oneworldonegoal2FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2014

Large scale projects organized in more than 100 countries; world’s largest service event highlights power of young people

United Way of Dane County is proud to join youth all over the world in celebration of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). GYSD has been part of the national youth volunteer movement since 2002 and has mobilized over 2,000 local Dane County youth every year to get out and give back to the community. This year local youth volunteers will be focusing on projects which improve the community in the areas of Education, Safety and Health, identified through our community’s Agenda for Change. These projects include local neighborhood and park clean-ups, building picnic tables for community families, cooking and serving food at a local community center, and so much more. GYSD is sponsored by CUNA Mutual Group, Globe University, State Farm Insurance and Youth Service America.

 Local highlighted projects include
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Time/Date Organization Project
April 19/10:00am-1:00pm Student United Way Red, White and Read
April 22/9:00am-12:00pm Center for Families Painting Walls and Stenciling Ducks
April 22/10:30am-12:00pm East Madison/Monona Coalition for the Aging, Inc. Opening Act Entertainment for Seniors
April 25/4:30pm-6:00pm Community Action Coalition for South Central WI, Inc. Sorting and Hanging Free Clothing

“It is inspiring to see youth in our community come together and make change happen,” says Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO. “Volunteers, like these youth, are the heroes in our community making Dane County a great place to live!”

Now it’s in 26th year, GYSD is celebrated in more than 100 countries, and recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. Organized by YSA (Youth Service America), a leader in the international youth service movement, Global Youth Service Day offers youth, ages 5 to 25, the resources and support to plan meaningful projects that improve their communities.

“Congratulations and thanks to the young people of Dane County for their work to improve their community,” said Steven A. Culbertson, YSA president and CEO. “On Global Youth Service Day, the world stands in awe as we see what’s possible when kids take the lead as problem-solvers.”

About Youth Service America

YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people, ages 5 to 25, serving in substantive roles. Through grants, service-learning programs, mobilization campaigns and resources, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. YSA’s signature campaign, Global Youth Service Day, is the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and takes place in more than 100 countries on six continents. Learn more at Connect on Facebook and on Twitter @gysd.

 About Our Community’s Agenda for Change


  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.


  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.


  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County.