- "Make the World Healthier on Global Youth Service Day"
- "Make the World Smarter on Global Youth Service Day"
- "Protect the Planet on Global Youth Service Day"
- "Help Your Community Be Prepared for Disasters on Global Youth Service Day"
4. "Seize the Opportunity to Improve the World Around You Through Service" & "Tests Are Boring. Service Is Engaging"
In April, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on students to "seize the opportunity to improve the world around you through service" by serving for a day on Global Youth Service Day, a month through Classrooms with a Cause, or a semester or longer with Semester of Service. During back to school time, we highlighted YSA's Education Impact programs as a way to help students be more engaged and feel hopeful about the future.www.YSA.org/schools
5. "GYSD Becomes Galactic Youth Service Day"
On April 1, Steve Culbertson, YSA's President & CEO, remarked, "It's been 15 years since we grew National Youth Service Day into Global Youth Service Day, and the time is right to expand once again. Engaging all 3.5 billion youth on Earth isn't a big enough goal for us. Also, happy April Fool's Day!"
6. "Your Story Starts Today: Global Youth Service Day is Here!" & "The World Is Better Because of You"
10. "#WeStandStrong on 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance", "New Disaster Prep Training Videos" & "Born on 9/11: Hope"
In partnership with Save the Children, 9/11 Day, and the Corporation for National & Community Service, YSA called on youth leaders to help their communities be prepared to stand strong during disasters by organizing disaster preparedness awareness events (Prep Rallies) and community service projects (Prep Projects) on September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. www.YSA.org/911day
11. "The SDG Generation" & "On The Brink of Something Historic"
On International Youth Day in August, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remarked: "This is the largest generation of young people in history - and with this agenda, they can shape history. I call today's youth the 'SDG generation.' Young people can mobilize the world. They can lead us to a better future." In September, leaders representing 193 countries officially adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals during the United Nations General Assembly.
12. "The Future Is Here. Make It a Good One."
We celebrated Back to the Future Day on October 21 by sharing the wisdom of Doc Brown: "Your future hasn't been written yet. No one's has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one."
13. "Youth Service for the Global Goals" & "Announcing the YSA Global Goals Contest"
Throughout the year, many headlines promoted the availability of Disney Friends for Change Grants, ABC Summer of Creativity Grants, GYSD Lead Agency Grants, National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Grants, Good Neighbor Innovation School Grants, and more. See a listing of all YSA Grants programs at www.YSA.org/grants
INVEST IN YOUTH-LED SOLUTIONS IN 2016 & BEYOND
As the world adopts new Global Goals, we share our progress over the last year to help all young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.
Thank you to all the youth volunteers, partners, and project organizers represented in the numbers below for being a part of a global movement of youth changing the world. Here's a snapshot of what we've accomplished with you over the last year:
In 2016, people in 193 countries begin working towards 17 Global Goals to achieve three outcomes by 2030: End Poverty, Promote Prosperity, and Protect the Planet.
With half the world's population now under age 25, young people will lead the way. So, starting next year, and for the next 15 years, YSA will be focusing all our work to activate, fund, train, and recognize youth towards achieving these goals.
For 2016, this means supporting 7,100 youth-led projects in 125 countries, in partnership with 5,600 schools and organizations, activating 450,000 youth volunteers, ultimately benefitting 3.3 million people on 6 continents.
YSA and Sodexo Foundation are looking for the most innovative and sustainable ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. 125 $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day - April 15-17, 2016 - and beyond. Apply at www.YSA.org/SodexoYouth
SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK
"Better Days" - Goo Goo Dolls
The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2015 is at