Global Youth Ser­vice Day is com­ing around again, so get in­volved!

The China Post - - TV & COMICS -

DEAR AN­NIE: Young peo­ple are ready, will­ing and able to tackle the world’s most dif­fi­cult chal­lenges, and yet are vastly un­der­rep­re­sented as ac­tive cit­i­zens, de­ci­sion-mak­ers and prob­lem solvers. We know that young peo­ple are uniquely suited to help solve prob­lems if given the op­por­tu­nity.

1. Fifty per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion is un­der age 25.

2. Brain re­search tells us that young peo­ple are uniquely suited to solve prob­lems if given the op­por­tu­nity. They are wired for nov­elty (learn­ing new things and cre­at­ing new so­lu­tions), risk (try­ing things adults might not) and peer author­ity (kids lis­ten to other kids more than they do to adults).

3. Youth who are en­gaged as ac­tive com­mu­nity mem­bers are more likely to grow up to vol­un­teer, vote and do­nate to char­i­ta­ble causes.

4. To­day’s so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems are im­mense; we need youth to be lead­ers and prob­lem solvers to­day, not just the lead­ers of a dis­tant to­mor­row.

Please let your read­ers know about Global Youth Ser­vice Day, April 17-19. Dur­ing this three-day event, held in the U.S. and around the world, we are ask­ing that young peo­ple raise their voices, claim their place on our GYSD map and tell their story. To­gether with their par­ents, teach­ers and friends, young peo­ple will begin their story of ser­vice and ad­dress un­met com­mu­nity needs. This event spot­lights what youth are do­ing to make a dif­fer­ence. When given the op­por­tu­nity, young peo­ple are great as­sets and re­sources to their com­mu­ni­ties, pro­vid­ing unique per­spec­tives and skills.

For more in­for­ma­tion, read­ers can visit www.ysa.org and www.gysd.org. You can also find us on so­cial me­dia at @ YouthSer­vice on Twit­ter and YouthSer­viceAmer­ica on Face­book. Sin­cerely — Steven A. Cul­bert­son, pres­i­dent and CEO of Youth Ser­vice Amer­ica

Dear Steven Cul­bert­son: Thank you for once again al­low­ing us to men­tion Global Youth Ser­vice Day. Young peo­ple all over the world do such won­der­ful and help­ful vol­un­teer work, not only on this day, but ev­ery day of the year. Global Youth Ser­vice Day pro­vides more op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one to get in­volved. We hope all of our read­ers, young and old, teach­ers and stu­dents, will check out your web­site.

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