Friday, April 20, 2018

Four Ways to Spend Global Youth Service Day

Take action and earn badges on this special day dedicated to bettering our communities.
Girl Scouts take action on Global Youth Service Day.

Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. It is also the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and young adults make year-round.

On this national Global Youth Service Day, we celebrate the achievements our Girl Scouts make by taking action on issues they care about. From collecting cans of food for local food banks to gathering toys for kids in homeless shelters to providing clothing to survivors of natural disasters, Girl Scouts dedicate countless hours of service to their communities.

Wondering what you can do to contribute on Global Youth Service Day? Here are some ideas.

1. Connect with your local community. Take a look around. Who are your neighbors and the leaders of your school and state? How are they making a difference? Get to know them, and figure out ways to work together. By doing so, you’ll not only earn the Good Neighbor badge but also build a lasting relationship with your community. That’s right, even the youngest Girl Scouts can get involved!

2. Build a team and choose a cause. Bringing people together isn’t easy: it involves setting aside differences and finding common ground. But it’s essential to community building and effecting changes on a big scale, so we challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and get to know people who are different than you. Take interest in their stories. Find out the issues they care about, and then invite them to join an activist group. You could earn the Finding Common Ground badge along the way.

3. Take action on a new issue. List all the issues you care about. Are there some you’ve worked on more than others? Choose something new from the list, and get to it today. Maybe it’s organizing a book distribution or cleanup group or visiting and reading to children with special needs. No matter what the issue is, take action and earn your Philanthropist badge.

4. Volunteer at an animal shelter. Animals offer humans companionship, protection, and joy. Show them some love in return by volunteering at a shelter today and earning your Animal Helpers badge.

Of course, your efforts don’t have to end after Global Youth Service Day! Girl Scouts at every grade level have plenty of opportunities to step up and make a difference every day. Visit GIRLagenda.org for tools and resources to help you take civic action on the issues you care about. Need help identifying your cause and action strategy? You can also check out Youth Service America for more ways to get involved. Happy Global Youth Service Day!