Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day

Across the world, youth are planning service projects for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) April 21-23, to celebrate the impact that youth can have year-round! These youth have identified a variety of issues in their community that they want to address. While each of these projects address a local need, the collective impact of their work will demonstrate how youth can be global change makers.

Looking for some ideas?

Education Projects

  • 15 Easy and Free GYSD Project Ideas for Classrooms
  • Kick off a Classrooms with a Cause project that continues through the end of the school year.
  • Use the Read & Act: Kids Making a Difference collection of inspiring children's books from FirstBook paired with free downloadable discussion guides from YSA to help youth ages 6-12, understand how they can use their unique talents, interests and passions to spark action in their own communities.
  • Participate in the national Projects That Work study of school-based service-learning projects.
  • Encourage students to plan GYSD projects to help themselves and their peers meet volunteer hour, community service, or service-learning requirements (especially with end-of-the-year deadlines approaching!)
  • Use GYSD as an opportunity to demonstrate, recognize, or celebrate your service-learning projects. For example, organize a "service fair" where students share what they've learned and accomplished through their service projects. A project display board template is available in our Classrooms with a Cause curriculum.

Community Engagement Projects

Environment Projects

  • This Earth Day (April 22), gather with your community for an Environmental & Climate Literacy Teach-In or another project focused on education.
  • Each year in April America celebrates National Park Week (April 15-23) - a chance to hike, learn, share, and give back in the nation's nearly 400 national parks.
  • Hosted by the National Environmental Education Foundation, EE Week (April 23-29) is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education held each year the week before Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students.
  • This year's Great American Cleanup theme (March 20 - December 31) - "Clean Your Block Party" - encourages all volunteers and participants to take part in a public space Great American Cleanup event and bring the experience close to home by organizing a cleanup or beautification event on your own block, wherever you may live.
  • Youth Guide to the Global Goals - includes ideas and resources for Global Goals #7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), #12 (Responsible Consumption), and #13 (Climate Action), #14 (Life Below Water), and #15 (Life on Land).
  • Be an Everyday Young Hero Tipsheet: Host a Waste Management Education Campaign - address dangerous waste management and other environmental challenges within your community.
  • Be an Everyday Young Hero Tipsheet: Use Macroinvertebrates to Monitor Your Community's Water Supply - lead a group of volunteers to study macroinvertebrates as biological indicators to determine water quality in your community

Post your project to the GYSD list.


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