This coming weekend is a pretty special weekend for volunteering. On April 20-22, 2012, millions of people ages 5-25, and their adult allies and champions in over 100 countries on 6 continents will change the world, addressing critical issues including health, education, environment, hunger, poverty, disaster preparedness and response, and human rights.
April 20-22nd is Global Youth Service Day. According to Youth Service America, the hosting organization, “Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.”
Students—Join in! This is a great way for you to work towards any required service hours needed to graduate. Volunteering also provides a great place for networking and meeting new people. Plus, who said volunteering has to be boring – get some of your friends and go volunteer together!
Parents—Encourage your child to get involved in volunteering. Volunteering can not only be used for teaching your children great life lessons, it can also help in school. A Davila and Mora study showed that “Students who performed voluntary community service were 19 percentage points more likely to graduate from college than those that did not.”
Oh, and did we mention there’s free stuff involved? Remember, whenever you volunteer with GoVoluntr, you earn VPins that get you free goodies. Plus, this week is extra special, as it’s National Volunteer Week. That means bonus points and more awesome prizes (like the chance to win movie tickets and lunch with the GoVoluntr team!).
You can find out more information about Youth Service Day here and be sure to check out the great events going on around you on GoVoluntr.com!