Climate Action

Global Youth Service Day Celebrated Worldwide

YSA (Youth Service America), organizer of Global Youth Service Day, partners with Earth Day each year to encourage young people to participate in environmental volunteer projects. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.  GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together–and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and  adult mentors– to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities. These three projects are examples of how you too can participate in GYSD: Earth Day Recycled Art At Nashville’s Earth Day Festival, high school students with Central Ambassadors will be doing art activities with children attending the festival. The activities will use recycled materials and teach the children about saving our environment through reducing the amount of plastic we consume and highlight how important reuse of materials is in our environment today. Find out more here: Community Garden Planting Party Young people in Nevada are serving and celebrating at Winnemucca Community Garden during their Global Youth Service Day/Earth Day Planting Party! They will be planting a spring crop in our Plant-A-Row For the Hungry section, planting a tree, and doing some spring cleaning in the Garden. A cleaner future In the town of Sátão, Portugal there is a small river called “Ribeira da Pena” that used to be beautiful, but due to the pollution it has started to lose its charm. For the Frei Rosa Viterbo school’s project, they will clean it up with the local scouts’ help. This action will be executed during on Earth Day. They will collect the biggest amount of trash that they can find and this will hopefully mean a less polluted river and a brighter future for their town. Learn more at: