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