Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day

What is Global Youth Service Day?

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest youth service event in the world with millions of youth in more than 100 countries engaged in community service and service learning projects. UT Arlington’s Big Event will again be partnering with GYSD, making it one of the largest community service events of its kind in North Texas. Over 3000 youth plus 1000 college students will make great contributions to our communities. Listen to past youth groups tell their story (click here).

The City of Arlington Provides a “Thank You Celebration for Youth” on GYSD (11:30 am to 1:30 pm) at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington. All participating youth groups are invited to attend, enjoy a free lunch and entertainment, and celebrate the many youth groups and youth that will be honored for their great work in our community.

Key 2016 Calendar Events:

  1. Steering Committee Meeting Dates:
    • Feb. 29: Youth Group Registration Day
    • Apr. 1: Grant Day – Group checks; contest submissions. All youth group leaders are required to attend. (Venue TBD)
    • Apr. 16: Global Youth Service Day Groups complete projects; and attend City Celebration (11:30a – 1:30p) at Levitt Pavilion.
    • Apr. 30: Data Day when all youth groups submit Completion Reports
  2. Events and Completion Reports:
    • Apr. 16: Global Youth Service Day Coalitions complete projects; and attend City Celebration (11:30a – 1:30p) at Levitt Pavilion.
    • April 30: Data Day when all youth groups submit Completion Reports

How Can Your Youth Group be Involved?

If you have a youth group that is interested in participating in Global Youth Service Day on April 16th, you may sign up as a group and host your own project on the Day of Global Youth Service Day. This year we are not requiring the coalition aspect of the sign-up process. If you are working with different youth groups, please add them under “Name of Youth Group” when you sign up. All groups must sign up by the Youth Group Registration Day on February 29th. To sign-up as a group, (click here).

What Contests Are Available for Youth Groups & What Honors and Grants Can be Earned?

Each of these contest are broken out into age groups (Elementary, Jr. High, and High School) to provide a level of fairness and encourage participation. Winners are announced, trophies presented, and grant checks provided at the City’s Thank You Celebration for Youth.

  1. Best Service Project of the Year Contest: Every youth group participating in GYSD or in most of our Small Grants Programs (click here) may participate in this contest if they have completed service projects since April 2015. Entries must be delivered to the 3rd Steering Committee Meeting on March 20th. Honors include a trophy and a grant to help that group complete additional community service projects prior to April 2016 (see details).
  2. Arlington’s Youth Service Leaders of the Year Contest: Every youth group participating in GYSD or in most of our Small Grants Programs may participate in this contest if they have completed service projects during the past year (see details).

Facts about Global Youth Service Day (GYSD)

GYSD Goals:

  • To mobilize youth to identify and address the needs of their communities through service and service learning.
  • To support youth on a lifelong path of service and civic engagement.
  • To educate the public, the media and policy-makers about the year-round contributions of young people as community leaders.

To Learn more about GYSD, click here.

Global Youth Service Day Sponsors:

We appreciate Youth Service America’s role in organizing this event in the United States. A very special thanks also goes to the State Farm Companies Foundation, the presenting sponsor for Global Youth Service Day.

Our major local sponsors that want you to succeed include:

  • Arlington Alliance for Youth
  • Arlington Independent School District
  • The University of Texas at Arlington, Student Affairs Division
  • City of Arlington
  • First Rate Inc.
  • Star-Telegram

Note: If you or your organization would like to become a major sponsor or sponsor a coalition in your neighborhood, please contact us (click here).

Our Supporters