World’s largest service event highlights the power of the contributions of children and youth 365 days of the year; Dane County youth join youth across 100 countries to develop leadership skills and strengthen our community.

United Way of Dane County LIVE UNITED Youth are proud to join youth all over the world in celebration of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). Established in 1988, GYSD celebrates and mobilizes millions of young people who improve their communities through volunteerism. Over 3,000 local children and youth will participate in volunteer opportunities on April 22 (Earth Day), 24-26, 2015. This year these children and youth will be working to strengthen our community and create a lasting impact to address critical issues in the areas of Education, Income and Health. GYSD volunteer opportunities include cleaning local parks, hosting donation drives for homeless families, gardening and composting, school-wide Earth Day celebrations, STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) service-learning projects, and mural projects.

Connect with LIVE UNITED Youth on Facebook and on Twitter @LiveUnitedDane.

Local highlighted projects include
(to view more community projects visit VolunteerYourTime.org):

Time/Date Organization Project
April 22/9:00am-1:30pm SouthernCare Hospice Hand Print Flower Pots
April 22/1:00pm-3:00pm Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds “Take a Stake” Storm Drain Challenge
April 22/3:00pm-5:00pm University of Wisconsin-Madison Discovery Building Preparing Cow Eye Balls for Outreach!
April 24/11:30am-1:00pm Lakeview Elementary School & Youth Volunteer Corps Earth Day & GYSD Celebration
April 25/9:00am-11:30am TASC and United Way of Dane County Assemble Food Packets
April 25/9:00am-12:00pm Student United Way & Youth Volunteer Corps Crazylegs Classic
April 26/2:00pm-6:00pm Youth and Unity Summit Youth and Unity On-Site Volunteer Projects

“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 in it’s 27th year, GYSD is celebrated in more than 100 countries, and recognizes the positive impact that children and youth have on their communities 365 days a year. Organized by Youth Service America (YSA), a leader in the international youth service movement, GYSD offers children and 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.”