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Youth Changing the World: 20th Annual Global Youth Service Day. Thousands of schools, organizations, and congregations planned service projects in 101 countries 223 National and International Partners promoted the event around the world

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    1. Youth Changing the World:20th Annual Global Youth Service Day

    2. Thousands of schools, organizations, and congregations planned service projects in 101 countries 223 National and International Partners promoted the event around the world State Farm is the Presenting Sponsor of Global Youth Service Day in the U.S. Other sponsors include Disney and the U.S. Department of Justice Strategic Partners

    3. Visit the U.S. Celebrations Map to see the range of projects that took place in the United States on Global Youth Service Day. Here are a few examples: In New York City, the Young Women’s Volunteer Summit engaged diverse youth in educational workshops and service activities benefiting women throughout the city and around the world. The Summit was spearheaded by the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues, Mayor Bloomberg’s Volunteer Center, Children for Children, and CosmoGIRL! magazine, in partnership with the City University of New York. In Corona, California Teen Zone engaged over 3,000 youth who studied and delivered reports on different areas of disaster preparedness. Their findings were highlighted during the “Fill the Bus” Carnival, an event dedicated to raising public awareness about homelessness and natural disasters.

    4. Visit the U.S. Celebrations Map to see the range of projects that took place in the United States on Global Youth Service Day. Here are a few examples: More than 1,200 youth participated in Volunteer Frederick's Annual Big Sweep to help beautify the roads in Frederick County, Maryland. Youth were involved in service-learning workshops and wrote letters to tobacco companies about the large number of non-biodegradable cigarette butts they found throughout their community. Youth in Charlotte, North Carolina conducted a number of science experiments, including comparing the energy consumption between incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs. The results of the experiments generated substance for the group’s protest against Duke University’s plan to open a coal power plant as well as other existing laws permitting local residents to utilize energy-wasting resources. Through letter writing campaigns and interactive seminars on GYSD, the group hopes to implement local policy changes.

    5. 70 Lead Agencies led large-scale, high impact service projects in cities, states, and regions in the U.S. and Canada, involving over 180,000 youth. Volunteer Center of Madison County  Anchorage’s Promise  Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona Arkansas Earth Day Foundation  Volunteer San Diego  Volunteer Center of the Redwoods  Excel Afterschool Programs  Youth for Positive Change  Project YES  Our Piece of the Pie  Serve DC  The Campus Kitchens Project  Volunteer Services of Manatee County  Hands On Miami  Georgia 4-H  Hands On Atlanta  Volunteer Macon, Inc.  Cobb Community Collaborative  City Year Chicago  Earthbeat, Inc.  United Way of Central Indiana  Kentucky Child Now  Shreveport Green  Baltimore Adventist Services  Good Knight Empowerment Network Inc & Mothers Against Predators  Volunteer Frederick  Boston Cares  Detroit Youth Foundation  True North AmeriCorps Program  Pillsbury United Communities  MN FCCLA Community Foundation of NW Mississippi  America Reads--Mississippi  Governor’s Commission on Community Service  Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission  University of Nebraska at Omaha  Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada  City Year New Hampshire  Brick Municipal Alliance  The LEAGUE  New Jersey After 3, Inc.  Children for Children  Hands On Charlotte  YMCA Greater Cincinnati  City Year Columbus  The Community Partnership  Oregon Volunteers!  Institute for Global Education and Service-Learning  Lawrence County Community Action Partnership Education Works  Sonshine Avenue Ministries  Arlington Alliance for Youth  Texas Youth Commission  United Way of El Paso County  NVSF Education & Scholarship Foundation City Year San Antonio  Camp Fire USA Tejas Council  Utah Federation for Youth  Vermont Campus Compact  Hanover County Department of Community Resources Family Service of Roanoke Valley Whatcom Family and Community Network  City of Kent Police Department  Service For Peace  West Virginia University Center for Civic Engagement  United Way of Dane County  Wisconsin National and Community Service Board  The Resource Centre for Youth  Alberta’s Youth Volunteer Society  Volunteer Canada

    6. Examples of Lead Agency Projects: Children for Children (CFC) mobilized more than 20,000 volunteers throughout New York State. Working with over 200 organizations - from schools, to youth boards - they developed unique, youth-led projects that addressed critical local and global issues. In addition, CFC's Youth Planning Committee organized “A Healthy Inside, A Healthy Outside” to promote proper nutrition. Oregon Volunteers administered the Fostering Inclusion Mini-Grant Program designed to support GYSD projects that build partnerships between AmeriCorps programs and disability agencies. All projects were planned and implemented by youth alongside adults and youth with disabilities, addressing compelling community needs through service. Volunteer Center of Manatee County hosted its biggest GYSD ever, engaging thousands of youth throughout Florida and hosting more than 100 projects to address animal welfare, disaster preparedness, the environment, and health and human service needs!

    7. Around the World This year, 101 countries participated in Global Youth Service Day. Fifty-one International Coordinating Committee members joined Youth Service America, the Global Youth Action Network, and National Lead Agencies, including Natal Voluntarios in Brazil, the Iraqi Democratic Coalition for Youth Empowerment, the Lembaga Manajemen Pendidikan Indonesia Foundation, and the Russian Volunteer Development Center of IAVE.

    8. Youth from Iraq to Brazil Give Back In Iraq, the Iraqi Democratic Coalition for Youth Empowerment engaged 160 youth from all over Baghdad to teach first aid in several primary and secondary schools. Participants learned how to treat burns and other injuries and received first aid supplies in order to be prepared to respond to emergency situations. Natal Voluntarios in Brazil helped more than 100,000 young people to participate in hundreds of projects around the country, with a common focus on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Also, an annual “State Volunteer Week” was implemented to coincide with GYSD. As in past years, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva officially commemorated Brazil’s GYSD events, proclaiming that “Global Youth Service Day [is] the most expressive, global celebration of youth volunteerism.” ESPN and Disney honored young GYSD volunteers at the X Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    9. Russian and Indonesian Youth Participate! In Russia, the Russian Volunteer Development Center of IAVE organized almost one million participants in this year’s celebration. The organization works to encourage more Russian citizens, and especially youth, to get involved in service in order to strengthen socio-economic conditions within the country. This year they carried out a wide range of activities and events in 15 different regions with the theme “Russia Youth Generation - Energy of Health and Kindness." In Indonesia, the Lembaga Manajemen Pendidikan Indonesia (LMPI Foundation) engaged 60,000 students in projects from more than 75 schools from seven different cities across the country. The theme this year was: Strengthening our Global Future through Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship. Young people used the different service projects to learn about important global issues that affect their communities.

    10. Global Youth Service Day Projects Across Africa In 36 countries across Africa, young people came together to affect positive change in their communities. In Kenya,14 youth organizations organized projects all over the country to celebrate the important contributions of young volunteers. In Zimbabwe, the Organization of Rural Associations for Progress hosted several impressive projects, including the refurbishment of 35 rural schools, a city clean-up, an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, and much more. In Sierra Leone, African Youth for Peace and Development held a clean-up campaign in an orphanage and an elderly home to educate youth volunteers on the needs of the underprivileged and disabled. Meanwhile, Service for Peace held a forum on peace, non-violence, and tolerance in four different communities throughout the country to highlight alternative methods for achieving social change.

    11. GYSD Projects Celebrate World Malaria Day and Earth Day This year GYSD partnered with World Malaria Day on April 25, elevating the role of youth service in solving this global health crisis. The UN Foundation and Youth Service America published a new service-learning module to encourage projects around malaria prevention. Serve DC created covers for malaria awareness activity books for children in Nigeria. In addition, Children for Children and its partners hosted a kickoff event where youth engaged in projects that take action against malaria.  Visit these websites for more exciting information:,, and EarthLab used GYSD to raise awareness about climate change by encouraging students to take the EarthLab Earth Day Challenge and to lower their carbon footprint scores by 15% in 2008. Individuals use a web-based carbon calculator that allows them to save their results, come back, make pledges, and track their reductions over time at

    12. CMT One Country and American Idol star Diana DeGarmo promote Global Youth Service Day! The CMT cable network and Youth Service America joined forces for the second year in a row to help motivate youth for GYSD. American Idol recording artist Diana DeGarmo of CMT’s ‘Gone Country’ was this year’s honorary spokesperson. “On behalf of CMT One Country and Youth Service America, I am delighted to speak to youth about the importance of volunteering. I am inspired and honored to be part of a generation that is recognizing more than ever the importance of giving back.” CMT One Country was launched in the fall of 2005 to promote civic participation and inspire CMT viewers to take action their communities. Led by Advisory Board members President Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou, and General Colin Powell, CMTONECOUNTRY.comoffers tools to help anyone start make a difference.

    13. GYSD Million Trees Project in New York Global Partners: China/ USA GYSD project YSA CEO Steve Culbertson; Karen Daniel, Global Youth Service Day Vice President; and Marcie McDonald of State Farm visit the Plant Hope project in Washington, D.C. “Young people are volunteering and voting at record rates because they are deeply affected by global challenges they see in today’s media. Youth care about what is happening across the street and around the world, and they are motivated to be part of the solution to the world’s problems. On GYSD and throughout the year, their amazing energy, creativity, and idealism are making substantive change.” Steve Culbertson, President & CEO, Youth Service America

    14. The Global Youth Service Day International Media Campaign generated more than 1 billion media impressions! Stories were featured in: Weekly Reader Family Circle Annie’s Mailbox Associated Press PARADE USA Today Wall Street Journal Los Angeles Times Reuters Seattle Post-Intelligence Dallas Morning News Philadelphia Inquirer Baltimore Sun American Baby Justine Magazine McClatchy-Tribune Business News Time Magazine Boston Globe NEA Today Houston Chronicle Atlanta-Journal Constitution Arizona Republic Seattle Times American Teacher Orlando Sentinel Chicago Tribune Washington Post Denver Post Hollywood Reporter

    15. Youth Service America celebrated Global Youth Service Day in collaboration with Partners that supported GYSD through their own initiatives: Alpha Phi Omega America’s Promise Alliance Corporation for National & Community Service National Service-Learning Clearinghouse National Education Association People to People International U.S. Department of State

    16. Thoughts about Global Youth Service Day “A youth from a family where at least one parent volunteers is almost twice as likely to volunteer as a youth with no family members who volunteer, and nearly three times as likely to volunteer on a regular basis.” ~ Corporation for National & Community Service “Mr. President, the participation of youth in community service is not just a “nice idea” for a way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Youth who are engaged in volunteer service, according to recent studies, do better in school than their classmates who do not volunteer. Youth who engage in volunteering and other positive activities are also more likely to avoid risky behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use, crime, and promiscuity. ” ~ U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska “Our youth are energetic, enthusiastic and anxious to improve their communities through volunteer service. They are committedto making a difference. J-Serve gives them this opportunity, and their participation is a way for them to realize theircollective strength and to begin incorporating volunteerism, service, and community improvement into and throughout their lives.” ~ Simha Rosenberg, Executive Director, Jewish Coalition for Service

    17. The U.S. Senate passed a unanimous resolution to commemorate Global Youth Service Day and recognize the significant contributions of youth to their communities throughout the year, with a bipartisan list of 38 co-sponsors. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced the resolution. The co-sponsors include: Senators Akaka (R-HI), Bayh (D-IN), Boxer (D-CA), Brown (D-OH), Burr (R-NC), Cantwell (D-WA), Cardin (D-MD), Casey (D-PA), Clinton (D-NY), Cochran (R-MS), Coleman (R-MN), Collins (R-ME), Craig (R-ID), Dodd (D-CT), Dole (R-NC), Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-WI), Feinstein (D-CA), Gregg (R-NH), Inouye (D-HI), Isakson (R-GA), Kennedy (D-MA), Kerry (D-MA), Landrieu (D-LA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Levin (D-MI), Lieberman (ID-CT), Lincoln (D-AR), Martinez (R-FL), Menendez (D-NJ), Mikulski (D-MD), Murray (D-WA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Obama (D-IL), Specter (R-PA), Stevens (R-AK), and Tester (D-MT). View the Full Resolution Here Additionally, governors in 11 states have issued their own GYSD Proclamations, recognizing the world’s largest service event in their areas.

    18. Corporate and foundation sponsors and nine National Partners helped make Global Youth Service Day a success by awardingover 400 grants totaling over $300,000 to support youth-led service projects. GYSD project in Baghdad, Iraq supported by a Disney Minnie Grant

    19. Partners providing grants include: American Red Cross FCCLA: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Federal Youth Court Program IMF J-Serve National Crime Prevention Council NEA: National Education Association Special Olympics Service for Peace U.S. Department of State Youth For Justice • Sponsors supporting grants include: • State Farm Companies Foundation • Disney • U. S. Department of Justice - Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention • Civil Society Institute

    20. Make every day Global Youth Service Day by exploring these opportunities: • Take your service project to the next level! Find tools and resources at • Stay involved in your community - check for volunteer opportunities • Check pictures and videos from Global Youth Service Day and see what children andyouth did around the world! • Contact your elected officials about community concerns, youth decision-making, and the 2008 Elections at

    21. Celebrate with a Semester of Service In 2008, youth throughout the world joined with Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service to make their project a Semester of Service! Projects were launched on Martin Luther King Day in January and culminated on Global Youth Service Day in April. Research shows that a semester is the ideal length of time to maximize service and learning. During these 12 weeks, young people from elementary schools to graduate research universities identified a problem or unmet need that affects their community, the nation, or the world. They prepared a plan, took action to implement their solution, reflected deeply on their progress and next steps, and celebrated their success! Visit YSA’s Semester of Service for more information and exciting new resources!

    22. The Youth Service Institute (YSI) unites participants from the service, service-learning, and youth development fields for three days of inspiring and innovative training. Youth and adult attendees develop and build their impact and scale by sharing effective practices and engaging in workshops that illustrate the strength and power of the youth service movement. Held in San Diego, California, the theme of YSI 2007 was “Surfing the Wave of Change,” and participants received the tools to embrace the opportunity to conquer some of the world’s most challenging issues through youth service. Please join Youth Service America and other key partners in the youth service movement on October 26-28 for YSI 2008 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s theme, “Across the Street, Around the World,” plans to address topics that bring the world of service to your backyard! For more information, please visit Youth Service Institute for updates on the 5th annual YSI. Make Plans to Attend the 2008 YOUTH SERVICE INSTITUTEOrlando, Florida

    23. Explore thesegrant opportunitiesto support year-round service! Disney Minnie Grant: Grants of $500 are available to support youth ages 5-14 in their continued service efforts year-round. Applications are welcome from all over the world; applicants in India, Russia and China are especially encouraged to apply. Projects can address any issue that youth care about including literacy, hunger, the environment, or the Millennium Development Goals. Applications for the 2nd round will be available in June. State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant: State Farm is proud to team up with YSA in a dynamic partnership to offer grants of up to $1,000 for the promotion of service learning around the U.S. and Canada. Projects are selected for their capacity to combine service with academic learning in order to cultivate well-rounded leadership among America’s youth. Applications are available during the fall semester in order to select projects celebrating GYSD the following spring. Youth applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

    24. Save the date!Global Youth Service Day 2009 April 24-26