Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. GYSD is celebrated each year in over 100 countries.
Each year, millions of children and youth around the world work together with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, volunteer and national service programs, government agencies, faith communities, and other individuals to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities on Global Youth Service Day
YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA (YSA) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles.
Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership, and achievement.
The impact of YSA’s work through service and service-learning is measured in student achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities.
Our goals are to:
· Educate youth, teachers, community organizations, media, and public officials in the power of youth as problem solvers.
· Engage children and youth as volunteers, as academic achievers, and as community leaders.
We do this through:
· Public Mobilization Campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day, Semester of Service, Service Vote and engaging public officials;
· Funding and Recognition through grants and awards geared toward youth, educators, service-learning coordinators, and program partners.
· Resources and Training includes the GYSD Planning Tool Kit, the Service-Learning Curriculum Guide, the National Service Briefing, the Youth Service Institute, webinars, and individual support.