Celebrate Global Youth Service Day by Helping Young People Volunteer

A young woman volunteering in a community garden.

National Volunteer Month is almost here. Why not celebrate by encouraging young people to participate in Global Youth Service Day, the only service event dedicated to children and youth?

The 2016 celebration will take place April 15 to 17. Learn how to get involved by visiting the ‘Pick Your Project’ webpage created by host Youth Service America. That page offers information you and interested young people need to:

  • Create your own project. Check out project ideas across six broad topics, including health, environment, poverty and hunger, education, human rights, and community building. The site also includes a list of organizations working in each area.
  • Find a volunteer project in the community. Search for nearby service opportunities in two leading databases, Volunteer Match and All for Good.
  • Recognize a young person’s service contributions. Youth Service America provides tips for using social media to acknowledge young people who are making a difference. Visit the page to find sample text for creating personalized shout-outs or use the related hashtags #EverydayYoungHeroes and #GYSD.

You can also register for Youth Service America’s learning center to access free training materials and curricula for planning a youth service project. Once you’ve finalized the details of your project, make sure to add it to the 2016 Global Youth Service Day map.

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Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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