There’s still time to focus on Global Youth Service Day, the largest youth 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 was scheduled for April 17-19. But…
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re extending the dates of Global Youth Service Day through June 19, 2020. Any activities reported through that date will be counted as part of GYSD 2020.”
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 Christina co-chaired it with him when she was old enough.
Will and Christina 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 Christina 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.
Now, I’m working together with my kids/kids-in-law to help my grandkids make a difference. You can read about many of our kindness projects here.
Global Youth Service Day Resources
According to the Youth Service America website:
“Global Youth Service Day 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.”
For Global Youth Service Day, children and youth are encouraged to develop projects to help their communities. Youth Service America has lots of free resources in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian!
Be sure to check out the #DoGoodFromHome Challenge!
“For every kind act shared through the #DoGoodFromHome Challenge, Hasbro will donate up to 25,000 toys and games to organizations providing care to the children of COVID-19 essential workers. You can be kind to someone in your community and also help the helpers across the country and the world!”
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A Simple Safe Service project from home: Let our essential workers know we care with kind messages of thanks and gratitude. Let your working neighbors know how much you appreciate them and the work they are doing to keep the community safe. #dogoodfromhome #learningtogive
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A Simple Safe Service project from home: Interview a grandparent or elderly friend to find out what they did for fun when they were young, and how it is the same and different than you. Follow your phone or video interview with a card in the mail! #DoGoodFromHome while #LearningtoGive
Note: The 33rd Annual Global Youth Service Day will be April 23-25, 2021.
Be the Change!
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