GYSD 2016

Global Youth Service Day 2016 Erie Pennsylvania

April 14, 2016

Young People to Take Action to Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals this Weekend for the 28th Annual Global Youth Service Day

World’s largest service event highlights power of children, teens, and young adults; large-scale volunteering projects to take place in more than 100 countries and all seven continents on April 15-17

Youth around the world will serve and celebrate this weekend as part of the 28th annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), April 15 to 17. As the largest service event in the world, GYSD recognizes the contributions that young people make to their communities 365 days a year. Youth-led community projects are taking place in all 50 U.S. states and DC, and in over 100 countries across 7 continents.

All around the world, children and youth are working to achieve the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Youth are making their communities healthier, greener, smarter, fairer, cleaner, and safer. Projects include:

  • An 11th grader in Montana is launching a mobile app to consolidate resources to fight hunger;
  • An education seminar and expedition to Antarctica is inspiring young leaders to preserve the last great wilderness on Earth;
  • A high schooler in Colorado is teaching peers about the Twenty-sixth Amendment to promote civic engagement and encourage peers 18 and above to vote;
  • Youth from the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi are training their peers in peace building and conflict resolution;
  • A college student in Oklahoma is promoting college readiness skills with at-risk elementary schoolers;
  • A 10-year-old in Sevilla, Colombia will create a mobile library to encourage literacy in underserved communities.

These and other stories are at

“For the first time in human history, every young person, in every country on the planet, has the same blueprint for development and sustainability. Our future depends on helping young people to find their voice, take action, and make a positive impact in their communities. We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems – if given the opportunity,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President & CEO of YSA, the leader of GYSD. “Today’s social and environmental problems are immense; we need youth to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow. Global Youth Service Day is about shining a bright light on the incredible power of youth to change the world by achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”

GYSD activities and highlights include:

  • First Lady Michelle Obama is the Honorary Chair for the 6th consecutive year.
  • Thousands of projects are registered on the GYSD Map ( The state with the most projects is Arizona. The city with the most projects is Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The country with the most projects outside the U.S. is Kyrgyzstan.
  • In partnership with First Book and Disney, YSA will launch “Read Act” tip sheets on Global Youth Service Day. The tip sheets use inspiring stories to challenge students to apply their skills and passion to take action in their own communities.
  • 315 NGOs in 100 countries have already signed on as official GYSD Community Partners and are organizing youth-led activities in their local communities.

Global Youth Service Day partners include some of the largest organizations in the world, such as 4-H, After-School All-Stars, BBYO, Big Brother Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire, FCCLA, Girl Scouts, IAVE, iEARN, NYLC, Peace Corps, Rotary, Share Our Strength, United Way, the U.S. Department of State, and the Y. Additionally, thousands of individual young people, schools, and local organizations plan service and celebration events for Global Youth Service Day.