Choose Your GYSD Project

Young people are awesome. Take the time to celebrate youth and the contributions they make throughout the year during GYSD.

Host a Celebration Event

  • Directly thank the young people who have served their communities throughout the year by hosting a celebration event. Present awards (or certificates or prizes, etc.) to youth volunteers.
  • Host a community forum, school board meeting, or town council meeting with influential community members so young service leaders can present what they know about identifying community needs and creating a service project. Thank them for their service to your community.

Engage Media

  • Many people love to be thanked publicly. Write an article for the school or community newspaper about how a young person you know has worked to make your community a better place.
  • Invite media to your service project to learn about the contributions from youth in your community.
  • Give shout-outs on your social media platforms to youth who are changing the world. Remember to tag them and #GYSD!

Advocate on Behalf of Youth

  • Call on your school, group, organization, or faith community to add or strengthen youth service or service-learning programs.
  • Find a group to join and serve with in the future – a class, club or activity at your school; a youth development group like 4-H, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Camp Fire, FCCLA, FFA, Girl Scouts or Girl Guides, Girls Inc, YMCA, YWCA; or a faith-based community. (These organizations may host membership drives on GYSD.)

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