Posts Tagged ‘young volunteers’

Global Youth Service Day(s)–April 15-17

Since you’ve got a few extra days to file your taxes (until the 18th this year)–you’ve still got to have SOMETHING significant about April 15, right? How about Global Youth Service Day? It is actually the first of a long youth service weekend. It’s the largest service event in the world, and millions of young people worldwide will initiate and participate in projects like greening and cleaning their neighborhoods, parks, and roadways, planting community gardens, working at literacy programs, volunteering to end hunger, putting together disaster preparedness kits for the elderly, helping create sport programs and safe spaces for play, painting murals to beautify neighborhoods and schools, educating neighbors about animal care or endangered species, making videos for a better community or about global warming, and generally making the world a better place–all over a weekend. It is a huge undertaking, spearheaded by Youth Service America, and now being taken up in over 100 other countries.

If the young people in your life don’t yet have a plan for how they can take part, it’s not too late. Find out how to get involved here. And for the way you/they will spend this weekend, let me just say THANKS, in advance.

Digital Documenters Record Olympic Spirit

The Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012 will transform that city, as they do every city, when the incredible responsibility and honor of hosting arrives. It isn’t just athletics that blossom, but the international spirit of global community and cooperation, and a true spirit of inclusion and participation takes over as well. Digital Documenters London is a group of young people, ages 18-25, who are taking on recording as much of that burgeoning spirit and inspiration surrounding the preparation for, and eventual festival of activities around the games. There is a commitment to strengthening the role of young people in society, harnessing their skills and talents to make a difference. There are opportunities to volunteer and support the hard and creative work in many ways. A key facet of their ethos is The 25th Hour, recognizing that universal truth that when we volunteer and dedicate ourselves to others, no matter how busy we are, it is almost as if our chock-full lives and time commitments move out of the way, and the day feels like it grows an extra hour. Imagine, as they say, if everyone USED their 25th hour–the effect would be enormous. The 25th Hour is “Time well spent.” The group is a nationwide coalition of organizations and individuals who believe that the Olympic and Paralympic Games can inspire everyone in the UK to give their 25th Hour.

David Weir Paralympic World Cup 2008, via London 2012

London or no, how will you use your 25th hour today?