It’s time to focus on Global Youth Service Day, the largest service event in the world! Global Youth Service Day recognizes the role that young people, ages 5-25, play in improving their communities. This year, Global Youth Service Day is April 15-17, 2011.
Volunteering to Make a Difference and for Character Development
Regardless of how busy our children are, I think it’s important that they learn the value of giving back, of making a difference. As much as I was proud of my kids for their accomplishments, I was as proud or prouder of the fact that they gave back as they were growing up.
I loved that both Will and Christina were awarded the Broadmoor Skating Club Jr. Volunteer of the Year Award. Will was the results chairperson for the Broadmoor Open a number of years, and Chrissy co-chaired it with him when she was old enough.
Will and Chrissy were both DJs (and Will still is) and used their announcing skills as competition announcers for the Broadmoor Open and State Games of America (Will for Four Continents in Colorado Springs as well). They also played music for skating test sessions and competitions, were runners, and worked with competition sales. They helped with Learn to Skate and Special Olympics Learn to Skate.
Not only did their volunteer experiences help Will and Chrissy develop a number of life skills, but consistent volunteering reinforced the importance of giving back. I appreciated that sports helped my kids develop character, and volunteering through their sport was another way for that to happen. There were other ways my kids gave back through food drives and other events, but for them, sports were an essential part of their volunteering.
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) Resources
According to the GYSD website:
Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. GYSD is celebrated each year in over 100 countries.
For Global Youth Service Day, children and youth are encouraged to develop projects to help their communities. There’s a Global Youth Service Day Facebook page. The GYSD website has lots of free resources as do Youth Service America and Get Ur Good On. Check out Get Ur Good On’s Ways to GET UR GOOD ON. Youth can register a GYSD project and upload a GYSD project video.
Here’s last year’s Global Youth Service Day video contest winner:
And here’s a short video of Miley Cyrus promoting Global Youth Service Day 2011:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAr7cBv0vK0
I’d love to hear about any Global Youth Service Day projects you (if you’re a young person) or your children or students do!