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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.

Kids in Action

As the holiday break from school continues on toward tearing off another page of the calendar, the last thing on the minds of vacation-lazy kids may be new avenues for working. They spend so much time scheduled into school, homework, sports, arts, there’s hardly time for spontaneous play or just hanging out with friends. Why would they be looking to fill even their vacation time with work?

Not every kid dreams of being of service, but many more might dream that way if introduced to programs where they can fully appreciate and be appreciated for making a real difference in the lives of others. YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by getting young people, ages 5-25, involved in service. We already know that young people who volunteer their time are pretty consistently leaders among their peers, so encouraging the kids in your family to get involved in a profound and meaningful way can help them (like volunteering does for all of us) much more than they are helping others. It’s a well-known maxim in volunteerism that the one DOING the service gets as much or more out of the experience than those being served. YSA engages kids year-round by connecting them to volunteer opportunities in projects near home as well as widespread days of service, semester of service, service learning projects, and more.

Sure, Winter Break can be fun playing the new video games and watching re-runs on TV, but what if Spring Break was a time to really rock your kid’s world? It’s not too soon to start planning together now, before the school bell rings.