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 2022 Calendar Events:

 

  1. GYSD Deadlines/Activities: 
    • April 4: Youth Group Registration Deadline – DEADLINE TO REGISTER for GYSD – https://forms.gle/KtX5YXjj6g9iGivu7
    • April 8: Grant and Contest Day – Group checks; contest submissions deadline. All youth group leaders or designated representatives are required to turn in contest submissions and pick up checks unless other approved arrangements are made in advance (Venue TBD)  NOTE: Participation in the contests is Not a requirement to participate in GYSD.
    • April 30: Global Youth Service Day Groups complete projects and attend City Celebration (11:30a – 1:30p) at Levitt Pavilion – 100 W. Abram St. – Arlington, TX  76010 (Check website for changes due to weather or other protocols.)
    • May 16: Data Day when all youth groups submit Completion Reports
  1. Events and Completion Reports: 
    • April 30: Global Youth Service Day Groups complete projects and attend City Celebration (11:30a – 1:30p) at Levitt Pavilion – 100 W. Abram St. – Arlington, TX  76010 (Check website for changes due to weather or other protocols.)
    • May 16: 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, please register.  Your group will host its own project for Global Youth Service Day.  Registration Deadline is April 4, 2022. Click here to register your group here: https://forms.gle/KtX5YXjj6g9iGivu7

In addition to participating in GYSD, are there any contests or awards?

Yes, there are contests and awards by age group (Elementary, Jr. High, High School and College (up to age 25)) to provide a level of fairness and encourage participation. Winners are announced and awards are presented at the City’s Thank You Celebration for our Youth who work so hard in our community.

  1. Best Service Project of the Year Contest: Every youth group participating in GYSD or in our Small Grants Programs may participate in this contest if they have completed service projects from April 2020 through March 2022. Entries must be delivered to the GYSD Chair by April 8, 2022.  Honors for the winners include an award and a GYSD grant to help that group complete additional community service projects prior to April 2023.
  2. Click this link for the details.  http://arlingtonalliance4youth.org/programs/service-project-of-the-year/   Please see attached updated information and note that college students can participate in this contest as well.
  3. Arlington’s Youth Service Leaders of the Year Contest: Every youth group participating in GYSD or in our Small Grants Program may participate in this contest if they have completed service projects from April 2020 through March 2022.  This contest honors Sheris Growe for being a servant leader.  (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