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?
- 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
- Organize an event where local nonprofits can exhibit and students can find volunteer opportunities throughout the year - especially for the upcoming summer months for when they're out of school!
- Find human rights project ideas and organizations that can help you serve on GYSD.
- Be an Everyday Young Hero Tipsheet: Spreading Refugee Awareness through Student Organizations - raise awareness in your community about refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the struggles they face
- Be an Everyday Young Hero Tipsheet: Elevating Youth Voices Through Slam Poetry - encourage youth to share their thoughts and give them the platform to do so through hosting slam poetry events.
- 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