Global Youth Services Day April 26-28th

Posted on April 8, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Global Youth Services Day (GYSD) is celebrating its 25th national day of service April 26-28th.  Held the last weekend in April every year, GYSD mobilizes youth around the global to make their voice heard through volunteerism.  Established in 1988 by Youth Service America, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. 

The youth of our community are celebrating GYSD in a variety of ways.  Students at McKay High School will host their annual Beautification Day the Saturday before GYSD.  Students will come to school on their own time to clean up the school grounds and the neighboring McKay Park.  Habitat for Humanity has invited youth to participate in their programs and services to support home ownership in our region.  Salem Academy’s Middle and High Schools will leave their classrooms to serve their community in the days leading up to GYSD. 

HandsOn has teamed up with 8 different schools in the Mid-Valley to complete portable service projects in their classrooms.  These projects are part of HandsOn’s Service to Go program.  With so many budget cuts in our schools, field trips are often the first thing cut.  Service to Go is a way to bring Service Learning into the classroom.  Over 500 students will make cat toys for local shelters, decorate placemats for seniors served by Meals on Wheels and create alphabet books for Head Start.  These small items make a big impact on the organizations who benefit from them.  The goal is to also show youth how they can make a difference even with barriers like transportation and requirements to traditional volunteerism.  These projects are made possible through a grant from Youth Service America. 

We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the youth in the community who volunteer.  Thank you for making our community a better place to live.  We hope you also see the value you bring to Salem and the Mid Valley. 

Melissa Padron is the program manager for HandsOn Willamette—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or



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