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.
- 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.)