Global Youth Service Day

What is GYSD?

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest annual celebration of young volunteers, where millions of young people in countries everywhere carry out thousands of community improvement projects. GYSD is an annual global event organized by Youth Service America and the Global Youth Action Network, together with numerous International Organizations and National Coordinating Committees that celebrates, recognizes, and mobilizes (a) the year-round contributions of young people to build their communities and their world through voluntary service, and (b) the contributions made by the community (public, private, and nonprofit sectors) for empowering young people, especially through mentoring.

GYSD offers a way for local, national, and international organizations to:

* BUILD the capacity of an international network of organizations that promotes youth participation, service, and learning;
* EDUCATE the public, the media, and policy-makers about the year-round contributions of young people as community leaders around the world;
* MOBILIZE youth and adults to meet the needs of their communities through volunteering; and
* LEARN and share effective practices in youth service, youth voice, and civic engagement in the world today.

Official Web site

Additional Information and Resources

Project Planning Tool Kit

GYSD Events for 2009!

Arlee Community Clothing Swap, organized and staffed by students of Arlee High School on April 25 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Arlee High School gymnasium. Everything will be free, including food and drinks as well as clothing for all sizes and seasons. Donations of clothing and volunteers are welcome now until the day of the event. Contact Tabitha Espinoza, Montana Making $ense member at (406)207-2218 or Dori Knoll, AmeriCorps member at Arlee Schools (406)726-3216 ext. 2213.

Billings The MSU-Billings Campus Corps team and Conservation Corps will be joining forces along with high school key clubs and environmental clubs for the Great American Clean Up! They will gather together on Saturday April 25th to clean the rim rocks in Billings, then will celebrate with a BBQ afterward. For more information, please contact moc.liamg|nagem.gnuj#moc.liamg|nagem.gnuj

Butte Campus Corps of Montana Tech in Butte and a Montana Making $ense member are hosting Little Digger Day on the 21st of April. They will bring about nine hundred 1st through 6th graders from the Butte School District to the college campus for a day full of food and games. To participate in this event, please contact Heather Corcoran at 406-496-4692. A second project is with 20 kids from the Human Resources District Council. They are organizing a fundraiser to provide care packages to soldiers deployed abroad. They will bake and sell Indian tacos on April 7 and 21. To participate in the second event, please contact Michaelynn Hawk at moc.oohay|hnnyleahcim#moc.oohay|hnnyleahcim

Crow Agency MM$ member at the Crow Agency Housing Authority, Amica Morning, and the Meth Free Crowalition, are planning a highway cleanup project with local students. They plan to clean a span of MT Hwy 90 and put up a sign to credit the youth.

Havre MSU-Northern Campus Corps team and student volunteers will be hosting "can-struction". Student volunteers form teams which will solicit donated food in order to build the best can structure. The public will vote on which team has constructed the best sculpture out of the donated items. Items will then be donated to the food bank. For more information, contact Sue at ude.nusm|sprociremA#ude.nusm|sprociremA

Helena Helena will be celebrating Global Youth Service Day by having a day of communtiy service. There will be a kick-off event at Women's Park at 11:00 a.m. with food, fun, and special guest speakers. Registration will begin at 10:30. Service groups will depart for fun service activities around the communtiy at 11:30. Service projects include painting a playground, working a recycle drive, and many more. Service teams will return at 3:00 for more fun, food, and games. Volunteers get a Global Youth Service Day t-shirt, food, the satisfaction of serving the Helena community and fun memories!

To sign up to serve, go to and click on the Global Youth Service Day link. Dont forget to tell your friends!

Kalispell Montana Conservation Corps Youth Crew Leaders will work with local youth on opening day of Kalispell Community Gardens. Their goal is to assign plots, assist gardeners, and create stable path to wheelchair accessible plots. In addition, the group will deliver container box gardens to community members and organizations that would benefit from having a garden plot but are unable to maintain a plot at the actual garden. There will also be demos throughout the day on how to build/use the container box gardens. Saturday, April 25th - 10am to 3pm Kalispell Community Gardens
Liberty & Hawthorn
Kalispell, MT, 59901
United States

Livingston Parks Cleanup. Saturday April 25th, 11:30AM-3:30PM, Sacagawea Park. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park County as we “Pick Up The Parks” for Global Youth Service Day. While Global Youth Service Day is about Youth serving our community, this project isn’t limited to youth only. We need the participation of community members of all ages to make this a success. You do not have to be involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters to participate in this event. Global Youth Service Day is the largest service day in the world, won’t you help us make it even bigger? We want to make this a day where the Livingston community comes together to show our support for our city and parks. Show up with your friends, family and co-workers. Enjoy an afternoon with your fellow community members participating in something everyone will benefit from. For more Information visit:

Miles City In conjunction with Global Youth Service Day and the Miles City Multicultural Club, we are having our local youth create dessert dishes that represents different cultures around the world. The dishes will be presented to the community and members will have a chance to taste the various desserts. As part of admissions we ask participants to bring one canned good that we will donate to the local food bank. Please contact Everet for more information at 253-222-4715 or email him at moc.liamg|iy.tereve#moc.liamg|iy.tereve. We welcome participants and volunteers who willing to make dishes.

Missoula Community Gardening. On Saturday, April 25th, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. In collaboration with Garden City Harvest, the Poverello Center, and the Joseph Residence at Maclay Commons, Sentinel High School Students and AmeriCorps volunteers will participate in the GYSD at the Eaton Street Community Garden, digging the new "Garden of Eaton." Students will meet at Sentinel High School, transportation will be provided. Contact: Zoe Zulakis, Montana Justice Foundation VISTA (406) 523-3929 with any questions.

Missoula Community Gardening. On Saturday, April 25th, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Local Youth and AmeriCorps volunteers will participate in the GYSD at the Moon-Randolph Homestead. Volunteers will be helping to clean the chicken coup and goat shed, organize tools, work in the garden, and prepare grounds for the annual May Day Party. Bagged Lunches and Transportation will be provided. Prepare for the weather and wear something that you're not afraid to get dirty! Participants will meet at the Northside Park, on the corner of Worden Ave. At Colley St., Missoula MT 59802. On-site parking arrangements can be made for those with disabilities. For Questions regarding this project please contact Zoe Zulakis, GYSD Coordinator (406-523-3929), or the Moon Randolph Homestead at (406)728-9269.

Examples of Past Events/Publicity

2008 Helena Press Release
2008 Missoula Press Release
2008 GYSD Poster
2008 Statewide Report

2008 GYSD Photos from Helena
2008 GYSD Photos from Missoula


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