Global Youth Service Days 2015
Global Youth Service Days* will be April 17-18-19 this year. GYSD is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth, mobilizing millions of youth in over 100 countries worldwide. It encourages and promotes youth ages 5-25 to engage in volunteer projects in their communities. Lebanon has participated in GYSD since 2001 with up to 80 projects engaging as many as 5000 youth in service projects each year. See further information about GYSD and GYSD Lebanon below.
The Learning to CARE Institute invites adult and youth leaders at universities, schools, and youth groups throughout Lebanon to participate in Global Youth Service Days by implementing service projects on April 17, 18 and/or 19. To see a list of project ideas, click here. We particularly encourage gropus to participate in one project this year:
- Little Free Libraries Lebanon: Little Free Libraries area a global program to establish small free neighborhood free-exchange libraries to promote reading and literacy – the program is global, but the implementation is local.
We welcome your suggesting of other projects we should encourage.
*What is Global Youth Service Days?
"Global Youth Service Days" is an annual program held for three days every April to:
- Celebrate the role of youth in community building and social change
- Mobilize millions of youth worldwide to serve their community through service
- Recognize the year-round contributions of young people to build their communities and their world through voluntary service
GYSD is celebrated each year in over 100 countries, with young people working together -- and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and adult mentors -- to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.
In 2012, the Learning to CARE Institute, in cooperation with the GYSD Lebanon Coordinating Committee, followed in the footsteps of the Association for Volunteer Services which was the coordinator of Global Youth Service Days in Lebanon from 2001-2011. Over the past 14 years (since 2001), thousands of youth in Lebanon (ages
5-25) have planned and implemented over 500 service projects with the support of responsible adults. We hope your youth will participate this year.
Objectives of Global Youth Service Days Lebanon:
- To develop an understanding of volunteering and to encourage it in our youth.
- To encourage youth to identify and target social problems and to collaborate to solve them
- To develop our youth into capable, empowered, socially responsible citizens.
- To provide them with opportunities to actually contribute in meaningful ways.
- To provide youth with volunteer opportunities that cross social barriers of age, religion, abilities/disabilities, and geography.
- To improve the quality of youth service projects.
- To encourage and help NGOs to recruit youth to volunteer for them
- To acknowledge the capacity of youth to contribute to their society
Let us all join together to help our youth (ages 5-25) develop a greater sense of civic responsibility, and give them the skills and opportunities to make a positive difference in their society.