State Farm®Presenting Sponsor: Global Youth Service Day, Semester of ServiceProgram Sponsor: State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants, Youth Service InstituteThe Walt Disney CompanyProgram Sponsor: Disney Friends for Change GrantsUnitedHealth GroupProgram Sponsor: UnitedHealth HEROES GrantsSodexo FoundationProgram Sponsor: Sodexo Lead Organizer Grants, Sodexo Youth Grants, Sodexo School EngagementGrantsLearn and Serve America (Corporation for National and Community Service)Program Sponsor: STEMester of Service GrantsCorporation for National and Community Service / Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ServiceProgram Sponsor: MLK-Semester of Service Lead Organizer GrantsNational Education AssociationProgram Sponsor: Youth Leaders for Literacy GrantsSpecial OlympicsProgram Sponsor: Special Olympics Get Into It Grants
National Partner Highlights View a full list of National Partners at www.YSA.org/partners/nationalAfter-School All-StarsServing nearly 81,000 children in need on over 450 school sites in 12 different cities from New York City toHonolulu, After-School All-Stars incorporates academic support, enrichment opportunities, and healthand fitness activities into their after-school programs. For Global Youth Service Day, three of theirchapters (Bay Area, San Diego, and Las Vegas) served as Lead Agencies and another (Columbus)received a State Farm Good-Neighbor Service-Learning grant. Together, After-School All-Stars chaptersengaged over 1,000 youth on Global Youth Service Day in service projects.Project Highlights:After-School All-Stars Las Vegas - After-School All-Stars Las Vegas partnered with Special Olympics ofNevada and University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Athletics to celebrate GYSD. UNLV Athletes led aseries of sports stations to teach students about the importance of physical activity andhealth/nutrition. Meals for the students were provided by Three Square, a local food bank.After-School All-Stars San Diego - After-School All-Stars San Diego held projects that included creatingcommunity urban gardens, with the produce donated to a local food bank, cleaning up the coastlinessince the budget cuts have left a number of beaches neglected, helping refugees maintain food stability,organizing sports and nutrition clinics in low income neighborhoods, interacting with elders, andstarting a literacy program with the collection of books.Job CorpsJob Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a highschool diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of agethat qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and inlife. For GYSD, Job Corps organized 8,447 students and 1,507 staff members to volunteer in serviceprojects, bringing to the total number of participants to 9,939.Project Highlights:The Philadelphia Job Corps Life Science Institute (PJCLSI) - Students had the opportunity to collaboratewith other vocational training program students and community volunteers including the PhiladelphiaPolice Explorers Club, Mastery Charter High School, and Prep Charter High School. Additionally, morethan 40 hospitals, Philadelphia EMS, Office of Emergency Management, government agencies, and otherhealthcare entities to actively participate in a drill portraying casualties affected with everything fromheart attacks to blast and gunshot wounds, assisting the hospitals with preparing for actual disastersthat may impact the U.S. in the future. The value of this approach is to identify specific weaknesses forimprovement and to promote continuing efforts to strengthen hospital disaster preparedness.Weber Basin Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center – Working with Park City, this Job Corps center hasbeen active in its activities to improve the McCloud Creek watershed for the past 10 years now. Studentshave planted over 4,000 trees, spread 1,500 pounds of grass seed and collected numerous amounts ofgarbage. Water from this watershed benefits thousands of people throughout the state.
J-ServeJ-Serve is the National Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has participated in GYSD as partof their day of service. J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilutchasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, theresponsibility to repair the world. Across the globe, teens joined each other to make their communityand the world a better place. Over 100 events across the United States occurred on GYSD through J-Serve.Project HighlightsJ-Serve 2011 Baltimore - Jewish teens from all over the Baltimore metropolitan area came together onApril 10, 2011 to address issues they saw in their community. The day of service included seven optionsfor teens to choose from, directly affecting causes like homelessness, hunger, the environment, childrenwith special needs, and many more. Over 76 youth participated in this regional event.NoVA J-Serve 2011 - The NoVA Council BBYO held an overnight event on April 9th and 10th to address thetopics of homelessness and poverty. Teens held a special havdallah service on homelessness, followedby programming on poverty in Washington, DC. On the morning of April 10th, teens joined the NationalCoalition for the Homeless on an Outreach Run, bringing donations to the homeless in Washington, DC.Over 20 youth participated in this event and engaged numerous other community members in theirfundraising efforts.H2O for LifeH20 for Life connects schools in the United States with schools in developing countries to completeWASH (WAter, Sanitation, and Hygiene) in Schools projects. A nonprofit, all-volunteer organization runby teachers, parents, and students, H20 for Life aims to help students build an allegiance to and anunderstanding of their partner school through curriculum and experiential learning while raising fundsfor WASH in Schools projects. In 2011, H2O for Life held their Walk for Water events to celebrate GlobalYouth Service Day.Project HighlightsTarget Field, Minnesota – Participants in Minnesota turned out to raise awareness of water issuesaround the world, despite the two inches of snow on the ground and 40 degree weather. Partnersprovided containers of water for participants to carry on their walks so they can experience the hardshipof transporting water manually, something millions of people deal with worldwide.Sigma Alpha EpsilonSigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) is one of the largest college fraternities by total initiates, with more than300,000 initiated members and more than 11,800 undergraduates at 224 chapters and 17 colonies in 49states and provinces at present. Each year, SAE participates in Global Youth Service Day as a part oftheir True Gentleman Day of Service. This year, 38 chapters across 21 states participated, engagingthousands of people in service projects.
Project HighlightsConnecticut Beta Chapter – Sigma Alpha Epsilon led a campus-wide cleanup effort in their communityfor Global Youth Service Day. A constant source of complaint from the citizens of Mansfield and theUniversity of Connecticut is the road that lies about a half mile off campus called Hunting Lodge Road.This road is home to hundreds of students and families alike, and gets constant usage by students,faculty and residents. This leaves the road and its sidewalks polluted and covered with garbage after along winter of snow and salt. By spearheading the effort, Sigma Alpha Epsilon-Connecticut Betaimproved relations with citizens and served their host community.Virginia Kappa Colony - The members of the Virginia Kappa Colony partnered with members of GammaPhi Beta to host an Easter egg hunt for collegiate faculty children and community families. It allowedthe Colony to reach out to the Williamsburg community and give back to those who have hostedfraternity members in their city and provided a fun way to serve not only the adults, but the youth aswell.City YearCity Year is an education-focused nonprofit AmeriCorps organization that unites young people of allbackgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. At CityYear’s 21 locations across the United States and at its international affiliates in Johannesburg, SouthAfrica and London, England, teams of diverse young people called Corps Members serve full-time inschools for 10 months working to improve student attendance, behavior and course performance inEnglish and math. In 2011, Chicago, New Hampshire, and San Antonio served as Lead Agencies, and theirapproximately 2,000 Corps Members engaged thousands of youth at their sites.Youth Volunteer Corps of AmericaYouth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is a nonprofit promoting a lifetime commitment to service among youth byproviding quality service projects for young people. For over 20 years, YVC has engaged over 240,000young people from diverse backgrounds in year-round service projects. Based in Kansas City, KS, YVChas about 50 programs across the United States and Canada. Local Youth Volunteer Corps include fourLead Agencies (Volunteer Southern Arizona, HandsOn Miami, Volunteer Macon, and the Youth VolunteerCorps of America main office).Project HighlightsVolunteer Southern Arizona - The Youth Service and Leadership Coalition partnered with SkrappysYouth Center to host 100 youth volunteers on GYSD. Youth volunteers helped improve, clean, organize,and create art to improve the space that thousands of youth come to a year. All volunteers wererecognized through a celebration held at Skrappys.HandsOn Miami – HandsOn Miamis Youth Volunteer Corps and Youth Advisory Council hosted threeservice projects throughout Miami-Dade County in celebration of Global Youth Service Day. All theselarge scale projects were managed by youth and incorporated environmental or community renewalelements and benefitted all citizens.
Global Partner Highlights See a full list of Global Partners at www.YSA.org/partners/globalPeople to People InternationalSince its creation in 1956, PTPI works to enhance international understanding and friendship througheducational, cultural, and humanitarian activities directly involving people of different countries anddiverse cultures. This year, PTPI Student Chapters from five countries organized 0ver 70 Global YouthService Day projects, engaging 7,647 chapter members and young volunteers.Project Highlights: • Youth volunteers from the Trbovlje, Slovenia Chapter of People to People International considered the impact of being an industrial city with heavy industry, and decided to work to address issues of environmental pollution to counteract the challenges posed by this local economic activity. They focused their efforts on a city park that serves as a popular hang out spot for Slovenian youth. These young volunteers cleaned and re-painted frog shaped trash cans in creative ways that would draw attention to these places for proper garbage disposal. • Youth volunteers set out to mobilize thousands of people in the Lome community to undertake community clean up projects and learn about environmental issues. As part of this endeavor, members of this People to People International Lome, Togo chapter helped highlight the importance of tree planting as an environmental protection, promoted healthy sanitation practices, and worked to involve Government officials in the project. This project spread the word about maintaining clean communities through proper and environmentally friendly sanitation practices. The work of these youth inspired the attention of local media, including Television Togolese (TVT), Radio Lome and Togolese Agent for Press (ATOP). A representative of the Minister of Arts and Culture spoke during the conference and recognized these youth volunteers for the impact that they are making in the community through their selfless acts of service. • The "Kyivites", members of the People to People International Kharkiv, Ukraine Student Chapter, and the "Futuremakers", members of the University Chapter, decided to organize a joint project to support children who live at the Board School for orphans. 20 youth volunteered to help residents of the orphanage clean and decorate their rooms and make some repairs to furniture. Youth participants also played games and made toys with the younger children, and as an end of the day celebration, they baked pies together and hosted a tea party.Peace CorpsPeace Corps volunteers Amy King, of Merrimack, N.H., and Kate Knisley, of Columbus, Ohio, organized acommunity environmental service project in Azerbaijan on April 17, 2011 for Global Youth Service Day(April 15-17). Seventy students collected more than 70 lbs. of trash around a local school and built 20birdhouses to foster biodiversity and help with pest control. Students also planted flowers and createdre-usable grocery bags to encourage recycling and conservation.Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines planted 12,000 mangrove trees and organized a coastalcleanup with local youth as part of two Global Youth Service Day (April 15-17) activities. More than fivepercent of Peace Corps volunteers work primarily in youth development and 13 percent work primarily
on environmental projects. Peace Corps volunteers Leah Eggers of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Claire Pelleyof Chico, Calif., joined local youth, community members, and other Peace Corps volunteers to plant12,000 mangrove seedlings and collect trash on the beach in Cebu province. Mangrove trees helpprevent erosion and mitigate tropical storm damage. They will also contribute to the increase of thelocal fish population, which greatly benefits the more than 200 fishermen. During the event, volunteersEggers and Pelley taught an interactive presentation on protecting marine life, and led activities toteach students about the environment.Fundacion Inti Nan, in collaboration with a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and a Disney Friends for Changegrant, organized a GYSD project to address the issue of water safety and the importance of native plantspecies in San Bernardo a small, indigenous community in the highlands of Ecuador. In this village, 500families suffer from a lack of water, an abundance of invasive eucalyptus trees, and poor soil fertility.The community youth decided to organize a tree removal campaign in commemoration of Global YouthService Day and for every eucalyptus tree the removed, they planted a native tree species. Volunteersremoved around 100 eucalyptus trees from a specific area in the community and planted 100 nativetrees to help reforestation the area. The youth also constructed dry bathrooms using the wood forinfrastructure and wood shards to reduce the bathroom smell and help speed the composting process.Dry toilets do not need water to function, are environmentally safe and friendly, and allow nutrients inhuman feces to return to the soil as fertilizer, which will reduce the communitys water toiletconsumption by 65% and increase the use of water for drinking, cooking and washing. The human wastecompost would be used for home and school gardens. Volunteers also built 10 dry bathrooms as a pilotprogram for the community. Over 50 youth volunteers participated in this project.Boy Scouts and Girl Guides/Girl ScoutsThe Guias y Scouts (Boy and Girl Scouts) of La Guaria, with the support of a Disney Friends for Changegrant, encouraged their community to mobilize support for a cleaner and greener community. Theseyouth celebrated GYSD and the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts at their community plaza. They alsocelebrated the installation and decoration of La Guarias first public garbage cans in this communityspace and mobilized volunteers to participate in a plaza clean-up. 5 troupe leaders accompanied 18 Boyand Girl Scouts door to door in their community of 3,000 residents and distributed literature on thehazards of pollution and burning of trash. The group followed this up by cleaning the plaza and then,together with the Sports Committee leaders and youth baseball team players, installed and decoratedthe first four of what will be nine public garbage cans in the center of town. These volunteers hosted acommunity event in celebration of Earth Day and GYSD to highlight local issues with water quality, theScouts garbage project, and to engage the community in healthy recreational activities in a newlycleaned plaza. Over 50 youth and parents attended the event. The Scouts also planted nearly 60 newtrees in a deforested area behind their town.Members of the Egyptian Federation of Scouts in Cairo organized a youth initiative campaign to raiseawareness on the importance of donating blood. These youth shared information about local blooddrives with other youth community members and tried to encourage young people to be regular blooddonors.300 members of the Russian Association of Girl Scouts organized a series of trainings targeting publicawareness toward the problem of still water. In addition, the Girl Scouts organized clean ups of localponds, riverbanks, and common recreational areas.
Service for PeaceIn honor of Global Youth Service Day, hundreds of Service for Peace volunteers participated in serviceprojects in their communities.In Kenya, 30 volunteers lead 150 community members in Community Family Day and the creation of acommunity garden at Kawangware Children’s Home. The Project focused on Children’s Garden Homeand School in Dagoretti which established a partnership with Service for Peace-Kenya. Among those whojoined included a field agriculturalist, who provided some tips on the creation of a community garden,as well as how to plant and maintain the crops in good conditions. Mathare Youth Sports Association(MYSA) donated the tools for the gardening and young volunteers of Rotaract donated their time tosupport the project. “The community garden project allows vulnerable communities cultivate their ownfood to improve their nutrition and food security,” Becky Gitonga, the director of Service For Peace inKenya, explained. To culminate the three days of community service, Service For Peace members andvolunteers joined in the Sunday service at the Children’s Garden Home and School.In Brazil, with the support of Service for Peace Brazil, Disney Friends of Change, and their partners,youth participants took on the issues of hunger and poverty. Through the successful development of anorganic vegetable garden, 14 young volunteers helped improve the lives of 200 community residents,including their own caregivers and families. This group of young people, which included ten youth nottraditionally asked to serve, was empowered by the opportunity to actively experience how it can playprincipal roles in transforming circumstances. The youths’ efforts were recognized by the Mayor ofGama who intends to be a continued supporter of this initiative. “The community is very excited with the new organic vegetable garden and it wants the project [to] continue with the support of Service For Peace and its partners, they know they need support to overcome the poverty and they are very hopeful about the national and international support; after the event their self [esteem] went up and they are very proud of their children who are taking responsibility”. – Service for Peace Brazil Disney Friends for Change Project OrganizerIn Honduras, community volunteers in the Community of Peace of Nuevas Flores collected garbage andeducated community members on the importance of keeping their community clean.Service for Peace Guatemala hosted free therapy sessions for caregivers of children with special needs.The event was organized by Service for Peace and student volunteers who are studying physical therapyat the Mariano Gálvez University in Guatemala.In Nicaragua, Service for Peace volunteers planted trees and created a community vegetable garden atMartha Susana Gutiérrez Primary School in the Comarca Samaria community and Villa Carlos Fonsecamunicipality.
Watch President Clinton’s GYSD keynote atwww.YSA.org/GYSD/2011/clintonWatch Miss America on Fox & Friends atwww.YSA.org/GYSD/2011/missamericaand NY1 WPIX-TV at http://bit.ly/MissAmericaGYSD2011
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ScaleTotal number of youth volunteers – 13,096Diversity AgeRace/Ethnicity Ages 5-12 – 38%African-American – 26% Ages 13-18 – 43%Asian American – 5% Ages 19-25 – 12%Latino/Hispanic – 14% Ages 26+ – 7%Native American – 2%Caucasian – 48% Youth not traditionally asked to serveOther/Not Reported – 5% Low-Income – 52% Youth with Disabilities – 5%Gender Youth in Foster Care – 2%Male – 41% Youth in Justice System – 2%Female – 59% Other – 15%
Impact on YouthThrough the State Farm Good Neighbor Grant projects: 49% of students increased their attendance. 77% of students increased their motivation. 84% of students increased their knowledge of a community issue. 76% of students improved their communication skills. 72% of students increased their problem-solving skills. 84% of students increased their teamwork skills. 75% of students increased their responsibility.Lincoln IB World School - Fort Collins, CO: Students demonstrated teamwork each day because theywere in groups that were in charge of a particular vegetable seedling start. They showed their greatresponsibility for the plants in coming in at different times during the day to check on them, Each time Iran into someone in the community and talked about the project, they mentioned that they were proudto have students actively engaged in solving community problems.Impact on CommunityTotal volunteer hours contributed = 199,378Total number of people served = 86,185Success StoryProject: VISION, Inc. - Chicago, IL: “Youth enhanced not only their own knowledge about tobacco use inthe community; they were able to promote awareness for these issues in the community. Many youthwere surprised by the lack of knowledge about the harms of tobacco use among their peers and evenadults in the community. Also the Operation Storefront activity opened their eyes to how inappropriateadvertising of tobacco products can indeed affect youth in the community. By speaking with local storeowners and urging them to be more responsible for tobacco product placement and marketing, youthwere able to build communication and well as problem solving skills. In addition, teamwork was anessential part of the implementation of the final photovoice gallery project. Teams of 4-5 youth workedtogether to compose and shoot meaningful photos, edit photos, create captions, as well as createeducational fliers and posters to help educated the community.”
Lead Agency & MLK Lead Organizer Overview 2011Number of GYSD Volunteers 124,357Age 5-12 30%Age 13-18 42%Age 19-25 19%Age 26+ 9%Male 45%Female 55%African-American 20%Asian-American / Pacific Islander 3.5%Caucasian 59%Latino/Hispanic 12%Native American 3.5%Other Race/Ethnicity 2%Youth from Low Income Families 28%Youth in foster care !%Youth in justice system 2%Youth with disabilities 2%Other youth not traditionally asked to serve 3%Agree or Strongly Agree:Content / knowledge learned 90%Increased engagement in learning 79%Strengthened workforce skills 85%Improved personal development (social, 84%emotional, behavioral)Increased commitment to civic engagement 48%Total Hours Served 668,023Average Hours Per Volunteer 5.3Number of People Benefited 564,453Number of Media Stories (print, radio, TV) 371Number of Elected Officials Engaged 914Number of Partner Organizations 3,736
Lead Agency HighlightsAmong the 92 Lead Agencies and Lead Organizers were several state service commissions, nationalservice programs, and Cities of Service. They included:Oregon VolunteersOregon Volunteers launched two mini-grant programs, Fostering Inclusion and Community. FosteringInclusion supported projects that are inclusive of people of all abilities, and Community was a programopen to any youth or community organizations wanting to develop GYSD projects.Montana Governor’s Office of Community ServiceThe Montana Governor’s Office of Community Service also had multiple mini-grants available.Montana’s focused on encouraging more service projects in rural areas.Serve NebraskaWith a number of mini-grants for youth-led projects and their youth council, Serve Nebraska ensuredyouth voice was prominent in their GYSD. In addition to working with AmeriCorps members across thestate, Serve Nebraska engaged the extensive network of HandsOn affiliates in the state to bring theopportunity to serve to more communities.Iowa Commission on Volunteer ServiceIowa’s service commission distributed mini-grants to young project organizers to plan and implementservice events across the state on GYSD. The commission engaged over 2,000 youth this year inbeautification projects, food drives, and other community-specific projects.Michigan Community Service CommissionThe Michigan Community Service Commission coordinated statewide service projects with the help oftheir Service-Learning Youth Council. In addition to working with organizers for Earth Day projects tofocus on the environment, they again participated in Adopt-A-River campaign, cleaning rivers andwaterways in various parts of Michigan.Louisiana Serve CommissionThe state service commission for Louisiana awarded six grants to three school districts and threenonprofits partnering with public schools to organize service projects on GYSD. Applicants were askedto focus on the environment for the day. In addition to working at the state level, LSC has reached out toBaton Rouge’s Chief Service Officer, Blythe Daigle, to promote the opportunity with her network.America Reads MississippiAmerica Reads Mississippi engaged their 89 Junior Citizens Corps Clubs in service projects on GYSD.While their primary focus was emergency preparedness and community safety, the Clubs also workedon projects promoting literacy, the environment, and other community issues.City Year New HampshireCorps members in New Hampshire worked with all of their school sites in Manchester on GYSD to serveby preparing renovation projects at various sites and conducting food drives. All projects weredeveloped by students working alongside AmeriCorps members as team leaders.Minnesota Alliance With Youth
The AmeriCorps Promise Fellows hosted by Minnesota Alliance With Youth organized their GYSD kick offcelebration at the Mall of America Best Buy Rotunda. The event included on-site service projects and anaward ceremony sponsored by Delta Dental, honoring outstanding youth leadership in service.True North AmeriCorpsYMCA’s True North AmeriCorps, the City of Duluth, the Minnesota Education Corps, and the DuluthPublic Schools Office of Service Learning teamed up to celebrate Global Youth Service Day. The signatureproject was the beautification of Enger Park. Youth picked up trash, brushed trails, raked leaves,removed buckthorn, and were trained to spot emerald ash borer and gypsy moths.City of Little RockLittle Rock’s GYSD kick off event was a youth forum, held at the Clinton Presidential Library, followed byservice projects. Organized by the Clinton Presidential Foundation, the Alliance for a HealthierGeneration, and a number of schools, nonprofits, and businesses, the event engaged 3,000 attendees.NYC ServiceNYC Service, the mayor’s office on volunteerism, partnered with Up2Us to host the Service ThroughSports summit on April 16. The summit gathered student athletic teams and provided youthparticipants with leadership development and service-learning training through hands on serviceprojects.MLK Day – Semester of Service Lead Organizer HighlightsNeighborhood Leadership Institute – Cleveland, OHStudents from Neighborhood Leadership Institute after-school programs in Cleveland, Ohio hosted 15“fireside chats” in neighborhood centers throughout Cleveland on MLK Day. These community dialogueswere led by youth, and engaged community members of all ages. As part of each dialogue, participantsidentified the top challenges in each neighborhood and designed a plan for students to lead efforts toaddress these issues throughout their Semester of Service.YMCA of Greater CincinnatiOn MLK Day, students from around Cincinnati led a service project in Fountain Square, packing foodbags for youth in after-school programs who need food at home over the weekends when they are not atschool or in after-school programs. The next day, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati hosted a youthleadership forum for students from 5 area high schools to kick-off a Semester of Service utilizing Fulfillthe Dream, a leadership development curriculum that uses media, movement, and music to developleadership, relationship, and citizenship skills. Each student participating the program developed andimplemented a culminating service project for Global Youth Service Day.Ohio Family, Career, and Community Leaders of AmericaOhio FCCLA chapters kicked off a Semester of Service focused on childhood obesity. The Anna HighSchool FCCLA chapter organized a fitness event for their school and community while the Fort LoramieFCCLA chapter organized a “Drink MILK on MLK Day,” in partnership with the National Dairy Council andthe National Football League’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” campaign.
Program OverviewUnitedHealth HEROES is a service-learning, health literacy initiative designed to encourage youngpeople, working through educators and youth leaders, to create and implement local hands-onprograms to address the issue of childhood obesity.Program HistoryMicrofinance grants of up to $1,000 each were awarded to programs that demonstrated a clearunderstanding of the health risks associated with childhood obesity; proposed creative solutions tocombating obesity in their schools and communities; and could be easily implemented, scaled andmeasured. • 2008-2009: 100 grants were awarded to schools and youth-focused, community center-based programs in 15 states. • 2009-2010: 261 grants were offered and awarded in 35 states plus the District of Columbia. • 2010-2011: 333 grants were offered and awarded in 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
ScaleThrough this program: • 39,309 youth volunteers were engaged. • 179,697 people were served. • 515,361 volunteer hours were contributed.Impact94% of grantees submitted post-project summaries. Through the HEROES project: • 49% of students increased their attendance. • 81% of students increased their motivation. • 69% of students increased their knowledge of childhood obesity. • 67% of students improved their communication skills. • 64% of students increased their problem-solving skills. • 69% of students increased their teamwork skills. • 80% of students increased their responsibility.Media“HEROES” generated more than 600 media placements via television, radio, print, and online media aswell as social networking and blogs. • Miss America 2011 highlighted a NY-based grantee on the national morning show, “Fox and Friends. • ESPN highlighted the program at University of Florida.
Sodexo Lead Organizer HighlightsHandsOn NewtonHandsOn Newton worked with 3 higher education institutions in Covington and Atlanta. GYSD activitiesincluded a meal-packaging program at Emory University; reflection and discussion with Emory facultyabout engaging students in this issue; and kicking off community gardening program for the summerWashington & Jefferson CollegeW&J hired 7 students to serve as hunger task force student leaders to lead a new task force to educateand engage peers in trainings and service projects. At least 100 W&J students served at one of 6 sites:the Greater Washington County Foodbank, 3 smaller pantry projects, and 2 city mission food kitchen theweek of GYSD.Earth CareOn GYSD, Earth Care worked with City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Public Schools and Roots and Shoots at aproject at the Santa Fe Community Farm, which donates all food to local schools and food banks.They also organized a celebration at elementary school, distributing information about childhoodhunger and helping students plant seedlings to start home gardens.
Sodexo Youth GrantsProgram OverviewSodexo Youth Grants is a service and hunger initiative designed to encourage young people, workingthrough educators, youth leaders, and Sodexo employees to create and implement local hands-onprograms to address an established food insecurity need in the applicants school or community.Offered through all 50 states, 25 grants were awarded at $500.Sodexo Youth Grants delivered the following measurable results:ScaleThrough this program: • 1,233 youth volunteers were engaged. • 17,745 people were served.Impact88% of grantees submitted post-project summaries. Through the Sodexo Youth Grants projects: • 19,208 food items collected and donated. • 4,609 individuals received emergency food from community kitchens or food banks. • 4,159 individuals received nutrition education. • 15 community gardens were created. • 27 immigrant or refugee individuals received assistance or services. • 49 orphaned, homeless, or street youth received assistance or services. • 165 items collected and donated (clothes, household supplies, toiletries, etc.) • 238 individuals received financial literacy training and/or services.Media • Sodexo Youth Grants generated 29 media hits in national and regional publications including The Washington Post, The Hartford Courant, The Omaha Star, Health and Medicine Week, The Daily Record, Capital Business, and Earth Times. • Sodexo Youth Grants had 35,889,344 media impressions and nearly 35 million readers were reached. Coverage included print and online media as well as social networking such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter
Disney Friends for Change funds youth-led community projects that create environmental changesaround issues of waste, habitat, climate, and water. The projects which are organized as part of GlobalYouth Service Day – the largest service event in the world – serve as vehicles for young people to take onleadership roles in conservation efforts, bring creativity and innovation to solving problems, and sustaintheir volunteer participation to solve problems. Through the Disney-YSA partnership this year Friendsfor Change awarded 60 $500 grants to projects in 28 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean,Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, South East Asia, and the United States.ScaleThrough this program: • 8,289 youth volunteers were engaged. • 111,443 people were served.Impact on CommunityThrough Disney Friends for Change projects: • 184 sites were cleaned, beautified, and/or painted • 265 murals were painted • 117 energy audits performed • 45 structures were weatherized
• 287 acres of national or state parks, or other public lands, were cleaned • 10,709 trees were planted • 1,231 animals were protected • 127 acres of wilderness preserved, protected, or created • 12 rain gardens were built • 6,034 square miles of rivers, lakes, or other waterways were cleaned or improved • 279 tons of materials were collected and/or recycled • 32,774 individuals were educated or trained in environmentally-conscious practicesSustainability • 96% of respondents stated that their project would continue, be repeated or replicated.Impact on YouthGrantees were asked to describe major impacts of the service experience on the young volunteers. Areview of these narrative responses point to a number of key outcomes: increase in knowledge aboutenvironmental and conservation issues; acquisition of job readiness skills (teamwork, goal-setting,communication, partnership development, initiative); and increased awareness and confidence abouttheir own capacity to create change. Sample excerpts include: • The project leaders and other youth gained relevant skills from our project including teamwork and taking initiative. The project coordinator is 11 years old and before our project, many youth of Tanzania thought that children under 18 years old can not make an initiatives like that. From this project, children under 18 years old saw that they can think and realize a big initiative that can save even the entire country of Tanzania, they created a confidence in them that will even help Tanzania in future years. – Cyunya, Tanzania • I feel that many of the participating students were able to see the benefits of forming relationships among community organizations. The students experienced the value of networking with individuals within organizations that are involved on projects together; that communication is very important and that a teamwork approach to implementing projects is much more effective than trying to do many things on your own. –Belene, Bulgaria • The whole experience was great! I had never been part of anything like it before, maybe because we youth never sort of bothered to do something instead of complaining about things. I discovered that we can do so much more as a team that has a goal. It was a massive change from the usually pessimistic me and the belief and encouragement from everyone involved got us all to believe in ourselves in being able to make a difference. –Shenika from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka • As a volunteer on the project, I realized how important greenery is to city life for both the people & environment. I understand how difficult it can be to maintain green growth in a city, and what measures have to be taken to promote healthy trees & plants. The appreciation I have for keeping green trees & plants healthy in urban areas is much greater! –Elizabeth from Cincinnati, OH
The STEMester of Service program was evaluated by RMC Research. In the 2010-2011 academic year, atotal of 1,054 STEMester students and 349 comparison students in grades 6-8 completed matched pre-and post-surveys.STEMester student respondents came from 25 schools located in 10 different states plus Washington,D.C.: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, andWashington. Comparison student respondents came from 11 schools located in Washington, D.C. andthe six states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, and Washington.Key findings of RMC’s evaluation include:STEMester service-learning students had statistically significant higher gains in academicengagement, 21st century skills, interest in STEM courses and skills, and interest in STEMcareers than the comparison group. Comparison student scores decreased over time in the fiveoutcome areas related to academic engagement, academic competence, 21st century skills, interest inSTEM courses and skills, and interest in STEM careers, while scores for service-learning studentsincreased over time in all seven outcome areas. Effect sizes were fairly small overall, but still relativelylarge for the field of service-learning.
Teachers reported that service-learning impacted students in all measured outcome areas.Perceived impacts were highest for students’ increased ability to work with others from diversebackgrounds, to be engaged in school, to possess greater leadership skills, and to collaborate withothers. Fewer impacts were seen in the areas of improved school attendance and academicperformance.STEMester students identified science, math, writing, and reading as areas in which theyacquired the most skills and experiences as a result of participating in service-learning. Scienceand mathematics topped the list of areas in which students believed they had developed the most skills.As the quality of service-learning programs increased, as reported by students, so did students’ratings in all outcome areas. Higher student ratings of service-learning quality were associated withincreased ratings in all outcome areas being measured. The strongest relationships were betweenstudent ratings of program quality and civic dispositions, 21st century skills, and STEM measures.Students’ ratings of academic engagement increased when teachers said they linked service-learning with the curriculum, engaged students in meaningful service, provided youth voice,and promoted an understanding of diversity and respect among all participants. Students alsohad higher ratings of interest in STEM courses and skills as teacher ratings of youth voice increased, andhad higher ratings of interest in STEM careers when teacher ratings of promotion of diversity wereelevated.Teacher ratings of duration and intensity were significantly related to student ratings ofacademic engagement, civic dispositions, interest in STEM courses and skills, and interest inSTEM careers. As service-learning duration and intensity increased, so did students’ ratings for thesefour outcome areas.Community partners reported positive impacts on their organizations as a result of workingwith schools that implemented service-learning projects. The partnerships were perceived to haveresulted in sustained or continued relationships with schools and a heightened public profile for theorganization within the community.Community partners and teachers agreed that service-learning projects had positive impactson communities. Both groups reported that service-learning activities were beneficial for individuals,community organizations, and communities as a whole. Teachers added that service-learning activitiespositively changed the way community members view young people.During the 2010-2011 academic year, STEMester students contributed a combined total of 45,274hours of service. According to the Independent Sector, an organization which establishes the value ofvolunteer time for nonprofit and governmental organizations, the current national average rate of valueis $21.36 an hour. By this measure, STEMester students contributed $967,053 worth of time to theirrespective communities.
EASTERN EUROPE In their first year serving as the Regional Partner for Eastern Europe, the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program alumni office in Moscow, Russia expanded the scale of Global Youth Service Day in the region, inviting new partner organizations and U.S. Government alumni to take part in the GYSD campaign. The FLEX Alumni Office hosted a series of webinars and put together online training materials for potential project leaders to ensure that they had sufficienttraining and the opportunity to share their ideas and develop their projects with American Councils staffmembers.FLEX Alumni Coordinators were required to organize a minimum of one GYSD in their region for the 2011campaign. The coordinators were encouraged to work with other U.S. Government alumni, regionalpartners, and U.S. Embassies, and the FLEX City Representative community of over 100 Eurasian FLEXalumni volunteers to organize larger events involving more youth. In addition, the FLEX Alumni Officereached out to alumni of different U.S. Government sponsored exchange programs to support theirproject ideas and give them logistical support, trainings, and promotional materials to implement theirevents.
The FLEX Alumni Program also offered FLEX alumni matching grants up to $500 to hold GYSD projects.FLEX alumni organized outstanding events with youth in their communities for GYSD 2011 with thefinancial backing of the grants program and with regular FLEX Alumni Program funds.The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program is a program of the American Councils for InternationalEducation, an organization that advances scholarly research and cross-border learning through thedesign and implementation of educational programs since 1974. American Councils is a leadingAmerican education and international training organization, administering over 30 exchange andtraining programs, including U.S. government and non-U.S. national fellowship programs. Theorganization develops partnership programs between individuals and institutions in the U.S. and thecountries of Eurasia and E. Europe, consults on project design and education innovation programs, andactively contributes to the development of Eurasian language and area studies in the U.S. Withadditional representation in over 30 countries, American Councils strives to expand dialog amongstudents, scholars, educators and professionals for the advancement of learning and mutual respect.WESTERN EUROPE 2011 marks the UN International Year of Youth and the European Year of Volunteering. The Foundation for Democratic Youth utilized these two campaigns to launch the European Youth Service Day Initiative as part of Global Youth Service Day 2011 celebrations. By launching European Youth Service Day, DIA piloted a campaign that aims to create a better cohesion among the different youth service organizations and events in the region, as well as an annual European tradition. ! DIA identified key Country Partners in various countries in Western Europeand shared their experience and GYSD successes dating back to 2006 through the dissemination of abiweekly newsletter to all key stakeholders and GYSD participants. The newsletter provided writtenguidelines on all major topics including volunteer recruitment, communication, and GYSD projectregistration. Additionally, DIA provided a high level of continued support through regular onlinecommunication via Skype and email in order to provide partners with the highest level of coordinationsupport. !!On Global Youth Service Day 2011, the Foundation for Democratic Youth reported the most successfulGYSD in Hungarian GYSD history. DIA coordinated 211 projects throughout Hungary and engaged 31,000Hungarian youth as service leaders and volunteers. GYSD projects focused mostly on the followingissues: environment protection and sustainability, healthy lifestyle, spring cleaning of parks, publicplaces, playgrounds, inside/outside renovation of buildings, planting, gardening, visiting the elderly,children, and animal shelters. All of these projects were designed and executed by young people, with aspecial emphasis placed on the emotional and professional training of the volunteers and preparationsfor the post-project reflection and evaluations. DIA organized a central event in the capitol cityBudapest, hosting a running gala for visually impaired or otherwise disabled young people. With over150 youth volunteers coordinating the event, the Gala aimed to provide an opportunity for young peoplenot traditionally asked to participate in sporting events the chance to do so and to provide the youthvolunteers the experience of working alongside peers with disabilities. The event was widely promoted
youth volunteerism. In the words of Harrison Amevi, “I am important to my country because I am agood citizen.” The official GYSD launch ended with Nana Ama Agyeiwaa, winner of the 2010 GhanasMost Beautiful (cultural reality show) and Millennium Development Goals Ambassador, inspiring thecrowd to take action with the statistics and information she provided on Ghana’s environment andsteps the youth could take in volunteering to promote environmental sustainability and strengthen thenation.The official launch was followed by a clean-up exercise in a rural community in the outskirt of Kumasi,Ghana – Pakyi No. 2. Along with Nana Ama Agyeiwaa, the children cleaned the town around their schooland engaged in a competition to see who could collect the most trash. These young people felt greatabout volunteering in their community and one of Ghana’s leading news stations, TV3 was there tohighlight such positive youth-led developmentAt YPWC’s northern site, Global Youth Service Day celebration activities took place in Kinkangu of theBunkpurugu/Yunyoo District. Young people were trained to control bushfires, initiated a clean-upcampaign and learned to nurse seeds and transplant seedlings. On the 15th of April 2011, the youth of thecommunity gathered with the community leaders and YPWC Youth Action Ambassadors (YAAs) at theKingkangu Junior High School to engage in dialogue about community environmental issues. The youthwere excited about the chance to interact with the adults and expressed their general views about thecommunity. There was a collective training on bushfire prevention and the importance of countering thegrowing deforestation and desertification problems. Mr. Gazeri Dujing, a community leader, concludedthe meeting by telling a story of unity’s ability to provoke development in a community. It told of birdsthat decided to sing an African chant in unison (instead of their individual songs) so that farmers wouldprovide food for them. The Honorable Assemblyman Laar Sambian closed the first day’s activities byexpressing his gratitude for the charge young people took in helping to sustain their environment.On the second day 16th April 2011, a sanitation training was lead by YPWC Youth Action Ambassadors andAction on Rural Child Development (ACRD) volunteer members and given to community members of allages. Immediately following, a clean-up Campaign took place at the Kingkangu Community MaternityCentre and the local market.YPWC’s Global Youth Service Day activities culminated with an educational, interactive exercise led byYPWC Project Officer Matthew Nyannube Yosah and volunteers of YPWC. Young people were taught tonurse seeds and transplant seedlings, with the additional help of Mr. Gazeri Dujing who is proficient innursing, transplanting and grafting of mango trees. Having participated in such activities, participantswere compelled to make promises to practice such environmental care on their own. These promisesemerged from the lessons of unity, practices of sanitation, and the knowledge about the importance ofstopping bushfires by not burning plants, bushes and cutting of trees without replacing new ones – allacquired during GYSD.Young People We Care is a registered youth-led, non-profit organization that advocates for sustainabledevelopment, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and the promotion of a culture ofpeace and universal human rights for all. YPWC strives to provide a youthful voice that seeks toaddress the numerous challenges facing leaders of tomorrow by effectively using young resourcefulminds to influence the course of global policy formulation and development in a consistent andharmonized manner. The mission of Young People We Care is to educate and inform youth about globalissues, inspire youth to take action, and identify and build sustainable partnerships aimed at youthdevelopment. YPWC links a network of some 400 affiliate groups in 22 countries.
ASIA In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2011, the People’s Institute for Development and Training (PIDT) incorporated GYSD service projects into the year-long campaign celebration the International Year of Youth and as a lead up to the International Decade of Volunteering. PIDT hosted a large public rally to promote the perspectives and involvement of youth as contributors to national policy and changemakers in addressing climate change. PIDT also organized a large event called Volunteer Voices in collaboration with the United Nations Volunteers and Team India ( IYV+10) to help lend a voice to young volunteers who are creating projects and programs that have sustainable impacts on their communities. As the Regional Partner for Asia, PIDT participated in the International Association for Volunteer Efforts (IAVE) World Conference on Volunteering inSingapore in January of 2011 and led a workshop which highlighted Global Youth Service Day as abenchmark day of service.People’s Institute for Development and Training (PIDT) is an organization that works towards capacitybuilding of those who are marginalized and it has a rich history in grassroots action with communitiesof the underprivileged in the rural areas of Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh andurban areas of New Delhi in India. PIDT actively engages youth as community leaders and directlyoperates a school for 600 underprivileged children, as well as about 20 non-formal school centerscatering to poor and school drop outs. PIDT aims to develop an inclusive, egalitarian, co-operative andanalytical society where the social, developmental and environmental needs of all concerned areadequately met. YUVA Unstoppable celebrated Global Youth Service Day by hosting an environmental film festival to educate Ahmedabad youth about the need for environmental conservation and government policies that promote sustainable development. YUVA Unstoppable also organized a “Random Acts of Kindness” campaign to encourage young volunteers throughout the Region to initiate their own serviceprojects to make their communities better places.YUVA Unstoppable is a Premier Volunteer Movement with a work-force of 100,000 youngsters providingman-power and resource support to 300+ NGOs and Municipal Schools across 32 cities of India. Themission of YUVA Unstoppable is to make Young People kinder by providing them a platform to volunteerin NGOs, Slums and Municipal Schools. Till date, YUVA Unstoppable has put-in more than 600,000volunteer hours in service.
and well attended by local celebrities and dignitaries, including international opera singer ErikaMiklosa, who is also one of the Ambassadors of the European Year of Volunteering 2011.DIA estimates that approximately 60,000 Hungarians benefited from the GYSD service projects carriedout during the weekend of Global Youth Service Day. This number takes into account the individuals whowere directly impacted by the projects, such as the children in a foster home or the citizens of a villagethat was cleaned up, and the people who were reached through personal stories, such as the parents orclassmates of volunteers.The Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA) is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to createopportunities for youth to develop democratic values and skills through experiential learning. In orderto achieve this, DIA is developing young people’s citizenship skills through community-based learningin Hungary. DIA is currently implementing a variety of programs including the creation of a nation-widenetwork of more than 200 volunteer youth groups, grant funding for volunteer youth groups, andschool-based programs promoting the culture of active citizenship through developing activecitizenship, and entrepreneurship skills.MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA As GYSD Regional Partner for the Middle East and North Africa, AVS held a three day Youth Forum as part of its IAVE Regional Volunteer Conference for the Arab Nations, held March 27-29 in Beirut, Lebanon. 21 youth leaders from key youth organizations participated from nine different Arab countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen, including five organizing youth from Lebanon. The Forum included discussions on the state of youth volunteering in the region, training on what is volunteering, why volunteer, rights and responsibilities of a volunteer, and how to plan and develop a volunteer project, as well as training in how to use social media to engage volunteers and promotevolunteer opportunities. Participants were given special training related to Global Youth Service Dayand encouraged to involve their peers and networks in GYSD projects this year and beyond. The youthalso participated in a tree-planting project two weeks prior to GYSD. The Conference and its YouthForum had been scheduled for September 2010 which would have allowed more opportunity forparticipants to organize GYSD in their own countries. The postponement of the conference meant thatparticipants had only two weeks after the end of the Forum to work on GYSD. Participants from Algeria,Yemen, and Palestine, however did manage to do some projects. And the Forum participants, inspiredby GYSD, decided that they will launch GYSD-inspired campaign focused on youth volunteering in theregion in late July (which they call Shama’a, meaning “Candle”) rather than wait until GYSD next year.As the Regional Partner for the Middle East and North Africa, AVS participated in the InternationalAssociation for Volunteer Efforts (IAVE) World Conference on Volunteering in Singapore in January of2011 and led a workshop which highlighted Global Youth Service Day as a benchmark day of service.The Association for Volunteer Services was established in 1998 to promote, facilitate, and improvevolunteering and community service throughout Lebanon and beyond. It has always been concernedwith the development of youth volunteering in the region. In 2006, AVS published the book Learning to
CARE: Education, Volunteering, and Community Service to help schools develop effective serviceprograms. In 2009, AVS released an Arabic edition of the book and this year hosted a training programfor country teams from 7 countries of the region: Mauritania, Tunisia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria,Jordan, and Lebanon. AVS has been the Country Partner for Lebanon since 2001 and this is their secondyear serving as the Regional Partner for the Middle East and North Africa.LATIN AMERICA As a Regional Partner for Latin America, Un Techo para mi País mobilized volunteers and communities in six countries to construct transitional houses for 613 marginalized beneficiary families living in conditions of extreme poverty. Volunteers in Costa Rica, Mexico, Uruguay, Honduras, Haiti, and Argentina were recruited from local universities and received training from localoffices of Un Techo para mi País. Un Techo para mi País headquarters, based in Chile, coordinated eachof the constructions with local branches.Un Techo para mi País GYSD activities coincided with their annual building campaign which takes placeannually during Holy Week. 4,291 volunteers participated in this campaign.Un Techo para mi País (UTPMP) was founded in Chile in 1997 by a group of university students. UnTecho’s mission is to improve the quality of life of impoverished families through transitional housesand social inclusion programs in a joint effort between university volunteers and the communities. Wedenounce the precarious reality of the slums where millions of people live, involving the entire society inthe task of constructing a Latin America that is more united and inclusive, without the injustice ofpoverty. Un Techo para mi País invites society to recognize the injustices of poverty and acknowledgesits responsibility to address the lack of opportunities and the poor living conditions of the mostmarginalized families in Latin America and the Caribbean. For the second consecutive year, Corporación Grupo Tayrona served as the Regional Partner for Latin America and the Caribbean. As a youth led organization and a GYSD partner since 1999, Corporación Grupo Tayrona utilized their own experiences coordinating GYSD at the national level to identify key partners to coordinate GYSD within their respective countries.In Colombia, Corporación Grupo Tayrona hosted a huge rally in Bogota to launch Global Youth ServiceDay and educate youth and the community at large about the importance of volunteerism andcommunity service as invaluable tools for personal and professional development, as well as thepositive development of the country. The culmination of Global Youth Service Day 2011 was marked bythe 10th International Student Summit for Sustainability, hosted by Corporación Grupo Tayrona, whichtook place in Bogotá – Colombia from 1st to 6th March – 2011. The Summit, a learning and exchange spacefor interaction between students and different stakeholders to enhanced understanding, inspired actionand collaborative student-run projects focused on climate change, marked the official culmination ofGlobal Youth Service Day 2011 in Colombia.
Corporación Grupo Tayrona is an environmental, nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonreligious organization runby an interdisciplinary team of professionals, youth and children interested in environmental andeducational work on a voluntary basis. The organization aims to build an environmental culture andsustainable development in Colombia and Latin America through advocacy, social mobilization,empowerment and citizen participation, in turn promoting coordination and cooperation in varioussectors and actors. Grupo Tayrona has served as a Country Partner for GYSD for the past ten years.The National Volunteer Center of Peru (CENAVOL), serving as a Regional Partner for the first year,coordinated Global Youth Service Day activities as part of a larger celebration for the International Yearof Youth. In Peru, CENAVOL organized a national campaign titled the “Institutionalization of theCelebration of Global Youth Service Day.” The campaign aimed to institutionalize the celebration ofGlobal Youth Service Day across Peru through dissemination of information about Global Youth ServiceDay and trainings on GYSD project planning. CENAVOL mobilized and engaged youth andrepresentatives from state institutions, civil society, universities and schools, and internationalorganizations. As part of their efforts, CENAVOL hosted a university volunteer conference at theUnviersidad Nacional Agraria La Molina on April 14th, 2011, to bring together university youth fromaround the country to discuss a national youth volunteer strategy and to network with volunteer serviceorganizations.!On April 17th, CENAVOL volunteers hosted a youth parade in Lima to celebrate the contributions youngpeople make in Peruvian communities throughout the year. Groups of youth broke into flash mobs andperformed songs and dances. The parade was followed by a youth volunteer fair and exhibition,organized by Comisión Nacional de Voluntariado (CONVOL) and Ventanilla Municipality. The eventprovided a forum for young people to find open volunteer opportunities with local organizations andshowcase their own volunteer service projects that are creating positive developments in theircommunities.!!As a member of the International Association for Volunteer Efforts (IAVE), CENAVOL mobilizedorganizational partners around the region to organize Global Youth Service Day projects in theircountries.!! The National Volunteer Center (CENAVOL) civil association is a nonprofit organization that seeks tocontribute to national development through the integration of national volunteerism. CENAVOLpromotes coalition efforts between civil society and the state as a way to contribute to nationaldevelopment.!!!EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA For the second consecutive year, Kenya Slums Youth Development Organization was selected to serve as the GYSD Regional Partner for East Africa. KESYDO is an organization that works to build a society where slum youth access opportunities to realize their potential and participate fully in the economy and civic processes with dignity. The organization promotes youth engagement to develop a system where all youth living in slums will have an opportunity to basic education, health,
entrepreneurial skills, clean environment, jobs, shelter, food, clothing and special education for thosewith disabilities.During the weekend of Global Youth Service Day, KESYDO in conjunction with Nairobi City Councilthrough their one stop Youth information centre organized cleanup activities in the eight Districts ofNairobi and in the three big markets in Nairobi’s Central Business District. During the clean upexercises, youth volunteers trained by the Ministry of Health also provided free HIV testing services andover 1,000 youth accessed free HIV counseling and testing services. Through the Cleanup activities,KESYDO mobilized more than 10,000 young people living in Nairobi and engaged key stakeholdersincluding local government administration officials, Liverpool VCT, and various local youth groups.KESYDO also represented GYSD at the 23rd United Nations governing council meeting that took place onApril 11-15, 2011 with the theme “sustainable development.” Numerous foreign and local dignitariesfrom various UN member countries were in attendance and more than 20 youth groups attended andexhibited their products from all over the world. The meeting was officially opened by His Excellency thePresident of Kenya Mwai Kibaki and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. More than 3000 peopleparticipated in the meeting and organization exhibition, and KESYDO’s organization and GYSD exhibitwere well received.WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA On March 30, Young People We Care organized a creative arts workshop for Young People We Care’s Development Education Club of Pakyi No. 2 Islamic Junior High School The workshop began with questions about youth volunteerism and the environment. Each student was required to close their eyes to envision the present environment and jot down one word to describe it. Words ranged from ‘polluted’, to ‘degradation’ and ‘vegetation’ – but even included ‘beautiful.’ Some were then asked to stand to act out (without words)how the environment made them feel. Humorous, yet realist responses were expressed. Each studentthen drew pictures of how they could volunteer to preserve their environment. Their last exerciseentailed completing sentences in which the starting lines were given. “I wish…” “I dream…” “I hope…”“I am…” “I can give…” “My service…” The students unknowingly composed a creative poem thatcompelled others to marvel at their visions for the nation’s environment.On 31st March, YPWC officially launched Global Youth Service Day on the campus of University ofEducation, Winneba – Kumasi Campus and local radio station Mynd FM 103.9 captured the entire event.Over three hundred young people filled the auditorium to kick off this year’s theme – “YouthVolunteerism and Environmental Sustainability.” A popular radio talk show host was the mistress ofceremony and began by introducing the Presidential candidate for Conventions People Party (PapaKwesi Nduom), who fantastically began by empowering the youth with his initiatives for youthengagement in the building of the nation. He has implemented a volunteer programme for young peopleto travel to various villages and rural communities to teach young children basic subjects. His speechwas followed by that of a representative of Ghana’s National Youth Council. He represented the needs ofthe youth and articulated that it would take a joint effort of stakeholders and young people toaccurately highlight the ways youth could become involved in development issues and thus solicit theirparticipation. Students from Pakyi No. 2 Islamic Junior High School then performed their original poementitled “Inspiration.” Lines included those wishes, dreams and hopes for a better environment through