Global Youth Service Day (which is actually multiple days) is coming up April 28-30 and is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world and the only one that celebrates and builds the capacity of all youth ages 5-25 to help our communities and democracy thrive by working together for the common good. In 2022 there were 565 global partners and almost 600 participating communities joining together to create change and a lasting impact both locally and globally.
Why is this important? Research indicates that early civic engagement is mutually beneficial to young people and to the communities in which they live and/or participate. Additionally, it has been found to lead to better mental health, higher levels of education, as well as higher household incomes. Volunteering and giving back not only creates more connected communities, it also creates safer communities. Youth who volunteer and give back in their community are 50% less likely to engage in risky behaviors.
Youth who volunteer and are involved within their communities have been shown to have higher success at problem solving and negotiation and building relationships and being a part of their community and giving back teaches a strong sense of empathy and citizenship during years where development of self-awareness and awareness of others is critical.
This is a great opportunity for youth ages 5-25 to engage with their community, give back, and feel a sense of pride. There is still plenty of time to get youth in your community and life involved and making an impact. Not sure where to get started? Need ideas for how to get involved? With tons of free resources to plan and promote a day of service it has never been easier to get involved.
The Global Youth Service Day website offers many different ways to get involved and recognize those youth that are giving back. From printing certificates to recognize youth volunteers to a list of partner organization who encourage youth volunteers to registering and educating new voters there are a plethora of options and ways to participate.