with Literacy for Little Ones, a reading project at St. Michael’s Hospital serving approximately 700 newborns and their parents annually. Each newborn at the hospital received a book package that includes one baby book and a letter encouraging parents to read to their newborn, as well as tips on reading to babies.
30 grants of $500 supported literacy and reading projects that engaged at least 4,388 youth volunteers, starting on Read Across America Day. Students in Fort Wayne's Urban League’s Urban Teen Readers program read to four pre-k/ kindergarten classrooms on a weekly basis for five weeks.
Special Olympics Get Into It Grants 22 grants of $ 500 to $2,000 supported projects addressing childhood obesity co-led by students with disabilities and students without disabilities that engaged at least 3,734 youth volunteers . After-School All-Stars Las Vegas hosted a sports clinic in which All-Star students were paired with Special Olympics participants and completed a fitness activities led by student athletes from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The "Meet-in-the-Middle" group of special education and general education students at Dueitt Middle School in Spring, TX organized a fitness flash mob encouraging students to get fit and taught youth in other schools how to stay healthy by playing video games.
Special GYSD Events Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, participated in a UnitedHealth HEROES GYSD project in Queens, appearing on Fox & Friends and WPIX-TV (NYC CW affiliate). Former President Bill Clinton keynoted a GYSD event at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR hosted by City Year Little Rock / North Little Rock, Little Rock Serves (a Cities of Service program and a GYSD Lead Agency), and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Designates April 15-17, 2011 as Global Youth Service Day
Introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
10 Original Co-Sponsors
9 th year GYSD resolution introduced in Senate
GYSD U.S. House Resolution
House Resolution 210
Supports the goals & ideals of Global Youth Service Day
Introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
16 Original Co-Sponsors
3 rd year GYSD resolution introduced in House
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GYSD In the News Over 935 GYSD stories appeared in hundreds of newspapers, blogs, TV, and radio stations with total circulation of at least 601,811,141 people around the world generating 692,023,369 media impressions.