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  • How would you use $150 worth of books to inspire your students?

    First Book and YSA have teamed up to create a unique collection of books that make reading an adventure, and encourage students ages 6 to 12 to think about how they can use their own skills and passions to take action in their communities.   Each book in the Read & Act: Kids Making a Difference […]

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  • YSA and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Announce 2017 Youth Grantees

    Did you know that one in five children in America are at risk of hunger? This is a problem that can be solved by youth across the country, including this year’s Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grantees! YSA and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation teamed up to find 125 youth leaders ages 5-25 from across the […]

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  • Everyday Young Hero: Muhammad Safeer Durrani

    Spark: Human Rights and Peace Education SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong institutions   Muhammad Safeer Durrani is a young human rights activist from Peshawar, Pakistan who is dedicated to promoting peace and justice among youth in his home region. He runs awareness campaigns, serves as a community peace advocate, conducts peace dialogues, and writes […]

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  • Arizona’s Rise to #1 for GYSD

    In 2015, Carla Friedman, Youth Program Manager at the Arizona Governor’s Office reflected on her experience as a State Farm Lead Agency and advisor for the Governor’s Youth Commission. Carla and the youth were determined to have the most Global Youth Service Projects in the United States. In previous years, they did well, but Carla noticed that they […]

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  • Everyday Young Hero: Sajni Vederey

    Spark: STEM SDG 5: Gender Equality Women are vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs, comprising only 25 percent of the entire field. Sajni Vederey (15, Herndon, Virginia) is determined to bring change by making STEM-fields female-friendly. By leading STEM All Stars, an international non-profit, she works towards the elimination of stereotypes and opening more pathways for […]

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  • Youth Protecting Human Rights on Global Youth Service Day

    As organizations and youth pick the projects they want to execute on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), the community needs they strive to address tend to fall into one of six categories: Health, Environment, Poverty and Hunger, Education, Human Rights, and Community Building. Over the next six weeks, we will highlight different Lead Agencies who focus […]

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  • Montessori Education Centre-Charter School Combats Hunger and Homelessness via Service Learning

    Service learning is at the heart of a Montessori community. Maria Montessori believed that education should include the development of social responsibility, and that the most effective learning is active and connected to experience in some way, beginning at a very early age. At Montessori Education Centre-Charter School (MEC) in Mesa, Arizona, Principal Cassi Mackey […]

  • Everyday Young Hero: Justin Chang

    Spark: Climbing SDG 1: No Poverty Justin Chang (16, Seoul, South Korea) is a passionate mountain climber dedicated to serving those in need. His love for outdoor activities motivated him to become part of a mountain climbing expedition to Indian Himalayas. During the expedition, he visited Nepal for the first time, and after coming back […]

  • Implementing Advocacy Strategies and Best Practices

    As you plan your Global Youth Service Day project this year, consider the root cause of the community issue or problem that your project is focused on. For example, if you plan to lead a group of friends to clean up and install new trash cans at your local park on GYSD, ask yourself, who’s […]

  • Everyday Young Hero: Rock Lee

    Spark: Art SDG13: Climate Action Rock Lee (13, Seoul, South Korea) is an environmental activist who believes that anyone can change the world in 15 minutes. Rock started an environmental group called Earth Kids Foundation that organizes weekly clean-ups around the Han River Park in Seoul and educates the community about environmental protection. To support […]

  • Bringing Back the Butterflies for GYSD

    Benjamin, 14, is one of YSA’s 2016 Disney Summer of Service Grantees. His project, “Bringing Back the Butterflies”, was created to help the local species of monarch butterflies by planting milkweed. As part of his school’s curriculum, students find an issue that they are passionate about and create a project that will address this issue […]

  • Egg Harbor Township School District Kicks off Community Day with Garden Projects

    With the hope of connecting schools, families and the community for youth success, Egg Harbor Township School District will kick off its new ‘Community Day’ program by building an outdoor classroom/school garden at E.H. Slaybaugh Elementary School to help put the natural world where students will learn the most: at their fingertips. Egg Harbor Township […]

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  • Everyday Young Hero: Kacie Frith

    Spark: Crafts SDG 3: Good Health and well-being Kacie Frith (12, Honolulu, Hawaii) knows better than anyone the importance of building bridges between generations. Her project MessAGING with Love helps create important connections between the young and the elderly through a series of gift cards that share personal stories of centenarians in Hawaii. To make […]

  • Athens High School Gets Healthy for Global Youth Service Day

    At Troy Athens High School, two students are taking their passion for yoga and transforming it into a means of sharing pathways to better health through their service. Troy Athens High School, located in Troy, Michigan, is a YSA Good Neighbor Impact School. Assistant Principal Dan Mills joined other grantees in Washington, DC for a strategic planning session […]

  • Bringing Joy to Hospital Patients on Global Youth Service Day

    Siena, 14, recognized that while it can be difficult to be a teenager, it’s even harder to be a teenager that spends a large portion of time as a patient in a hospital. Inspired by her best friend’s journey, who was born a head conjoined twin, Siena decided to take action and bring joy to […]

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  • Taking Action on Health- Lead Agencies and Community Wellbeing

    As organizations and youth pick the projects they want to execute on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), the community needs they strive to address tend to fall into one of six categories: Health, Environment, Poverty and Hunger, Education, Human Rights, and Community Building. Over the next six weeks, we will highlight different Lead Agencies who […]

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  • Activating Youth 365 Days a Year

    On Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) April 21-23, 2017, youth leaders and activists all over the world will organize awareness, service, advocacy, and philanthropy projects in their community. While thousands of projects will culminate on GYSD, youth and adults have spent countless hours organizing and leading service activities that have allowed them to make an […]

  • Everyday Young Hero: Kenneth Xu

    Environmental literacy for every global citizen is an important priority given the impact of climate change.  Kenneth Xu (17, Chapel Hill, North Carolina) combined his love for nature and outdoor activities with community service, and founded Student Environmental Education Coalition to spread awareness about environmentalism among his peers. He teaches his fellow youth how to […]

  • Service 365: Global Youth Service Day and Beyond

    Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world, and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. At YSA, we believe that service should be the common expectation and experience of young people all year round, not only on Global Youth […]

  • Q&A with Dr. Edward Metz about the Projects That Work Study of School-Based Service Learning

    Projects That Works is a new national research study of school-based service learning. The study examines what project types are successfully done in different courses, with information on how these projects are implemented. The goal of the study is to provide teachers and students data-driven information to guide the selection, design, and implementation of new […]

  • Dale Una Mano a Costa Rica participates in its first GYSD

    Meet Dale Una Mano a Costa Rica, a non-profit organization that fosters leadership and promote cultural exchanges through service-learning trips to Costa Rica. Started in Bataán, Costa Rica in 2009, Dale Una Mano a Costa Rica has organized many trips with people who are equally passionate about service, while learning about different cultures. With great […]

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  • Ideas to Help Immigrants and Refugees ASAP

    Following the Trump Administration’s order last week to temporarily halt the U.S. refugee resettlement program and block people from a handful of countries from entering the United States at all, many have been wondering how to help. Use YSA’s ASAP model for taking action (Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy) to help immigrants and refugees in […]

  • Everyday Young Hero: Nikhil Sharma (17, Florida)

    Spark: robotics and coding Social issue: after-school education enrichment and technology learning outcomes for all   The speed of technology development can be overwhelming and challenging to keep up with. Traditionally, younger students, minorities, and women have been excluded from STEM opportunities in the classroom. Nikhil is addressing this issue by bringing diversity to STEM […]

  • Everyday Young Hero: Josie Droz

    Youth-run lemonade stands are a favorite fundraising pastime. How many of those youth will use the money they raised to change lives? Josie Droz (9, Bellevue, WA) started her own charity called Josie’s Well after raising 30 dollars through running a lemonade stand in her neighborhood. The charity builds wells in small villages in Ghana […]

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  • Everyday Young Hero: Alyssa Castille

    GLOBAL GOAL #16: PEACE AND JUSTICE Alyssa Castille (9, Garden Grove, California) is a passionate fighter against hate and racism. She created the “I AM” organization that tackles color-based discrimination and hate, and embraces human value and individuality regardless of color and race. Alyssa’s creativity gave birth to badges which have a color on them and […]

  • YSA’s 2016 Nice List

    The memes saying 2016 was one of the most horrible years ever might be trending, but as we look back, there’s a lot about 2016 that makes us proud and hopeful about what we will accomplish together in 2017. Here are the 16 groups of people we are most proud of supporting this year… chances […]

  • Building Your Organization’s Capacity to Effectively Fundraise

    “The two most important things to being successful is, you can’t be afraid of failure and you have to be willing to learn by doing,” -Michael Gale, Senior Program Manager at GlobalGiving. We at Youth Service America and GlobalGiving know all too well many of the pressures organizations feel constantly seeking new funding opportunities, staying up […]

  • Phoenix Good Neighbor Impact School Creates a Culture of Service

    At Reyes Maria Ruiz Leadership Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, principal Adam Sharp and his team of educators are creating a culture of service by placing servant leadership at the forefront of the curriculum. Reyes Maria Ruiz Leadership Academy is a State Farm Good Neighbor Impact School, selected by YSA. As a Good Neighbor Impact School, […]

  • Everyday Young Hero: James Aschkenasy (13, Pennsylvania)

    Spark: building partnerships and seeking available resources Social issue: proper eye care for every individual   Desire to give something back to your community at an early age is truly admirable. However, when a young person is motivated by his or her personal experience with the issue, it is even more inspiring. James Aschkenasy, a […]

  • Everyday Young Hero: Erinn Aulfinger (17, Ohio)

    Did you know that less than one-third of teenage girls feel confident about themselves by the time they reach high-school? As a result, 75 percent of girls who suffer from low self-esteem tend to engage in negative social activities and risky behavior. Erinn Aulfinger knows that the physical and emotional transition from a girl to a […]

  • #ThanksObama

    “Service binds us to each other and to our community and to our country in a way that nothing else can.” – President Obama As President Obama leaves office, he leaves a legacy of deep support for the power of service to create change and the importance of youth engagement and leadership in communities. Here […]

  • Everyday Young Hero: Kady McKenna

    As a Girl Scout, Kady understands the importance of using resources wisely and doing what she can to protect the Earth. In fact, it was after a Girl Scout meeting when she asked her mom where all of the old iPads and cell phones her family and other families used had gone. When she learned […]

  • Running to Cure Rare Diseases

    The Be an Everyday Young Hero series provides project replication guides to enable you to tackle pressing local, national, and global community issues. This guide in the series, ‘Running to Cure Rare Diseases,’ will teach you how to raise awareness about diseases that affect nearly 30 million Americans and to raise money to support organizations that […]

  • 7 Ideas for MLK Day of Service 2017

    MLK Day of Service is Monday, January 16. here are seven ideas on ways to celebrate: Sign up to receive daily challenges to strengthen your community during DoSomething.org’s National Week of Action January 16-21. Use the day to celebrate National Mentoring Month. Honor mentors in your community, recruit new mentors, provide training to mentoring programs or […]

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  • Everyday Young Hero: Trey Pope

    Trey Pope, 17, Cedar Grove, North Carolina, cares about the sustainable development of small towns and communities in his home state. He has been conducting livestock auctions since he was a child to raise funds for local community wellbeing. Thanks to his unique ability to conduct real auctions, Trey became involved in multiple community groups and […]

  • Young People Hold the Key to Road Safety in India

    Yesterday on the YSA blog, we explored how YSA and UL are changing the conversation on road safety in India through our Safer Roads, Safer India program. Today, Sarah Barrie (Director of Grants, YSA) and Chris Wagner (Director of Partnerships, YSA) share their firsthand accounts of traveling across India to equip others with the skills […]

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  • YSA and UL Step Up Road Safety in India

    With an average of 15 deaths every hour caused by road accidents, road safety is the largest public safety challenges India faces. As the safety thought leader, UL (www.UL.com) works on game-changing ways to address road safety in India. For over 30 years, YSA has engaged youth in youth-led solutions on a variety of issues […]

  • Everyday Young Hero: Ian McKenna

    Ian Mckenna(11, Austin, Texas) became a fighter of childhood hunger in his local community from a young age. He combined his passion for gardening and nutrition with a desire to help others to found Giving Garden, which provides food through local school and community gardens to low-income families. Ian is eager to fight hunger in […]

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  • Everyday Young Hero: Ashar Yahya

    Ashar Yahya (17, Dubai, United Arab Emirates) is the founder of a charity cricket tournament (“Cricket for a Cause”) intended to help low-income kids from developing countries pursue education. He has combined his passion for his favorite sport, entrepreneurial spirit, and desire to help young people who are less privileged than him. With the help […]

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