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Global Youth Service Day

Quick Facts

Global Youth Service Day is an annual worldwide observance designed to celebrate the contributions of young volunteers to their communities.

Local names

NameLanguage
Global Youth Service DayEnglish
Día Global del Voluntariado JuvenilSpanish
שירות יום נוער עולמיHebrew
اليوم العالمي لخدمة الشبابArabic
세계 청소년 봉사의 날Korean
Global Youth Service DayGerman

Global Youth Service Day 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Global Youth Service Day 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015
List of dates for other years

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is an annual celebration of young volunteers around the world. It is designed to encourage youth to participate in community service and service-learning and to honor those who have contributed to their communities through voluntary commitment. GYSD is usually observed on a weekend in April, beginning on Friday and ending on Sunday.

Thousands of young volunteers around the world participate in GYSD each year.

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What do people do?

Every year on Global Youth Service Day, youth organizations, schools and individuals around the world realize thousands of projects. They focus on voluntary community service and range from learning sessions about current social and environmental challenges to clean-up actions, nursing home visits, and concerts. In 2012, the total number of projects on all five continents was 4467.

Public life

Global Youth Service Day is a global observance but not a public holiday.

Background

Global Youth Service Day was launched as National Youth Service Day in 1988. It is coordinated by Youth Service America, and most of the projects are based in the United States. However, a growing number of volunteers from other parts of the world take part in the activities each year.

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Global Youth Service Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
FriApr 202012Global Youth Service DayWorldwide observance 
FriApr 262013Global Youth Service DayWorldwide observance 
FriApr 112014Global Youth Service DayWorldwide observance 
FriApr 172015Global Youth Service DayWorldwide observance 
FriApr 152016Global Youth Service DayWorldwide observance 
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