Global Youth Service Day 2008 & 2009 Final Report

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Table of Contents
Global Youth Service Day Introductory Narrative North America Central America and the Caribbean South America Europe Russia and Central Asia East Asia and Oceania North Africa and the Middle East West and Central Africa East and Southern Africa Country Index 3

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**Disclaimer: This report contains summaries of the activities organized in each country that participated in Global Youth Service Day in 2008-2009 The summaries have been compiled by the GYSD Coordination Team based on reports received by National Lead Agencies and Local Organizes.

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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 servicelearning. Established in 1988 in the United States and in 2000 globally, GYSD is the largest service event in the world and is now celebrated in over 100 countries. On GYSD, children and youth address the world’s most critical issues in partnership with families, schools, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and governments. The goals of Global Youth Service Day are to: • Mobilize ο youth to identify and address the needs of their communities ο organizations to provide opportunities for youth engagement; ο media and policy makers to promote and raise awareness of young people as assets and resources to their communities. • Support ο youth on a lifelong path of service and civic engagement; ο schools and organizations through training and technical assistance, grants, and resources that enable them to engage youth. • Sustain ο Community improvement through year-round engagement of youth as leaders and problem-solvers. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) 2008-2009 was organized by Youth Service America with the Global Youth Action Network and an International Coordinating Committee. Youth Service America (YSA) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership, and achievement. www.ysa.org Global Youth Action Network facilitates youth participation and intergenerational partnerships in global decision-making; supports collaboration among diverse youth organizations; and provides tools, resources, and recognition for positive youth action. www.youthlink.org

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INTERNATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE & PARTNERS The International Coordinating Committee & Partners is a group of 50 international organizations that promote, organize, and support Global Youth Service Day. Highlights of international partner activities include:

Over 70 Student Chapters of People to People International organized Global Youth Service Day projects. Learn more at www.ptpigysd.org Peace Corps sent a message from Director Ron Tschetter to all volunteers, and organized webinars for Peace Corps volunteers about planning for GYSD. Several U.S. State Department Youth Programs Division - Global Connections and Exchange Program sites organized projects, including Afghanistan and the West Bank. American Councils for International Education featured GYSD on their website, encouraged 17,000 Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program alumni across Eurasia to organize GYSD events, and offered them the chance to match money raised locally with the FLEX Alumni/Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs GYSD Matching Grants program. IDB Youth, an office of the Inter-American Development Bank, promotes GYSD through its network, and organizes a youth service project each year as part of The Annual Meeting of the IDB Board of Governors.

International Coordinating Committee members & partners include:
Academy of Educational Development www.aed.org American Councils for International Education www.americancouncils.org Ariel Foundation International www.arielconsult.com Association of Polar Early Career Scientists www.arcticportal.org/apecs Atlas Corps www.atlascorps.org Building Bridges Coalition – Brooking Institute’s Initiative on International Volunteering and Service www.brookings.edu/projects/volunteering Center for Cultural Interchange www.cci-exchange.com Centro Boliviano de Filantropia www.cebofil.org Child Family Health International www.cfhi.org City Year www.cityyear.org Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) www.ciee.org Earth Charter Initiative www.earthcharter.org Golden Key www.goldenkey.org Habitat for Humanity International www.habitat.org

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Hope Worldwide www.hopeww.org iEARN-USA www.us.iearn.org IFES www.ifes.org Innovations in Civic Participation www.icicp.org Inter-American Development Bank www.iadb.org International Association for Volunteer Effort www.iave.org International Baccalaureate Organization www.ibo.org International Youth Foundation www.iyfnet.org Latin-American Center for Service Learning www.clayss.org.ar Malaria No More www.malarianomore.org Nacel Open Door, Inc www.nacelopendoor.org National Youth Leadership Council www.nylc.org One World Youth Project www.oneworldyouthproject.org Partners of the Americas www.partners.net Peace Child International www.peacechild.org People to People International www.ptpi.org Project Harmony Azerbaijan www.projectharmony.org Relief International www.ri.org Reverence For Life www.reverenceforlife.org

Service for Peace www.serviceforpeace.org Special Olympics www.specialolympics.org Student Partnerships Worldwide www.spw.org TakingITGlobal www.tigweb.org U8 Global Student Partnership for Development www.u8development.com Unite for Sight www.uniteforsight.org United Nations Foundation www.unfoundation.org United Nations Millennium Campaign www.endpoverty2015.org United Nations Volunteers www.unv.org United Nations Programme on Youth www.un.org/youth U.S. Department of Justice www.usdoj.gov U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs - Youth Programs Division www.exchanges.state.gov/education/citizens/ students VSA Arts www.vsarts.org World Federation of United Nations Associations www.wfuna.org Young Americas Business Trust www.ybiz.org Youth Employment Summit www.yesweb.org Youth for Understanding www.yfu-usa.org Youth Venture www.youthventure

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NATIONAL LEAD AGENCIES In many countries, a National Lead Agency serves as the lead convener and organizer of Global Youth Service Day. National Lead Agencies promote GYSD in their country, organize high profile events, engage local media and government officials, and coordinate project registration and reporting. A wide range of organizations serve as National Lead Agencies, including youth-led or youth-serving groups, NGOs and volunteer organizations, faith-based groups, government offices & agencies, national youth councils, and national chapters of international agencies. National Lead Agencies are listed in the country summaries in this report. LOCAL ORGANIZERS In all participating countries, Local Organizers play a critical role – everyone who plans and implements a GYSD project is a Local Organizer. Global Youth Service Day is, at its core, a grassroots movement of youth improving their communities and changing the world – and would not achieve the scale, diversity, and impact it does each year without the tireless efforts of thousands of Local Organizers in NGOs, schools and universities, government agencies, faith communities, and families around the world. Local Organizers who registered their projects on GYSD.org or submitted project reports are listed in the country summaries in this report. YSA GRANTEES The Disney Minnie Grant program provides $500 to projects that engage children and youth, ages 514, as volunteers and community leaders planning and implementing service projects focusing on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals and other community needs. Teachers, older youth (15-25), and youth-serving organizations are also eligible to apply for the Disney Minnie Grant program, as long as the project engages younger youth (5-14) in planning and implementing the project. In 2008 and 2009, Youth Service America supported 161 international projects through the Disney Minnie Grant program. Disney Minnie Grant project organizers are noted in the country summaries. 2009 GYSD HIGHLIGHTS In 2009, over 750,000 youth volunteers in more than 100 countries participated in Global Youth Service Day. The countries with the largest numbers of volunteers include: Hungary – 19,000 youth joined 150 projects. Taiwan – 260,000 youth participated nationally. Liberia – 4,000 youth participated in Monrovia. Ghana – A national initiative with over 15,000 youth.
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Highlights of 2009 GYSD activities include: In Afghanistan, students and teachers partnered with Youth in Action Association and local Rotary and Lincoln Center members to celebrate Global Youth Service Day in Jalalabad. More than 85 students with the Global Connections and Exchange (GCE) program presented skits, followed by group discussions and workshops about narcotics, narcotics, education, volunteer work, time management and ethics. Activities culminated with an awards ceremony sponsored by Jalalabad education officials. In Bangladesh, students participated in environment, health, traffic safety and technology projects. Schools in Dhaka, Jessore, Comilla and Chittagong organized a trash pick-up project as they cleaned their school, classrooms, and nearby communities. At the Pahatali Girls’ High school in Chittagong, a teacher and students went house to house providing information about basic health care such as personal hygiene, nutrition and handwashing. In Gazipur, students of Rani Bilashmoni Boys High School repaired the zebra crossing in front of their school. In France, Association de la Fondation Etudiante pour la Ville (A.F.E.V.) organized student events in more than 40 cities across the country around theme of youth solidarity and the struggle against inequality. The events included concerts, panel discussions and community gatherings to highlight the role of young people. In Kenya, National Lead Agency Kenya Slum Youths Development Organization (KESYDO) organized an awareness campaign around the Millennium Development Goals, highlighting the role young people can play in the country's development. In Pakistan, six organizations across the country organized events for Global Youth Service Day, including events that combine the celebrations of volunteerism with a focus on environmental awareness and celebrations of Earth Day. In Palestine, West Bank Community-Based Learning and Action Centers in Jenin, Nablus, Hebron, and Salfeet organized GYSD projects. Projects included offering free medical check-ups for bloodpressure, diabetes, blood type and heigh and weight measurements in underserved villages, tutoring programs, recycling campaigns, school repair, and public health education campaigns. In Rwanda, Disney Minnie Grantees organized a mentoring program for fellow students with HIV/AIDS and an anti-bullying campaign in their school. In Taiwan, President Chen Shui-bian spoke to youth volunteers, saying "A single individual who spends 1,000 hours doing good deserves respect, but if 1,000 people each spend one hour as a volunteer, the benefits to society are even broader and more enduring.”

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2008 GYSD HIGHLIGHTS In Brazil more than100,000 young people participated in hundreds of projects around the country, with a common focus on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. An annual “State Volunteer Week” was implemented to coincide with GYSD. As in past years, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva officially commemorated Brazil’s GYSD events, and stated that “Global Youth Service Day [is] the most expressive, global celebration of youth volunteerism.” In Haiti, the two lead agencies mobilized thousands of youth throughout the country in an effort to raise awareness about environmental sustainability. The Association Jeunesse Excalibur planted a thousand trees along with participating local organizations. The Center for Thought, Education and Debate convened a forum on environmental issues, as well as a conference in Port-au-Prince with members of the Youth Ministry to discuss issues affecting young people in Haiti. In Indonesia, the Lembaga Manajemen Pendidikan Indonesia (LMPI) Foundation brought together youth from more than 75 schools from 7 different cities across the country, in projects that benefited more than 60,000 students. The theme in 2008 was Strengthening our Global Future through Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship. In Iraq, the Iraqi Democratic Coalition for Youth Empowerment engaged 160 youth from all over Baghdad in presenting first aid trainings in several primary and secondary schools. The participants learned how to treat burns and other injuries and received first aid supplies in order to be prepared to respond to emergency situations. In Kenya, 14 youth organizations organized all over the country in order to celebrate the important contributions of young volunteers. In Russia, the Russian Volunteer Development Center of IAVE engaged almost a million participants in 15 different regions of the country, under the theme of “Russia Youth Generation - Energy of Health and Kindness." In Sierra Leone, African Youth for Peace and Development organized a clean-up campaign in an orphanage as well as an elderly home. Meanwhile Service for PeaceSierra Leone held a forum on peace, non-violence and tolerance in four different communities throughout the country to highlight alternative methods for achieving social change.

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North America

Mexico
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer Libertad en Acción

2008
100

Contact:

Perla Barreda Vidal Libertadenaccion@yahoo.com

Libertad en Acción organized events which promoted access to information and transparency as a mechanism to fight corruption, and encouraged social responsibility among participants.

United States & Canada
Participating Year:

Lead Agency Youth Service America Number of Participants: 180,000

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70 Lead Agencies led large-scale, high impact service projects in cities, states, and regions in the U.S. and Canada, involving over 180,000 youth. State Farm was the Presenting Sponsor of Global Youth Service Day in the U.S. Other sponsors include Disney and the U.S. Department of Justice. Examples of Projects: • In New York City, the Young Women’s Volunteer Summit engaged diverse youth in educational workshops and service activities benefiting women throughout the city and around the world. The Summit was spearheaded by the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues, Mayor Bloomberg’s Volunteer Center, Children for Children, and CosmoGIRL! magazine, in partnership with the City University of New York.

In Corona, California Teen Zone engaged over 3,000 youth who studied and delivered reports on different areas of disaster preparedness. Their findings were highlighted during the “Fill the Bus” Carnival, an event dedicated to raising public awareness about homelessness and natural disasters. More than 1,200 youth participated in Volunteer Frederick's Annual Big Sweep to help beautify the roads in Frederick County, Maryland. Youth were involved in service-learning workshops and wrote letters to tobacco companies about the large number of non-biodegradable cigarette butts they found throughout their community.
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Youth in Charlotte, North Carolina conducted a number of science experiments, including comparing the energy consumption between incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs. The results of the experiments generated substance for the group’s protest against Duke University’s plan to open a coal power plant as well as other existing laws permitting local residents to utilize energywasting resources. Through letter writing campaigns and interactive seminars on GYSD, the group hopes to implement local policy changes. Children for Children (CFC) mobilized more than 20,000 volunteers throughout New York State. Working with over 200 organizations - from schools, to youth boards - they developed unique, youth-led projects that addressed critical local and global issues. In addition, CFC's Youth Planning Committee organized “A Healthy Inside, A Healthy Outside” to promote proper nutrition. Oregon Volunteers administered the Fostering Inclusion Mini-Grant Program designed to support GYSD projects that build partnerships between AmeriCorps programs and disability agencies. All projects were planned and implemented by youth alongside adults and youth with disabilities, addressing compelling community needs through service. Volunteer Center of Manatee County hosted its biggest GYSD ever, engaging thousands of youth throughout Florida and hosting more than 100 projects to address animal welfare, disaster preparedness, the environment, and health and human service needs.

Partnerships:

The CMT cable network and Youth Service America joined forces for the second year in a row to help motivate youth for GYSD. American Idol recording artist Diana DeGarmo of CMT’s ‘Gone Country’ was this year’s honorary spokesperson. CMT One Country was launched in the fall of 2005 to promote civic participation and inspire CMT viewers to take action in their communities. Led by Advisory Board members President Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou, and General Colin Powell, CMTONECOUNTRY.com offers tools to help anyone make a difference. This year GYSD partnered with World Malaria Day on April 25, elevating the role of youth service in solving this global health crisis. The UN Foundation and Youth Service America published a new service-learning module to encourage projects around malaria prevention. Serve DC created covers for malaria awareness activity books for children in Nigeria. In addition, Children for Children and its partners hosted a kickoff event where youth engaged in projects that take action against malaria. EarthLab used GYSD to raise awareness about climate change by encouraging students to take the EarthLab Earth Day Challenge and to lower their carbon footprint scores by 15% in 2008. Individuals used a web-based carbon calculator that allowed to save their results, come back, make pledges, and track their reductions over time at www.earthlab.com.
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Government Support:

The U.S. Senate passed a unanimous resolution to commemorate Global Youth Service Day and recognize the significant contributions of youth to their communities throughout the year, with a bipartisan list of 38 co-sponsors. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced the resolution. Additionally, governors in 11 states have issued their own GYSD Proclamations, recognizing the world’s largest service event in their areas.

Lead Agency Youth Service America Participating Year: 2009 Number of Participants: 171,329

76 Lead Agencies led large-scale, high impact projects and events throughout the United States and Canada engaging millions of youth. 160 National Partners promoted GYSD to millions of their members and mobilized project organizers in all 50 states. Young people in Canada initiated and participated in 28 service activities, while young Americans planned, executed and supported 1,917 service events. Examples of Projects: • As recipients of a State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants, youth in Boston, MA participating in Massachusetts Promise Fellows Programs planted flowers, landscaped, and rehabbed a soccer field.

As recipients of a UnitedHealth HEROES grant, High school students from Payson, AZ researched topics on healthy eating and calories and provided instruction to elementary school children in their community. As part of the NEA Youth Leaders for Literacy, Mackenzie Bearup, Alpharetta, GA, deals with a crippling disease but found that books helped her cope. She collected books for other kids in treatment centers and homeless shelters and gave them the opportunity to escape from their situation through the world of books.

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Partnerships:

Miley Cyrus and Youth Service America launched Miley.YSA.org. Miley created a PSA and twittered about GYSD asking kids to change the world. CMT cable channel’s pro-social initiative and the Carter Twins created a PSA and promoted GYSD on their website and on the Country Music Countdown.

Government Support

The U.S. Senate passed a unanimous resolution to commemorate Global Youth Service Day and recognize the significant contributions of youth to their communities throughout the year, with a bipartisan list of 35 co-sponsors. Senate Resolution 105 was introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and officially designated April 24 - 26, 2009, as Global Youth Service Day. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to commemorate Global Youth Service Day. The resolution passed the vote 424 to 0, with a bipartisan list of 31 co-sponsors. House Resolution 353 was introduced by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Supports the goals and ideals of Global Youth Service Day. Additionally, governors in 21 states have issued their own GYSD Proclamations, recognizing the world’s largest service event in their areas. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, signed on April 20, 2009, by President Obama, authorizes a massive expansion of national service programs for Americans of all ages. Additionally, the act establishes a Semester of Service Program, modeled after YSA's Semester of Service, which allows K-12 youth to earn academic credit for service-learning programs tied to academic standards and of at least 70 hours in duration with a third of the time spent on community opportunities in school and in community-based programs. The Kennedy Serve America Act also recognizes Global Youth Service Day, encourages White House participation, and authorizes the Corporation for National and Community Service and other federal departments and agencies to organize activities and make grants to public or private nonprofit organizations to organize activities on GYSD.
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Central America and the Caribbean
Local Organizer

Bahamas
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

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S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Center for Young Women People to People International Contact: Therena Cunningham straw_inc@hotmail.com

2008
200

S.T.R.A.W. volunteers chose two areas of community service to focus on: beautifying the local area and promoting health and wellness. The Minister of Social Development and Miss Teen Bahamas World 2008 supported the events, providing the event with media exposure and promotion of Global Youth Service Day. In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Queen’s College chapter of People to People International embarked upon a unique campaign to educate their school and community about the many misconceptions, stigma, and discrimination which surrounds HIV/AIDS in The Bahamas. The chapter planned an entire day of activities which took place on Monday, April 28th. The students arranged a school assembly where they presented the HIV/AIDS statistics they learned during their research. Following the assembly, chapter members sold HIV/AIDS bands and bracelets, accepted donations, signed students up to become members of The Bahamas AIDS Foundation, decorated boards around their school, gave out AIDS ribbons, and formed a human AIDS ribbon.

Dominican Republic
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer Alianza ONG-Sirve Quisqueya Contact: Rodrigo Segura Franco athen@alianzaong.org.do

2009
1,000

The Alianza ONG-Sirve Quisqueya held a National Youth Service Fair for the benefit of youth and the public on ways to become involved in service.

Guatemala
Participating Year:

Local Organizer Service for Peace

2008

Number of Participants:

385

Service for Peace Guatemala celebrated Global Youth Service Day with a special activity focused on strengthening the work previously done by Service for Peace in the Santiago Atitlan area. 12

SFP implemented a new methodology for this area - projects focused on social awareness. Through a conference and educational activities, volunteers emphasized central topics as volunteering, service, and social responsibilities as the base for success. On April 26, SFP held a conference for the young students from the Secondary Educational Institute of Santiago Atitlan, working together with volunteers that had previously worked with SFP Guatemala and are more involved in creating a new community. In this way, volunteers and community members could see a continuity of our initiative and our goals. Furthermore, this time it was not just SFP’s responsibility to coordinate, but the volunteers themselves were empowered to do so. There were about 185 participants. The young students and adults showed huge interest in those topics and expressed their firm motivated to try and make a difference: starting with their homes and continuing in their community. Thanks to the huge success SFP had on GYSD, SFP held another activity on the 30th of April. It involved the magisterial block of Santiago Atitlan and approximately 200 teachers took part in it, having been invited by the School Principal and volunteer of this program Juan Tiney. During the conference, volunteers showed several video presentations about self-motivation, a debate about working together in teams and the change of social paradigms as a platform for development of the community also evolved. Throughout the program the teachers expressed their positive thoughts on how to be a better teacher.

National Lead Agency

Haiti
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

The Center of Thoughts, Education, and Debate (CRED)

2008
130

Contact:

John Miller Beauvoir pathwayhaiti@Gmail.com

The Center of Education, Thoughts, and Debate (CRED) worked with 130 young volunteers on the island of Gonave to serve over 450 people to help educate the island locals on the importance of civic engagement and environmental awareness. This marked the first ever youth-led initiative in this Haitian community.

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Puerto Rico
Participating Year:

Local Organizer People to People International

2009

Number of Participants:

51+

People to People International student member Nicole Arocho planned a Day of Pets event at San Jose Colegio in San German, Puerto Rico. All members of the community were encouraged to come; there were veterinarians, local pet stores, and educational presentations by veterinarians and the Saint Francis of Assisi’s Sanctuary (SAFA), an organization that shelters homeless cats and dogs. Additionally, there was a fashion show, beauty contests, raffles, and a chance to adopt animals. Students from the People to People International chapter in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, hosted the following activities in honor of GYSD: planting plants, clearing areas around their college, a celebration Week of Language and the Planet, Earth Day activities to raise environmental awareness, and painting the logos of the student organizations in a mural at the stadium of the College.

Local Organizer

Trinidad and Tobago
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

International Education and Resource Network Trinidad and Tobago Contact: Gia Gaspard Taylor iearntnt_net@yahoo.com contact@naturaldisastersiearntnt.org

2008
300

The Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2008 was held in Trinidad and Tobago and engaged 195 youth in an effort to create greater awareness on climate change and to provide a forum for youth voices. 300 students, youth, teachers, and leaders provided educational material to those who were not able to attend and UNICEF provided child friendly educational material and games.
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Local Organizer International Education and Resource Network Trinidad and Tobago

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
200+

Contact:

Gia Gaspard Taylor iearntnt_net@yahoo.com contact@naturaldisastersiearntnt.org

The International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) attracted many teachers and students who participated in the "Awareness and Education" Workshop on the Organization of American States Process. Having had a successful learning experience on Global Youth Service Day, they then earned the opportunity to advance to the MODEL Youth Summit, with 34 Heads of States, each with their own Foreign Affairs Officer, one Secretary General, a Political Affairs Officer, media, and supporting staff.

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South America

National Lead Agency Scouts de Argentina

Argentina

Local Organizaer Dirección de Juventud, Municipio de Quilmes

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2008
1,304

Contact: Adrian Contursi-Reynoso Nadia Soledad Morrone juventud@scouts.org.ar

Scouts de Argentina mobilized volunteers to clean and recover an important part of the Costanera Ecological Reserve in Buenos Aires, in addition to collecting toys and food items for donation in other parts of Argentina. Dirección de Juventud, Municipio de Quilmes staged a performance and collected clothing and food items through the event. Local Organizer Asociación Civil Fortalecer Misiones Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
1,304

Contact:

Cristian Manzur Fortalecermisio nes@gmail.com

The Asociación Civil Fortalecer Misiones make an event to promote awareness among youth regarding the right to education as a tool for social inclusion, which was held on April 25, 2009.

Bolivia
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer Ambio Chaco NGO

2008
180

Contact: Peter Schecter Carlos Llanos Cavero ambiochaco@gmail.com

Ambio Chaco NGO organized environmental committees in three communities and demonstrated activities such as disinfecting water, waste management, and reforestation.
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National Lead Agency Natal Voluntarios

Brazil

Local Organizer Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation

Participating Year:

2008

Contact:

Maria Luisa acoes@diaglobal.org.br

Number of Participants: 102,054 In its ninth year, Brazil's National Lead Agency, Natal Voluntarios, mobilized young people in 255 cities throughout all 27 states in Brazil. Recognizing that the United Nations General Assembly has designated 2008 as the "International Year of Sanitation," all 1,000 service projects focused on issues of sanitation. Brazil's President Lula sent an official message of encouragement to all Brazilian volunteers participating in Global Youth Service Day. Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation volunteers helped promote entrepreneurial opportunities and create employment workshops for young people. Local Organizers
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Rede Nacional de Grupos Movimientos e Organizações de Juventude – RENAJU Instituto Mude o Mundo de Promoção da Responsabilidade Social Instituto Mãos e Vozes Instituto Ecoar – INEC Instituto Nacional de Solidariedade e Desenvolvimento Economico Social e Humano INSODES União dos Escoteiros do Brasil – RN e RJ United Way Brasil Projeto Formação de l’Ãderes Grupo Escoteiro Atiradores - 215/RS Contact: Maria Luisa acoes@diaglobal.org.br

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
8,535
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The Rede Nacional de Grupos, Movimientos e Organizações de Juventude carried out activities such as: joint efforts of cleaning in ecological parks, campaigns of environmental awareness in the communities, and services in nursery schools, orphanages, and between other institutions of charity. In their region, the Instituto Mude o Mundo de Promoção da Responsabilidade Social coordinated about 50 actions over the year with schools and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and enlisted participants from GYSD and the young people who are volunteering and are acting as agents of change in the world. The Instituto Ecoar worked on leadership training and implemented youth-led social action initiatives. On the 23 of April, the organization Instituto Nacional de Solidariedade e Desenvolvimento Economico Social e Humano participated in the Global Day of the Young Volunteers and also promoted the installation of the INSODES - National Institute of Solidarity and Development Economico, Social and Human, which adopts as a course of action the ten beginnings of the Global Pact of the United Nations. In the State of the Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, 48 groups of young people chose an action of service (from an objective of the Millennium Development Goals) such as efforts of cleaning and restoration, peace, and environmental education in the State Schools. Also, in the city of the Rio de Janeiro thousands of boy scouts came for the Great Play Regional Boy Scout, which consists of a basic play in which the young boy scouts carry out determined tasks appropriate for each age group. Donations, medicine, and food were collected for institutions of charity. United Way Brasil organized events based on a series of environmental service goals which focused on a variety of areas such as the environment; the reuse of oil used kitchens, for which they created workshops for production of materials of spread; and activities in nursery schools for the children focused on recycling, as well as for the community. Over the course of the weekend, the Projeto Formação de l’Ãderes visited the Home of the Velhinhos (Veterans), visited a hospital, and help a protest march for peace. The Grupo Escoteiro Atiradores In the day 25 of April, the boy scouts mounted posts of tax revenue of non-perishable foods in some supermarkets in the city and carried out the Campaign “It Always Alerts Against the Hunger.”

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Colombia
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

National Lead Agency Corporación Grupo Tayrona

2008
19,500

Contact:

Juan Diego Valenzuela grupotayrona@gmail.com

A total of 45 projects were carried out on Global Youth Service Day organized by Corporación Grupo Tayrona. 43 colleges and universities took part in the celebrations. About 30,000 people across the country received marketing materials, brochures and posters about GYSD, and 39 bulletins were sent to networks in Colombia to promote GYSD. People across Colombia appeared on 33 community radios to speak about GYSD. National Lead Agency Corporación Grupo Tayrona Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
30,000

Contact:

Juan Diego & Adriana Valenzuela grupotayrona@gmail.com

The Corporación Grupo Tayrona decided to center their GYSD on educating and motivating individuals and the community at large to modify behavior and develop habits of health and life on the planet. Some of their activities included motivational and educational talks at various schools and institutions, advocacy events, awareness campaigns, cultural activities, and reflective discussions on what they had accomplished.

Ecuador
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

National Lead Agency Educate

2008
300

Contact: Quito kmiranda@e_ducate.org

Educate mobilized 300 youth volunteers in Ecuador that helped construct an elementary school in Ciudad de Israel.

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Guyana
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer GuyberNet

2008
200

Contact: Norwell Hinds gybernet@networksgy.com

The organization GuyberNet organized a variety of events over the course of the weekend such as a community clean-up; Street Graffiti - Walk of Tolerance Mural; Youth Express, which included a dinner and movie for appreciation; a Multiculturalism Writing Competition (youth) Award Ceremony; and the Peace Tiles Mural Unveiling. Local Organizer

Suriname
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Umooja Foundation for Youth Development

2009
100

Contact: Tanja Pinas tanjapinas@yahoo.com

The Umooja Foundation for Youth Development celebrated Global Youth Service Day by raising awareness and making a statement about the importance of youth service, fostering a discussion about youth participating in service events, and actually doing different service events in the area in order to help the community.

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Europe
Local Organizers

Albania
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

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Lac Outdoor Ambassadors Club People to People International

2009
45

Contact: Adel Gana ganadel@gmail.com Blerina Gjonaj info.lsia@yahoo.com

The city of Lac has been identified by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe as one of eight major pollution hotspots in Albania. The students of the Lac Outdoor Ambassadors club, who meet weekly to clean and improve their town, completed a community analysis survey that revealed citizens’ fervent desire for a trash-free city and more urban green space. 25 children and youth gathered with community leaders to plant a 20x30 foot community garden near the town center and paint permanent signs that will encourage people not to litter. Students worked to alter the views of people in Lac, population 20,000, by demonstrating a commitment to having a clean and environmentally-friendly city. In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Tirana, Albania (Horizon) Student Chapter of People to People International organized a collection of clothes, toys, school supplies, books, and other items from students and teachers at the chapter’s school. With the help of another humanitarian organization, the chapter distributed the items to children in an orphanage in Tirana. They also organized a festival at the orphanage to provide the children with a fun activity.

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Armenia
Participating Year:

Local Organizer American Council Future Leader Exchange (FLEX)

2008

Number of Participants:

45

In Yerevan, Armenia, alumni of the American Council Future Leader Exchange (FLEX) program assisted children at Nubarashen Boarding School #11 for children with mental disabilities as they planted trees. The activity was part of a follow up project associated with the Become the Voice of Voiceless environmental project. 15 children and alumni volunteers planted 30 apricot trees that were donated by the Armenia Tree Project. Alumni talked to the children about the need for taking care of the environment and explained how each person can pitch in to help create a better and cleaner world. Alumni also held a flower planting activity for the children. 30 children received a flowerpot and a flower. Alumni explained how to plant the seeds and gave the children directions on how to care for their new plants.

Austria
Participating Year:

Local Organizer Service for Peace

2008

Number of Participants:

16

On April 27, in honor of GYSD 2008, 16 volunteers with Service for Peace and residents from the Maradonna House for Young Refugees in Steyr, Austria, went on an exciting French expedition. Three volunteers of French origin started with communication exercises and games dealing with the French language. Then the colorful team of 8 nationalities (there were people from Afghanistan, Austria, France, Gambia, Moldova, Russia, Somilia and Uzbekistan) started cooking together Ratatouille and Tarte aux pommes alsaciennes. Finally, the group could enjoy the nice food and serve it to other refugees. Thanks to all participants, partners and supporters, the next steps will lead the colorful project group to Innsbruck where they will participate in the international finale of the soccer- and integration-project EUROSCHOOLS 2008.

Bosnia & Herzegovina
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer OSMIJEH Contact: Hamdija Kujundzic osmijeh@bih.net.ba

2008
2,200

OSMIJEH - Association for Psychosocial Help and Development of Voluntary Work mobilized 2,200 young people, most of whom decided to construct projects that addressed environmental and ecological issues, while others focused on helping the 22 elderly, the disabled, and children with special needs.

Local Organizers

Bulgaria

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Municipal Council on Drug Prevention Volunteer Bulgaria Youth Association Pernik People to People International Service for Peace Number of Participants: 265

Participating Year:

2008

The Municipal Council on Drug Prevention planned, prepared, and presented presentations on drug prevention to two local schools. Volunteer Bulgaria mobilized 14 university students to lead teams of orphans to clean and landscape their orphanage's backyard. Youth Association Pernik gave 22 young journalists the opportunity to receive free career lessons in writing, software, and video and audio programming from professional journalists. In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Varna Dolphins chapter of People to People International organized an environmental initiative and anti-smoking campaign directed toward the youth of their community. Chapter members raised money to purchase trees, which were planted in the park next to their school. In addition, students gave anti-smoking presentations to local 5th and 6th graders and then gathered along a busy street where they gave demonstrations about the dangers of smoking. They even put a cardboard mummy on display with sticky clay on its lungs. People passing by were invited to put their cigarettes out directly on the sticky lungs. Twenty people volunteered for the effort and 100 individuals participated. SFP affiliate Volunteers Bulgaria once again brought together young people with different social backgrounds volunteering for a good cause. This year it was the cleaning and landscaping of the back yard of the Home for children without parental care in Sofia “P. Slaveykov” to make it a friendly and colorful place to enjoy nature and play. Fourteen university students, ages 20 to 30, took part as team-leaders facilitating the work of the volunteers- the actual residents of the Orphanage. They had the chance to meet and communicate with the children from the Orphanage and through various workshops during February, March and April to get them ready for the big day on April 26. Thanks to their efforts, 30 orphans (half of them under the age of 14, 5 of them with mental or physical disadvantages) experienced the transformation from being a person who receives to being a young volunteer who gives. Through cleaning out their own backyard, and planting more than a hundred trees, shrubs and flowers, with the help of a landscaping specialist, they gained an invaluable experience in gardening and landscaping. They also experienced how it is to work in harmony with one another and with the environment. The project was a recipient of a Disney Minnie Grant for $500 and spent it on GYSD t-shirts, new benches (which the children installed and cemented into the ground), two swings, and a seesaw to make the backyard a more pleasant place to play. А local landscaping company donated all the plants and provided one of its landscape architects.
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ZAEDNO - Communication for Support and Development Foundation People to People International Contact: Natalia JIvkova zaedno@zaedno.net

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
1,050

The ZAEDNO Foundation mobilized youth volunteers, students, business, team leaders, and orphanage children between the ages of 10- 25 years in Sofia (the capital of Bulgaria) and over 14 towns and villages in the country. The GYSD campaign was celebrated under the slogan: “Youth Service for the Nature of Bulgaria.” The GYSD events were organized together with the Global Earth day celebrations to help provide them with the greater chance to cooperate and mobilize both youth and environmental organizations all over the country. They also created a GYSD Virtual Media Center, http:gysd.zaedno.net – a very strategic and powerful tool for mobilization and coordination – with information about the GYSD global campaign in the Bulgarian language. In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Sofia, Bulgaria (The Doves) Student Chapter of People to People International participated in a project to engage the local community. The chapter promoted responsible waste management by arranging for special litter containers to be available for use by community members to separate waste from recyclable materials. Then, the chapter transported the collected materials to a local recycling center. In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Varna, Bulgaria (The Dolphins) Chapter of People to People International sponsored a project to benefit the community. The chapter organized an activity on April 25 to promote a local observatory in Varna by performing the Horo, a traditional Bulgarian dance, around the observatory. The main goal of this project was to raise interest and awareness of the observatory among community members. The event was planned in collaboration with the observatory’s staff, and after the dance there was a brief lecture and an opportunity for community members to utilize the observatory. Student member Elitsa Pophlebarova reflected, “Our cheerful dancing resembled more or less the unending cycle of life that began when the 9 planets started orbiting round the sun. We are fairly confident that managed to raise the public interest and we had a lot of promises from the random participants to spread out the word of the exciting world of astronomy.” The group also participated in a project to promote responsible waste management by arranging for special litter containers to be available for use by community members to separate waste from recyclable materials. Then, the 24 chapter transports the collected recyclable materials to be recycled.

Croatia
Participating Year:

Local Organizer People to People International

2008

Number of Participants: Contact: Marina Krsni

258

In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Oroslavje – Eagles chapter of People to People International helped build a gymnasium at their school, with hopes of promoting healthy lifestyles within their community. By the end of 2007, the chapter had collected 258 signatures among students and teachers for a petition to build a gymnasium in their school. The chapter received old trees from the Oroslavje Town Council and used this wood to build the gymnasium during Global Youth Service Day. In addition, the chapter recently visited PTPI’s Teens Working Together Student Chapter in Santa Ynez, California through PTPI’s International Visitor’s Program. The students in California wanted to do something to help their new Croatian friends, so they loaded a suitcase with supplies for orphaned Croatian children. The Eagles Chapter members brought the supplies back to Croatia and delivered the supplies, along with new curtains for the facility and a basket of fresh fruit, to the orphanage on Global Youth Service Day.

Local Organizer People to People International Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

10+

In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Oroslavje, Croatia (Eagles) Student Chapter of People to People International planned two projects to make a difference in its community. First, the chapter cleaned up the local park and the surroundings of an old castle. Second, the chapter sponsored a meeting and a discussion with the school doctor on the issue of AIDS and the ways of protecting oneself.

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Estonia
Participating Year:

Local Organizer People to People International

2008

Contact:

Aleksei Smulski ptpest@hot.ee

In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Tallinn chapter of People to People International participated in a major event in Estonia called “Clean our Country!” The chapter cleaned and planted trees in Kadriorg Park in Tallinn. Chapter members took the opportunity to promote PTPI to members of other organizations participating in the event. Local Organizer People to People International Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
20+

Contact:

Ruta Pels (Tallinn) ruta.pels@mail.ru Tamara Tsvetkova taamara@mail.ru

The Tallinn, Estonia Student Chapter of People to People International sponsored a project to benefit the community, where they participated in the National Action Day on May 1, "Minu Eesti", to clean parks in Tallinn. The Narva, Estonia Student Chapter of People to People International sponsored a clean-up to clean a historical castle in Narva. Additionally, the chapter continued its annual tradition of cleaning the area around a monument from the Second World War in the suburbs of Narva. Local Organizers

France
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Association de la Fondation Etudiantpour la Ville- A.F.E.V. Fête des Solidarités Locales Contact: Adel Gana ganadel@gmail.com

2009
30,000

A.F.E.V. organizes an event called Holiday Spirit, aimed at developing new forms of local solidarity and fighting against inequality. In forty cities in France, one hundred events were organized for festive and socially mixed audiences. Fête des Solidarités Locales organized a variety of events all over France as part of the Global Youth Service Day weekend.

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Local Organizer

Georgia
Participating Year:

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Group of Children and Youth FLEX Alumni Number of Participants: 153+

2008

In Gori, Georgia, twenty-five FLEX alumni worked with local volunteers, representatives from the local government, and members of the NGO We the Greens to hold a massive clean up at the Akhalbaghi Park. FLEX alumni recruited for the clean up event in local universities, through NGO listserves and on the GYSD site. Over 70 local volunteers assisted alumni and members of the local media as they picked up trash in the park, picked weeds, and planted trees. 10 FLEX alumni traveled to Rustavi, Georgia to hold a tree planting and community clean up activity. Alumni were joined by 20 members of the local Ecology Club and the Rustavi Scout Organization. Following the event, alumni held a seminar for participants on volunteerism and brainstormed ideas about projects to hold in their community. The event received media coverage from Kvemo Karti TV Channel and the Rustavi Scouts made a commitment to continue caring for the trees that were planted. In Tbilsi, Georgia, FLEX alumni and representatives of the Young Medics Union of Georgia and the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control Implementation and Monitoring Center organized a Tobacco-Free Youth Project to coincide with GYSD. Project leaders organized and facilitated an intensive training on the dangers of tobacco for 28 children between the ages of 11-16 at the House of the Future Orphanage. Throughout the course of the training, the children voiced their opinion on why people smoke, learned about stereotypes related to tobacco usage, and discovered the true dangers of smoking and second-hand smoking. The children viewed the movie “The Insider,” which exposes how tobacco companies raise their profits by adding ammonia to nicotine, which gives cigarettes a more addictive effect. The film was followed by a roundtable discussion between alumni and children about the issues addressed in the movie. The project culminated with a meeting between the organizers and project participants and a media representative, whereby all parties agreed to hold a protest in front of a tobacco billboard. Following the protest, the children and alumni participated in a walk/run for Tobacco Free Youth. Together with local community members against smoking, alumni and children ran or walked a five kilometer distance to show their support of non-smoking youth. In Tbilisi, Georgia, FLEX alumni held an event at the Gldani Orphanage. This project was funded in part by Walt Disney Company and Youth Service America Disney Minnie grant to support youth-led service projects. The children at the Gldani Orphanage, together with alumni and embassy representatives visited a local park to clean up the facility. Participants picked up trash and passed out pamphlets to the general public about volunteerism and community engagement.

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Local Organizer Group of Children and Youth Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

50

Georgia has not established a recycling program, let alone inspired a mentality to conserve resources. Therefore, a group of 50 children and youth are gearing up to study their local environment, determine the causes for its deterioration and spread word of what can be done to reverse the harmful trend. Youth volunteers will use school newspapers and other public media to educate the public on their findings. Organizers hope the project will help the community and 240 students achieve a new appreciation for the natural ecosystem in which they reside. National Lead Agency People to People International

Hungary
Participating Year:

2008

Contact:

Agnes Pasztor a_pasztor@freemail.hu

In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Pécs chapter of People to People International collected garbage in select areas of their community and donated toys and books to sick children at a local hospital. To conclude the day, chapter member organized an educational activity in which they visited a recently opened cave. National Lead Agency
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Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA) People to People International Contact: Viktoria Takac vikics@gmail.co

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
10,000

Through the Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA), more than 150 projects and over 10,000 volunteers were involved in the KÖZÖD Youth Service Day in Hungary. The projects were very diverse in nature but all addressed the issue of promoting social responsibility. In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Pécs, Hungary Student Chapter of People to People International sponsored a project to promote cultural awareness. In preparation for a visit from the Oroslavje, Croatia (Eagles) Student Chapter of People to People International, the Pecs, Hungary Student Chapter held workshops about Croatian culture to promote global awareness. Then, the Oroslavje, Croatia (Eagles) Student Chapter visited Hungary. This GYSD project directly contributed to People to People International’s mission of Peace through Understanding.
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Macedonia
Participating Year:

Local Organizer Various youth from Valandovo and Topaana

2009

Number of Participants:

25

In Topaana, an isolated Roma community, many youth lack an awareness of basic health and hygienic practices. This is especially problematic since lack of waste management services has left the community with trash ever-present in parks and along roadsides, which clogs and pollutes the above-ground water ways, and results in higher than average mortality rates in Roma communities. The project addressed this knowledge gap, as well as provided an opportunity for ten youth to be community leaders and gain skills of decision-making, planning, teamwork, cooperation with organizations, schools, and local government. The project included a series of ten training workshops where children meet, plan and collaborate with organizations to solidify the role of the youth volunteers and the assistance from community partners. They aim to educate more than 3000 people about public hygiene. Local Organizers Ala Soronga Caroma Nord Eugeniu Graur FLEX Alumni Number of Participants: 1,004

Moldova
Participating Year:

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2008

Ala Soronga trained 500 children and youth volunteers in clean water management and rational water usage. Caroma Nord Caroma Nord held the village of Pirlita’s very first creative writing contest, and selected youth were given book prizes for their participation. Also, volunteers created a small local library of roughly 800 books. Eugeniu Graur organized 80 volunteers from 10 different villages and trained them in project development, management and fundraising, and assisted them in completing their project proposals and implementing their small service learning project in their local communities. To celebrate Global Youth Service Day, grant recipient and FLEX alum Olga Demcenco, together with Cristina Poleacovschi, representatives of the NGO ENVIBIO, a Moldovan NGO promoting sustainable livelihood for youth development, local students, and alumni of the Regional Research Program (RSEP), Fulbright Program, and the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia organized the Healthy Lifestyle and Communication Training for Rural Youth. Organizers developed trainings on life skills, self-esteem and discovery, civil rights, education opportunities, effective communication, and teamwork. Volunteers held the series of trainings for 24 youth in the village of Ratus. 29

FLEX alumni in Chisinau, Moldova created the An Inconvenient Truth Seminar for GYSD. Alumni worked with a team of linguists and peers to translate the movie and record a voiceover in Moldovan. The alumna proceeded to hold seven presentations and showings of the film, which offers a look at former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s movement to halt the destruction caused by global warming, at local universities and schools. Over 400 youth, including members of the Environmental Association for Children and Youth of Moldova, attended the seminars. After watching the film, participants discussed the movie and expressed their opinions on the current state of the environment and the movement to halt global climate change. Organizers then shared information about environmental issues, especially those relevant to Moldova, prior to a roundtable discussion about practical ways to solve environmental problems and spread information about the issues. The project organizers mentioned that their greatest achievement of the event was the number of young people they informed about the environmental situation and ways to prevent its continuation. Additionally, they began the creation of a database of people who expressed interest in participating in further activities. Local Organizers
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Children and youth of the Siscani elementary school Philanthropic Association IRFF ONLU Gimnaziul Nr. 1 Siscani Number of Participants: 427

Participating Year:

2009

The Philanthropic Association IRFF ONLUS, located in the center region Pretura of Chisinau, organized a sanitation and ecological service project at Rose Valley Park near the building Romanita. They collected two trailers from the park. They also cleaned the spring which flows through the park whose banks were filled with waste. The project ended with a picnic in the cleaned area. On April 22 Philanthropic Association IRFF ONLUS, in partnership with Nr.2 boarding school from Chisinau and the Italian branch of IRFF, organized a small party for orphans of this school. This event is a part of the Long Distance Adoptions project. This project began work in 1997 by a subsidiary of Italy IRFF. Colleges in Italy inspire people to raise financial support for one or more children in orphanages of Moldova. In this way orphans receiving weak support from the state are supported by the "adoptive parents" from Italy. Support consists of clothes, school supplies, and. basic needs of the orphan children.

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When they were a member of the Soviet Union, citizens of Moldova were provided access to books only in Russian or in the Cyrillic alphabet. The country's language is now officially Romanian. However, without money, schools and libraries have been unable to purchase books in their native language. 47 children and youth of the Siscani elementary school encouraged students to read by purchasing new books and sponsoring a contest on who can read the most books in one month. The children volunteers also worked in the library after school, helping 247 younger children with homework and reading to them. Additionally, they purchased approximately 50 books in the Romanian language for the school library and held a month-long reading contest for the person in each class who read the most books and for the class that read the most books overall. They also implemented an after-school reading program with volunteers from grades 5-9 to help younger students read and do homework.

Poland
Participating Year:

Local Organizer People to People International

2008

Contact: Aleksandra Kubica aleksandra.kubica@gmail.com

In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Silesian Student Chapter (Katowice) of People to People International and their friends went to the city of Dąbrowa Górnicza to spend some time with children ages 4‐8 staying in a local hospital. Chapter members read to the children and engaged the children in drawing. Chapter members had as much fun as the children as they built castles, bowled, set up racing tracks with blocks, and played shop with the girls. The chapter plans to continue reaching out to children and will visit another hospital and plan a benefit concert for children. Local Organizer People to People International Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
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Contact: Janusz Woźniak cogito62@gmail.com

In celebration of Global Youth Service Day, the Katowice, Poland (Silesian) Student Chapter of People to People International planned a visit to a hospital and read to terminally ill children and engaged them in other fun activities. Additionally, the chapter has forged a relationship with authorities and planted trees so as to beautify a local park. Finally, the chapter spent time volunteering at a local hospice.
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Local Organizers

Romania
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

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Scoala Fundu Moldove People to People International Contact: Thomas Dieter TDieter07@yahoo.com

2008
200

Scoala Fundu Moldovei mobilized over 200 students and orphans to establish an Environmental Club to help make a statement to their parents and fellow community members regarding how they felt about the state of a nearby river. In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Vaslui, Romania chapter of People to People International worked together with a local kindergarten class to plant flowers on their school grounds. The chapter also shared with students the importance of volunteering and how to help on Global Youth Service Day. Each chapter member was paired with a kindergarten student and together they planted pansies and other seeds. Upon completion of the project, the chapter gave interviews to a local television station. In recognition of their efforts, the chapter received a visit from Lars Poignant, PTPI’s Managing Director of European Operations. Local Organizer People to People International

Participating Year:

2009

In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Vaslui, Romania (Mihail Kogalniceanu) Student Chapter of People to People International organized contests between students from three high schools in Vaslui. On April 24, the chapter planned an essay, poetry, and drawing contest employing the theme “The World’s Youth-The Ambassadors of Peace and Friendship”. The chapter also helped primary students write poetry and whitewash trees in the schoolyard while teaching the students about the importance of Global Youth Service Day and service projects. Additionally, the chapter sponsored a roller-skating contest and other athletic games on April 25. Finally, the chapter held a singing contest on April 26.

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Turkey
Participating Year:

Local Organizers People to People International

2008

Number of Participants:

83

In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Kids of Gordion (Ankara) chapter of People to People International painted pictures of animals and made them into postcards, which were sold among students in their school to raise money for an animal shelter in Sinop, Turkey. Eighty three individuals participated in the project. PTPI’s Middle East Associate, Ahmed Roushdy, made a special visit to see the chapter in action. Chapter members shared their project with Mr. Roushdy, gave him a tour of the school, and presented him with school souvenirs. Participating Year:

2009

In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Ankara, Turkey (Kids of Gordion) Student Chapter of People to People International participated in a project to benefit the community. The chapter sponsored a clean-up initiative in areas surrounding the chapter’s school, including a local park, shopping center, and the main road. In the future, the chapter plans to continue to demonstrate its commitment to service by cleaning the school garden once a month and cleaning the park and other areas once every six months. Local Organizers

Ukraine
Participating Year:

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FLEX Alumni People to People International Service for Peace Number of Participants: 770

2008

Starting in April, FLEX alumni in Lviv, Ukraine began participating in Training of Teachers (ToTs) to learn about healthy living, communication skills, preventative measures against HIV/AIIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, and contraceptive measures. The ToT was part of the Equal to Equal Healthy Lifestyles Training Courses for Rural Youth Program aimed to reach out to youth in rural regions of Ukraine. Alumni, together with local students and members of youth organizations, participated in the trainings. Materials were provided by the Ministry of Science and Education in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, and the United Nations Development Program. Alumni and trainers held 17 trainings for over 40 students at the Rava Ruska Boarding School and the Solonka School, both in rural areas of Ukraine. The main goal of the trainings was to teach the high school students about important issues and instill a sense of responsibility and awareness of how to live healthily among these rural youth.
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Four Flex alumni, together with more than 20 local students, held a GYSD clean up activity in Lviv, Ukraine. Volunteers picked up over 300 bags of trash in the course of four hours and ended the activity with a picnic in the litter-free park. The Flower Power project, previously an annual event for FLEX alumni in Southern Ukraine, was reinstituted to coincide with GYSD 2008. Twelve alumni visited the children at Orphanage #1 in Odesa, Ukraine and brought trees and flowers to plant. The event was aimed at teaching the children to appreciate their surroundings and encourage them to take care of the plants around the orphanage and in their community. In Sevastopol, Ukraine, FLEX alumni joined members of the Sevastopol Student Council and Privat Bank to plant trees for GYSD on April 22. Alumni chose Chersoneses, an ancient Greek open-air museum, as the venue for the event as the museum was previously damaged by a storm and was in need of some landscaping. Over 100 local citizens took part in the GYSD celebration, picked up trash, and planted over 30 trees during the event. Privat Bank and the Ecology Department of Sevastopol assisted the alumni by donating tools and trees for the service project. City Representative and FLEX alum Ivan Severenchuk ’07 organized a tree planting project together with 12 students and teachers from his high school. The trees were planted in the school park and on the main street of Novoguyvynsk. As a follow-up to the event, Ivan and 14 students from the Novoguivinsk Gymnasium took part in a clean up activity, picking up trash in a local forest. In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Zalishchyky chapter of People to People International organized a cleanup effort in their local park. Students also visited children at a local orphanage. In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Kiev chapter of People to People International took part in the International Lingo Festival that was held in their community over the course of three days. At the festival, chapter members educated their community about their chapter’s service efforts and activities in different UNESCO programs. In addition, one of the student chapter members presented on Ukrainian language and the chapter shared old Ukrainian traditions with the spectators. In attendance for the presentation was the Ukrainian poet Mykola Som. In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Kharkiv chapter of People to People International organized an event to remember the Chernobyl Disaster of 1986. Students prepared reports and presented their findings to the school with the goal of always remembering the tragic event. Following the presentations, the chapter showed a documentary about the cause of the Chernobyl explosion and how it continues to affect the daily lives of those individuals who were exposed to the radiation. In addition, chapter members organized a cleanup effort within their school’s neighborhood. Students planted flowers and looked after the trees in the school garden.

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In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day and the Easter holiday, the Khmelnytsky chapter of People to People International performed a charitable concert for children on April 27, 2008. In addition to the concert, chapter members presented the primary school students with pysankas, brightly‐colored eggs which are the Ukrainian symbol of Easter. Responding to the growing number of alarming problems, connected with AIDS, volunteers from All-Ukrainian Youth Public Organizations of “Service For Peace” decided to dedicate the GYSD this year to the AIDS issue under the slogan “Serving the society through fighting with AIDS, drugs and alcohol”. The project started a few weeks before GYSD with a children’s art contest called “My contribution in fighting with AIDS and bad habits” in Zhytomir region, where the main project was held on April 25. As the main idea of the project was not just to talk about the consequences of bad habits, but also to show the alternative way of life, the first step of the project was a service project in a local orphanage. 60 volunteers at the age of 14-25 years from 12 different organizations and educational institutions of Zhytomir region and Kiev together with international volunteers repaired and painted the fences and the windows in the orphanage, played with the children, and gave them presents. The next step of the project was a big festival against AIDS, drugs, and alcohol, which brought together around 400 students mobilized by Zhytomir City Center of Social Services. The festival started with subject games, organized by volunteers. The city vicemayor gave an opening speech, which was followed by videos about bad habits, consequences, speeches from volunteers and interesting entertainment. In the evening all the project participants had a meeting to share their impressions of taking part in GYSD and to get familiar with SFP future plans. The project in Zhytomir City was the biggest but not the only one in Ukraine. Celebrating GYSD, SFP volunteers in Kiev, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Poltava in cooperation with other volunteer organizations and educational institutions held service actions in local children's hospitals-cleaning the area, blanching the trees, painting stairs, and washing and repairing stuff. GYSD brought together 112 volunteers in a region with a high percentage of bad habits and AIDS among youth, where volunteering was not so popular.

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People to People International Youth NGO Service For Peace-Ukraine Other student and youth volunteers Service for Peace Number of Participants: 1,275+

Participating Year:

2009

The Cherkasy, Ukraine (Light the Way) Student Chapter of People to People International sponsored a collection drive of waste paper and PET-bottles. Funds raised from the collection were donated to the Gymnasia for the purchase of new chairs. Second, the chapter promoted the importance of a healthy environment by planting a fir tree and creating a flower bed near the schoolyard. People to People International’s Kiev, Ukraine Student Chapter sponsored an antismoking campaign, decorated the area around a school by planting trees and flowers, organized sports tournaments among the chapter’s students, promoted the spreading of tolerance through a special program, and educated fellow students about harmful radiation from mobile telephones. The Kharkiv, Ukraine (Children to Children) Student Chapter of People to People International visited a local animal shelter to deliver collected items. Then, some members of the chapter spent time at a local children’s orphanage, Malyatko, and brought gifts for the children. Finally, the chapter participated in an environmental initiative by sponsoring a clean-up and planting trees. Khmelnitsky, Ukraine (Young Leaders) Student Chapter of People to People International gathered waste paper to collect money for a local homeless shelter and cooked meals for the people there. The chapter also sponsored a games activity, with games played around the world. Games and toys were collected for children in a local orphanage. Finally, members participated in an environmental clean-up around the chapter’s school.

The Zalishchyky, Ukraine Student Chapter of People to People International participated in the nationwide initiative entitled “An Hour Without Light”, in which the entire country was invited to turn off all electricity for one hour to promote responsible energy use. Also, the chapter taught an environmental lesson to a group of primary school children and the chapter sponsored a clean-up of local special national parks. Finally, the chapter visited a local orphanage.

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Youth NGO organized a Workshop on English Language and Leadership (WELL), a one-day event held in the city of Ternopil, Western Ukraine, and was run by a group of Ukrainian student leaders and volunteers from abroad. WELL focused on providing its participants with a basic introduction to concepts such as civics, leadership, and cultural awareness, while immersing them into a new and amazing environment with numerous interactive activities and fun cultural exchange. Service For Peace in Ukraine dedicated the entire month of April to service activities throughout the country. On April 1st, the children from three schools in Kyiv and from an orphanage in Dnepropetrovsk attended a series of ecology lessons. On April 7th, children took part in an arts contest, making drawings under the theme of “I want to live in a clean country.” The contest committee chose 8 out of 80 drawings and offered prizes donated by Directorate of Family and Youth at the Kiev City Administration and other GYSD project partners. On April 13th, SFP in cooperation with the city administration of Vyshhorod, helped Zina, a 20-year-old pregnant orphan living alone without food, electricity, running water and furniture in her house. Fifteen volunteers provided food, furniture and clothes for her and the baby, repaired the house, cleared the yard from trash and built an outdoor toilet. The GYSD project in Poltava city took place on April 23rd when about 50 volunteers cleaned the boardingschool’s yard and played games with the children. On April 24th, the actual Global Youth Service Day, a few projects took place in three cities of Ukraine: a cleaning of the Dnepr river bank in Kyiv city, a restoration of a sports ground in Chernigov city, and a reconstruction of a playground in Kharkiv city. Over 250 motivated volunteers proved that they could do great deal in the name of a good cause. One hundred volunteers continued cleaning the Dnepr riverbed in another clean-up project on April 25th and helped a group of orphan children have a fun time in the local zoo. One hundred volunteers continued cleaning the Dnepr riverbed in another clean-up project on April 25th and helped a group of orphan children have a fun time in the local zoo. On April 29th, two more projects took place: in Donetsk, SFP volunteers conducted ecology lessons and a clean-up of a school’s sports ground, while in Zhitomir City the lake’s banks were brought back to their natural state without waste.

United Kingdom
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer Service For Peace UK

2008
30

Contact: Grace Barata uk@serviceforpeace.org

Service for Peace UK mobilized 30 local volunteers in a series of environmental projects to help clear trees in a dense woodland area in order to allow remaining trees to survive and grow.
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Russia and Central Asia Afghanistan
Participating Year: Local Organizers

Jalalabad GCE School Number of Participants: 843

2009

On April 25, GCE students and teachers partnered with Youth in Action Association and local Rotary and Lincoln Center members to celebrate Global Youth Service Day in Jalalabad. More than 85 GCE students gave presentations about technology and community activities, They also presented skits, followed by group discussions and workshop, about narcotics, education, volunteer work, time management, and ethics. Activities culminated with an awards ceremony sponsored by Jalalabad education officials. GCE Afghanistan Director Abdul Qaum Almas and five GCE team leaders were given Certificates of Appreciation for their active participation in the community. Later, GCE students sent messages to their San Diego friends about what they had learned at the event and discussed their roles and responsibilities as youth leaders. Implemented by La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club Foundation, the GCE program in Jalalabad includes 800 students and 43 teachers from nine Afghan and eight San Diego schools. Referring to Global Youth Service Day, Mr. Almas wrote, “For the first time the youth from high schools were given a chance to express their feelings and celebrate this day as other youth throughout the world. “ Local Organizers

Azerbaijan
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Development 2006 Public Association IEARN Azerbaijan FLEX Alumni

Social

Support

2008

Number of Participants:

619

The Development 2006 Social Support Public Association organized 141 youths between the ages of 8 and 17 to help clean the area around a canal. IEARN Azerbaijan gave children the opportunity to address environmental issues and help homeless and disabled children in several cities. Students worked in their schools, organized community cleanups, planted flowers, helped elderly people in their communities, and visited local orphanages. GCE students from 6 schools in Ganja gathered together on April 25, 2008 to plant 30 trees in the city. GCE teachers and students from School 164 visited a local orphanage they have been working with, bringing presents and essential supplies, as well as just spending time reading and playing with the children.
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FLEX alumni in Azerbaijan, in celebration of GYSD, organized a Down Syndrome Association charity event to draw attention to the disorder in Azerbaijan. The event began with an opening speech by Hijran Huseynova, head of the State Committee for Women, Children and Family Issues, who spoke about children with Down Syndrome in Azeri society. 230 people attended the charity event to raise awareness and support for people living with Down Syndrome. Following the opening speeches, 15 children with Down Syndrome put on a performance for the guests. The event closed with a silent auction, where crafts, artwork, and handmade items created by children with Down Syndrome were sold. The proceeds of the event exceeded $3,800 and will be used to make repairs at the concert hall where members of the Down Syndrome Association practice dance and take part in a puppet theater. National Lead Agency People's Institute for Development and Training Local Organizers
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India

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Blossom Cost Trust Durgapur Sub. Sports and Cultural Coordination Committee Educational Trust of India Gayatri Rural Education Society (GRES)Liteates Welfare Association (LAW) People Education and Social Action READ Project Rural Development and Youth Training Institute Rural Reconstruction Society SPANDAN Wing of Research in Local Development (WORLD) YOJANA

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2008
3,658

Contact:

C. Indira Dasgupta pidt@del6.vsnl.net.in

The People's Institute for Development and Training coordinated a diverse and successful range of projects for GYSD in India, with 3,658 volunteers working with over 17 organizations that reported their GYSD results. Many of these initiatives included projects that affected people's lives directly. Volunteers from Blossom also helped create a bicycle-backed library system that helped fulfill local New Delhians love of reading. 1,085 people from the five villages in Dindigul were taught about HIV/AIDS prevention methods in a project organized by Cost Trust.
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For GYSD, the Educational Trust of India helped spread a different type of environmental awareness: natural disaster prevention. Thanks to the efforts of 100 youth volunteers, these 10,000 people learned how to save their lives should a natural disaster occur in the near future. GRES organized a series of health-related and non-health related projects that covered over 2,316 villages and benefited over 206,117 people. In the Srikakulam District, GRES volunteers successfully organized their first ever Mega Health Camp that rendered health services for over 46,000 poor women while over 14,000 women and children received health care attention in Sofar. The LAW chose to spend their GYSD by alerting over 10,000 rural people about the dangers of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and STDs while also giving information about family planning and ways to reduce child mortality. 580 poor, working, disabled, and semi-orphaned children were given the opportunity to temporarily escape the hardships of their daily lives and perform in theater through the People Education and Social Action's Community Consultation Program. Members of the READ Project also chose to dedicate their GYSD towards spreading messages of disease prevention to lower malaria and chikun kunya rates in the local municipality of Salemn, Tamilnadu. It is estimated that through this campaign over 10,000 people were made aware of such prevention tactics. Volunteers from the Rural Development and Youth Training Institute helped plant 10,000 fruit trees in eight villages, restore ten new wells for drinking water, and help 8,000 poor people receive life pensions from the Government of Rajasthan. The Rural Reconstruction Society helped launch an environmental awareness campaign in Kavali, Andhra Pradesh that reached over 1,775 people. Along with imparting knowledge, volunteers also organized six cultural shows and planted 2,000 mangrove saplings. Members of SPANDAN helped spread messages about road safety to a total of 845 young children and 150 elders. Through their "Healthy Youth for a Healthy Nation Project," WORLD mobilized over 285 volunteers in Jaipur, Rajasthan to address issues of malnutrition and anemia among young children and women. Their educational drives have lead to a change in food habits and hygiene in the surrounding area. YOJANA organized a campaign that issued birth registration certificates to 1,000 children. The children are part of a community of immigrant families who work in the fishing industry.

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Local Organizers NOCER - INDIA Gandhi Grama Parivarthana Sangh – GGPS Youth Upturn Voluntary Association Jyotirmayee Mahila Samiti People's Institute for Development and Training BLOSSOM TRUST Various other student and youth groups
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Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

77,520+

A combination of natural disasters, deforestation and inefficient agricultural practices has resulted in a reduction of water and food supplies for residents of Keeranur. A group of youth volunteers comprised of Dalit youth surveyed the surrounding geography to analyze the harmful impacts of poor public hygiene practices. They worked with government officials to initiate environmentally sustainable practices such as solid waste management, and the planting and care of saplings. One of the biggest problems in a community of the city Madurai is the improper disposal of solid human waste. Youth in the area worked with school officials to turn their lessons into real world practice by evaluating the problem and providing solutions to reduce the harmful effects of open defecation and other unsanitary practices. Among other activities, the youth also helped to plant trees to reinforce a strong environment and counteract the detrimental activity. Climate change and rising prices for fertilizer and other supplies have put many residents in a community of Trichy out of employment. Youth recognized their own habits may have contributed to the poor quality of their environment, and so in a united front a group of 48 youth volunteers took stock of the problem and worked with media contacts, government personnel and community partners to plant trees, dispose of waste, and educate fellow residents on alternative agricultural techniques. Lake Chilika is reported to be the largest “body of brackish water” in the Asian Continent. 120 children of the local school came together to clean the lake and spread word of the harmful affects the tourists’ practices had on the local environment. Through pamphlets in multiple languages, drawing competitions, and other recruitment campaigns the children stirred up enthusiasm across hundreds of other youth volunteers and reached no less than 1,200 local residents and visitors. In the Salem District, 50 children and youth volunteers recalled the prevalence of birds in their village in prior years. The bird population became sparse on account of degradation of the birds’ natural habitat, so they worked with local area farmers to build mud pots to provide the birds with a place to nest and lay their eggs. The project ultimately impressed upon its participants the importance of collaboration and a new appreciation for other species.
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24 children in Nagercoil understand there is an environmental problem, so they created an eco-friendly club about helping their natural surroundings and about building character and moral fiber. The club welcomes girls and youth from vulnerable circumstances and collected recyclables, planted and maintained saplings in their schools, and created usable items from recyclable materials. Residents of a local village that was struck by a tsunami in 2007 are still picking up the pieces left by the disaster. To put youth in a better position to help in the event of another natural catastrophe, ninety children and youth volunteers engaged their peers in an education campaign to learn about resources and tools available to them in preparation for another emergency. The project helped youth build self-confidence, put them in touch with their community, and helped all residents become a united force in times of crisis. The Edu-Clowns project educated adolescents in technical institutes and middle schools on the dangers of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB through theatrical performances in the district of Virudhunagar, India, which were orchestrated by 135 volunteers from members of several children’s groups and support groups for children whose family members are suffering from HIV/AIDS. Performances aimed to reduce the social stigma for people suffering from these diseases and offer education that could prevent future generations from contracting similar conditions. Disasters are frequent visitors of Nagapattinam District in TamilNadu, India. Almost every year it faces a disaster and a large amount of livestock is devastated. 50 children prepared the community for disaster to reduce the devastation by forming volunteer groups that lead emergency and restoration operations. The youth educated the community on disaster Risk Reduction by building a disaster-resilient community. India is reported to be the third largest market for cigarettes in the world and also has some of the highest rates of cancer-related deaths. Therefore, 200 young boys and girls in Jeypore, Orissa, prepared an antismoking campaign which included distributing leaflets, decorating posters, leading seminars, and reading to younger children about the harmful affects of smoking.

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Unhealthy pesticides have reduced the fertility of the soil, resulting in a number of unsavory impacts for the residents of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Fifty Dalit children volunteers organized a campaign of posters, pamphlets, street plays and one-on-one communication to bring awareness of this problem to government authorities and members of the community and enhance the children’s performance in academic subjects. The group NOCER organized testing for diabetics, a blood donor’s forum, plastic eradication from the village headquarters, Malayalam language training, and training on income generating. Gandhi Grama Parivarthana Sangh organized a service Project on "Environment and Climate change" which was carried out by 95 youths of Nambampatti middle school to ensure environmental sustainability. They were involved in planning, service, reflection, and celebration so as to raise awareness of environmental problems and strategies to combat environmental degradation due to deforestation, monsoon failure and erratic rainfall, and the use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture. The Youth Upturn Voluntary Association organized a cultural program for environmental education, a nursery and plantation program in schools and villages, a cleanness drive in the villages, computer education in the un-reached and unserved areas, creative science education and vocational training for youth and children, and an art and craft competition for the children.

Kazakhstan
Participating Year:

Local Organizer FLEX Alumni

2008

Number of Participants:

55

The annual FLEX Rocks GYSD clean up event in Almaty, Kazakhstan was held to give alumni and community members the chance to take part in service events and learn about ways to protect the planet. On April 26, 19 alumni together with American Councils and Peace Corps volunteers (PCV) and 16 rural high school students took part in a clean up and landscaping event at the Almaty Botanical Gardens. Alumni invited a group of local high school students to participate. The students learned about the fundamentals of community service and alumni and PCVs made presentations on the basics of landscaping. Participants broke up into groups and rotated from station to station where they took part in various tasks including weeding, picking up trash, digging holes for trees, planting trees and plants, and searching for rare or interesting plants in the park. 43

In Uralsk, Kazakhstan, FLEX alumni hosted a training conference for 20 young leaders on the value of volunteerism and community service at the American Corner on April 26 and 30. FLEX alumni and Peace Corps volunteers made presentations on the significance and meaning of volunteerism. The young leaders learned how their contribution to society in terms of volunteerism and conducting community service projects is vital to their development as leaders. Following the presentations, participants discussed service projects that they conducted and were involved in, and brainstormed ideas about new events that they could conduct and organizations that may be fruitful partners. Three volunteer projects were developed as a result of the GYSD project. Team one developed the Rainbow Project, where they will develop a program resembling the U.S. based Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, but with residents from the Home for the Mentally and Physically Disabled. The second group offered to hold English Language Clubs at local schools and universities, while the third group developed a series of professional development seminars for youth from socially vulnerable backgrounds within the realm of the Business Assistance and Development Club. Local Organizer FLEX Alumni

Kyrgyzstan
Participating Year:

2008

Number of Participants:

54

Thirty-nine FLEX and Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (UGRAD) alumni together with volunteers from the Molbulak Finance Company, Alpiyskiy Fund, Habitat for Humanity, and local university students took part in the GYSD Ala-Archa National Park Gorge Clean Up. The project aimed to show local community members the importance of keeping the environment clean, while involving local youth in community service projects. Over the course of six hours, volunteers picked up trash in over 10,000 square meters of the park and increased community members’ interest in taking part in service activities. As a follow-up to this event, FLEX alumni organized an education fair on April 26 at Osh State University for 15 high school students. The fair aimed at giving young people more information about higher education opportunities, while teaching them about the community service projects FLEX alumni are conducting in Osh. FLEX alumni and local volunteers took part in a clean up activity at the Toktogul National Park in Osh, Kyrgyzstan on April 27. This clean up was organized to encourage the participants of the education fair to take part in community service activities. Participants picked up trash around the park and discussed the outcome of the education fair.

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Local Organizer Group of children and youth from Karakol Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
15

Contact:

Nursultan A.

Their project began with the training of fifteen children and youth on environmental degradation as a result of human activity. These fifteen youth then went out to nearby schools to engage their peers in the same training and public awareness campaign. Through a poetry contest the organizers began forming the basis for a book, entitled Save the World, to be distributed to nonprofits, schools, and communities at large.

Mongolia
Participating Year:

Local Organizer Service For Peace – Mongolia

2008

Number of Participants:

10,000

As a National Lead Agency for Global Youth Service Day 2008, SFP-Mongolia organized a nationwide contest for the best service project. A total of 10,000 volunteers took part in it through 15 different projects in Darkhan, Uvurkhangai, Khentii, Dornod, Sukhbaatar and Khovd provinces, donating over 22,000 hours of service between March 25th and April 27th. Zalgamjlagch Association coordinated a project for students serving in a home for elderly people. Students from schools 61, 68, 86 spent one day with the senior citizens, cleaning their rooms and playing a concert for them. About 200 people took part in this activity and more than 300 people donated money for the elders. The purpose of another program organized by SFP-Mongolia – “Together we can” was to provide citizens with environmental education while bringing together youth and the elderly to share their good experiences. As usual, there was service involved cleaning Buddha’s Park. More than 40 people took part in this project. During the campaign “Help Our Little Brothers and Sisters,” volunteers helped prepare an educational space, a library, and a playroom for kids who start school for the first time (6 years old). Secondary school children donated schoolbooks and toys. This campaign took place in schools number 45, 28, 54, 15, 75, 18. Members of TUNZA club organized an educational program for kids in Hishig Secondary School, which took place on the 22nd of April, 2008. The purpose of the educational program was to provide participants with more information on global environmental issues such as climate change and water scarcity. The 170 students who attended the seminars expressed their content with the program.
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Members of FAN club gave a series of seminars about AIDS for 156 children from an orphanage in UB as part of the “Pretty World” project. The volunteers from FAN club spent an entire day with the children, talking about AIDS risks and prevention. On April 26th in Darkhan Province, a 2-day “Service Party” took place. It involved a cleaning project with the participation of 500 volunteers on the 1st day and 840 volunteers on the 2nd day, including celebrities like Peter Morrow (Khan bank), Bolormaa (an Asian top model), and Tserendagva (a famous actor). Local Organizer Service For Peace – Mongolia Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
300

Contact:

Erdenebulgan mn_bulgaa@yahoo.com

In celebration of GYSD, the members of Service for Peace held a variety of events, including a friendly competition among students to educate people on and raise awareness about climate change. They implemented an organizational campaign to provide people with necessary vaccinations, and a project to plant trees and National Lead Agency
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Pakistan

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Beaconhouse School System Christian Youth Development Organisation CYWA Christian Youth Welfare Association International Education and Resource Network Pakistan Number of Participants: 1,200

Participating Year:

2008

Beaconhouse School System organized activities and games for more than 30 orphaned children. Christian Youth Development Organisation led workshops where more than 500 young people got free education, career counseling, and social assistance.

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CYWA Christian Youth Welfare Association trained young people in using computers and focused on how they could transfer the skills to their peers. International Education and Resource Network Pakistan enabled students and teachers from different parts of Pakistan to create awareness programs for providing community services to the underserved people. They launched a campaign to highlight the importance of hygiene and the environment, and enabled young people to address the issues of women, health, and education. About 1,000 GCE students from almost 50 schools across Pakistan worked on community service activities focusing on a wide range of issues including: the eradication of poverty, adult education, education for women, pollution, recycling of waste material, beautification of the community, traffic problems, the importance of senior citizens, a healthy diet, cleanliness, drug abuse, the war against terrorism, and world hunger. Local Organizers
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United Christian Welfare Society Movement Against Drug Abuse Farz Association of Rehabilitation and Development (Farz) Z.V.M. Gany Rangoonwala Trust Environmental Rehabilitation for Kids Welfare Organization Young Social Reformers

Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

10,860

The United Christian Welfare Society organized a day of sports activities such as running, cycling, fun games, and three leg running, along with drawing competitions. The Z.V.M. Gany Rangoonwala Trust organized a Jazz Appreciation Month activity with Pakistani children involving Broadway songs and videos. They also hosted an Earth Day awareness program at Jinnah Women University followed by panel discussion with EPA Pakistan & environmental experts. They sponsored a World Children Book day with VM Public School/ Street children literacy project of Health & Education literacy program HELP, and finally they engaged children with their families in different activities on World Earth Day. Young Social Reformers organized a Best Buddies Tournament pairing young people with age mates with mental and/or physical disabilities. The tournament involved young people from different schools and programs, and the activities included friendly unified sports.

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Local Organizer

Russia
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FLEX Alumni People to People International

2008

Number of Participants:

20+

In Kazan, Russia, FLEX alumni Yuliana Amanova and Alina Nasyrova organized a park clean up and ecological seminar which took place April 26. The two alumnae held presentations and designed interactive games to teach the seventh grade class at School #24 about the need to care for the environment, become more environmentally aware, and take care of their motherland. The ecological seminar focused on the themes of littering, recycling, and the health and environmental benefits of planting trees and flowers. Students received statistics about the pollution levels in various regions of Russia and discussed ideas on how to reduce pollution and make the Earth a cleaner place. In St. Petersburg, Russia, GYSD grant recipient Anna Abramishvilli and fellow FLEX alumni organized a Career Day for Orphans project on April 27. Alumni took a group of 15 teenagers to local businesses to teach them about the structure of a typical work day and inform them about job opportunities within the organizations. After visiting local entrepreneurs and learning about business, the participants received training on resume-writing and interview skills. In addition to receiving information and skills necessary to apply for employment, students attended a motivational presentation on the Russian employment market and its need for hardworking young leaders. Finally, representatives from the organization Teenager Plus conducted an interactive leadership and motivational training for the children, where they played games and worked on their communication skills. In Tomsk, Russia, FLEX alumni, in collaboration with Tomsk Youth Duma representatives and seven community youth representatives, organized the GYSD Siberia Clean Up Project. Volunteers chose a local park and yard in the center of Tomsk and began the activity by picking up trash and repainting the playground equipment, benches, and trash cans. In Novosibirsk, Russia, Flex alumni Aleksey Poleshchuk, Tamuna Otiashvili, and Darya Velikoivanenko took part in a clean up activity. The Siberia Clean Up project is a Siberiawide event among FLEX alumni. On April 26, the aforementioned three alumni picked up trash on the campus of the Novosibirsk State University and the surrounding forest. In Vladivostok, Russia, FLEX alumni organized a field day event for the children at the Noviy Orphanage for GYSD. FLEX alumni in Vladivostok have made great efforts to work with the children at the Noviy Orphanage. From January through April, alumni visited the children over 10 times and held weekly music and art classes for them. During this event, a larger group of alumni and their friends visited the children to hold a field day event. Alumni organized various athletic activities and races like the threelegged race, balloon tosses, and other such activities. At the end of the event, each 48 child received a prize and the children and volunteers had a picnic.

In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Kurchatov Friends Meeting Friends chapter of People to People International completed three separate projects within their community. Chapter members provided English language tutoring to junior students in need of individual help. In another project entitled “Friendship without Borders”, students shared their experience with PTPI’s School and Classroom Program as part of their school’s annual Scientific Society Day. The goal was to highlight to their peers the value of cross‐cultural interaction by sharing information about their cultural exchange with schools in the United States. In addition, students collected ten large bags full of clothes, books, toys, and small gifts for children in a local orphanage. Local Organizer People to People International Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

37

The Kurchatov, Russia (Friends Meeting Friends) Student Chapter of People to People International planned three separate projects for GYSD. The first was sponsored by tenth grade students who held a two hour English language tutoring session for younger students in need of individual help. They also made bright and colorful posters to offer practice of the 'Reading Rules' of English. Secondly, senior students made a presentation to the local school community about the 'Languages of the United Europe' in order to promote cultural awareness and arouse interest in foreign languages as a means of communication and interaction. Finally, all chapter members came together to participate in a local clean-up effort. The Vladmir, Russia (Volunteers) Student Chapter of People to People International worked to educate others about People to People International as an organization and focued on promoting environmental protection. The chapter held special lessons in an elementary school to teach children about the environment, and also planted a flower bed to beautify the community. Local Organizer

Tajikistan
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Relief International - Schools Online Tajikistan FLEX Alumni Contact: Ibrahim Rustamov ibrohim@schoolsonline.org

2008
355

More than 250 students volunteered with Relief International - Schools Online Tajikistan to help more than 400 students and community members by conducting multiple service projects. The youth conducted basic computer trainings, organized community clean-ups, and clothes and books donations.
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From April 23-25, GYSD grant recipient Farangisi Nozimzoda, together with fellow FLEX alumni and professional trainers from the Operation Mercy Community Development Program in Hisor, Tajikistan conducted a three-day training for 25 children with visual disabilities scheduled to age out of the orphanage system. The trainings, focusing on micro business and business planning, were conducted to develop the children’s selfesteem, assuredness, problem-solving skills, and confidence, while helping this socially vulnerable group better integrate into their communities. Also, representatives from Operation Mercy’s health and wellness branch talked to the children about modern contraception and the dangers of unprotected sex. On the final day of the training, participants visited local businesses and had a chance to ask business leaders and entrepreneurs about their experience in the workforce and in business development. Organizers hope that this training event will give these orphans a head start as they enter the workforce. Participants left the training with a greater self-confidence and the skills needed in the workplace. In Khorog, Tajikistan, FLEX alumni GYSD grant recipients, together with representatives of the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) held hygiene and healthy living trainings at local schools and an orphanage on April 26-27. The trainings, which were held at the Aga-Khan Lyceum, School #3, School #7, and the Khorog Orphanage, aimed to increase student awareness of hygiene, teach them steps to a healthier lifestyle, and build ties between local schools. During the first day of the training, approximately 80 students took part in a seminar on hygiene and sanitation. During the seminar, students learned the basic rules of hygiene and about diseases that are caused by bad sanitation. Alumni assisted the trainers by engaging students and organizing interactive games for them. The following day, alumni visited the three schools and the orphanage to distribute water tanks, soaps, towels, and wastebaskets. Students and alumni again reviewed the need to wash your hands and encouraged students to not only use the information to protect themselves against diseases, but also share the information with their families and friends. Twenty FLEX and Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (UGRAD) alumni cleaned up the territory of Victory Park in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. In addition to picking up trash, alumni talked to other volunteers about future cooperation and possible joint programs. On April 26, alumni of the Leninsky region joined forces with representatives of the U.S. Embassy to hold a GYSD celebration for the children at an orphanage for deaf children. Organizers planted trees and flowers with the children and helped them to create a beautiful environment around the orphanage.

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Relief International - Schools Online, Ayni Relief International - Schools Online, Chkalovsk Nasli Navras - New Generation School #1 Internet Learning Center - ILC, Isfara School # 1, Ayni Secondary school #14, Kayrakkum Contact: Ibrahim Rustamov ibrohim@schoolsonline.org

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
200+

Relief International - Schools Online, Ayni, conducted trainings at school in Child-toChild methodologies, announced a “ Fresh water- healthy, wealthy community,” and sponsored a competition called” Our health is in our hands.” Relief International - Schools Online, Chkalovsk, organized several activities dedicated to GYSD in their school and Internet Learning Centre. Activities included the students from English Club organizing English Classes for the younger learners, the students of Young Leaders Club creating table games and kites and presenting them to the children in the kindergarten, visiting and helping the old and disabled people of their community and making them presents on holidays and cleaning the yards and streets of their town. Nasli Navras launched a new project on GYSD, a youth-led volunteer club called New Wave. Club members (high school students) led by trainers (university students) learned how to design social initiatives and implement them in their local community. The areas for possible projects included but were not limited to informational campaigns, clean-ups, food/clothes drives, and visits to orphanages, elderly houses, etc. The ILC students from secondary school #1, Ayni district planned a project called “Alternative Approaches to Water Supply.” It was implemented in the Ayni district of Sughd region, Tajikistan, which is an isolated mountainous district and is physically cut off from the rest of the country for 4 to 5 months of the year, due to heavy snowfall and undeveloped roads. The local economy is a mix of animal herding, orchard tending, and some trade, and they rely on open water sources, which can often carry diseases. The volunteers conducted activities among schoolchildren to teach kids how to boil water, keep the water, use chloral tablets, wash their hands, and educated them on why all of these things are necessary. Secondary school #14 planned an activity to teach children computers skills. Youth leaders shared their computers skills with other students. They taught English with Internet access for beginners. Also, volunteers went to the kindergarten classrooms to teach them English and play with them. Additionally, they planned a clean-up near the Youth Center in their town.
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Turkmenistan
Participating Year:

Local Organizer FLEX Alumni

2008

Number of Participants:

In Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan, GYSD grant winner Dovran Balyshov and fellow FLEX alumni together with American Corner volunteers organized computer training classes for eight children with disabilities at the American Corner in Turkmenabat on April 2527. This GYSD event sought to teach children with disabilities the basics of computer and Internet usage. The eight children worked with a personal assistant to complete the exercises in an introduction to computers manual. After completing the exercises in the manual, alumni and volunteers assisted the children as they practiced typing, learned how to use Microsoft Windows, and saved files. Upon the completion of the three-day event, the children with the help of their assistants reviewed the nine units in the manual and demonstrated their newly acquired computer skills. Beyond teaching the children a new and important skill, alumni also hoped that the event would assist these young people integrate into society and lead fulfilling lives. During the second annual Mary Regional Debate Tournament in Mary, Turkmenistan, over 65 students and FLEX trainers learned and honed their debate skills. GYSD grant recipient Irina Grigoryants and fellow FLEX alumni organized teams of students two weeks before the event and held debate classes with them. The teams prepared and practiced debate topics together with their FLEX alumni and Peace Corps coaches. On April 27-28, six debate teams participated in the tournament at the American Corner, debating against each other on issues related to education in Turkmenistan, women’s rights, and freedom of speech. The most outstanding achievement of the project was the ease with which rural and urban students were able to share their ideas and discuss current issues. Participants found a common language and formed fruitful relationships. Students also developed their critical thinking skills and began discussions on global issues. Furthermore, they began the process of constructing their own opinions and developed their teamwork and leadership skills. FLEX coaches and participants together with local debaters plan to open debate clubs in their local schools so as to pass on the skills of debating to younger generations. With the support of the APEX music and brake-dancing group, Flex alum Ogulsoltan Ashyrova organized a long-term activity for youth in the Gorogly region. Over 20 young people took part in daily practices and auditions to be part of a hip hop/rap/ rock music and break dancing group that will hold concerts throughout the region. The proceeds of the concert series will be donated to a local nursing home for adults with physical disabilities. The young people recorded ten songs, which they compiled to make an album. In addition, the APEX break dancing experts choreographed dances to go along with the songs. The group hosted its first show at the Berkarar Farmers’ Association House of Culture, and nearly 50 community members had the chance to experience the first ever hip hop/rap and break dancing concert in the village.

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On April 23-26, FLEX alumni together with GYSD grant winner Lyubov Lakomova hosted the American Culture Spring School at the Bairamali Information Resource Center for the Deaf and Blind and the American Corner in Mary, Turkmenistan. Twenty local students applied for the camp and were chosen for their open-mindedness and interest in American culture. All camp participants came from low income families and have parents with physical or mental disabilities. The camp aimed to teach them more about American culture and improve their leadership, communication, and teambuilding skills. Participants attended a presentation entitled Eyes on America, where they learned about the FLEX Program and the basics of U.S. geography, culture, and the education, as well as roundtable discussions where alumni talked about their onprogram experience. Beyond holding a fun and educational activity for students from low-income families, alumni also hoped to create a project to spark youth enthusiasm to learn about different cultures and teach them how to be leaders in their community. In Abadan, Turkmenistan, GYSD grant recipient and FLEX alum Kristina Fateyeva, in cooperation with representatives of the International Research and Exchanges Board and American Councils staff members organized a clean up activity at the Geokdere River. The main goal of the event was to introduce the local community to the aspect of community service and instill the value of preserving the environment. Eighty-six local students, members of NGOs, and community members, including 12 alumni participated in the clean up. Even local police officers cruising the area and people vacationing near the river took a few trash bags and gloves to pick up garbage. By the end of the event, the volunteers had picked up enough trash to fill a dump truck. In Dashoguz, Turkmenistan, FLEX alum Enahan Shamuratova, together with local volunteers, visited the children at the Dashoguz Special Needs Boarding School on April 25. Volunteers played games with the children and watched a movie with them. At the end of the visit, the children received presents and games for the playroom. On April 19 in Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan, 6 FLEX alumni together with 15 American Corner volunteers picked up trash on the banks of the Amu-Darya River. As participants picked up trash, FLEX alum Sabina Hojakuliyeva talked about the history of GYSD and Earth Day. On April 22 in Yoloten, Turkmenistan, FLEX alum Shahnaz Rafeyeva organized a GYSD clean up at the English Center for 15 students. The event began with a presentation about the holiday and a discussion about the need to take care of the Earth. Later, participants picked up trash in a neighboring park and discussed ideas for other environmentally friendly activities.

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Local Organizer

Uzbekistan
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School Number 34 International Education and Resource Network Uzbekistan Contact: Natalya Hamidova natalya_karshi@mail.ru

2008
135

Students from School Number 34 participated in various environmental exhibitions to raise awareness about the fragility of their environment and how they can help. 104 volunteers then came together to plant pine trees on the school’s campus and go on a bike ride together. Thirty GCE students in collaboration with International Education and Resource Network Uzbekistan from the Parvoz School gave up their Sunday to celebrate Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) on April 20, 2008. Students renovated the site for the summer camp “Yoshlarobod” in the village of Vodil in preparation for the coming summer’s activities. The students cleaned the grounds of the camp, planted flowers, and cleaned and fixed up the buildings on the grounds. The students also researched what people had done locally for GYSD in previous years as well as what people all over the world were planning to do in 2008 and made a presentation of their findings to inspire others to get involved this year. The GCE Parvoz School in Fergana City conducted a GYSD week, in association with the local NGO Ecologically Clean Fergana Association, beginning on April 22, 2008. The week began with a presentation on ecological disasters in the region and the current state of the local environment by representatives from the NGO. As a result of the presentation, students volunteered to clean the City Park and local community area. There was also an essay contest on the topic “What can I do for the nature of Fergana Valley?” and an exhibition of crafts made by students from materials found in nature. All the participants in GYSD week cleaned the school and planted flowers on the grounds to conclude the GYSD week with community service on April 26, 2008. GYSD was also celebrated with several GCE projects in Karshi, including: an exhibition of cacti (a rare plant in Uzbekistan) at School #34 organized by the students in grade 6 to inspire people to protect the environment; a 10k bicycle race organized by GCE students at the Academic Lyceum Nuristan to promote awareness of alternative transportation methods; and cleaning up the trash and planting of about 50 pine trees on the grounds of the Academic Lyceum Nuristan to replace the many that died during the exceptionally cold winter.

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East Asia and Oceania
Local Organizers

Bangladesh
2008

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Bangladesh Education and Resource Network (BEARN) Relief International-Bangladesh Rotaract Club of Khulna University Number of Participants: 3,120

Participating Year:

Relief International Bangladesh mobilized over 3,000 participants through a series of environmental, educational, and disaster management projects in their respective communities. The Rotaract Club of Khulna University arranged a series of seminars that focused on health, education, poverty alleviation, and human trafficking for 20 children. Children from grades one to five learned about the importance of environmental protection thanks to a series of awareness events organized by BEARN and the YES alumni of Bangladesh. Local Organizers
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People to People International National Federation of Youth Organisations in Bangladesh - NFYOB Contact: Dulal Biswas nfyob_bd@yahoo.com

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
3,350+

In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Dhaka, Bangladesh (NFYOB) Student Chapter of People to People International sponsored a project to benefit the community. The chapter organized a Children’s Art Competition with the theme of “Nation Building through Community Service”. The competition took place on 26 April at 10 a.m. at the Bangladesh Shishu Academy in Dhaka. More than 200 students from ages ten to 18 from different schools in the area took part in the competition. The competition was organized by the Dhaka, Bangladesh (NFYOB) PTPI Student Chapter with the help of the Shishu Academy. People to People International is proud of the great participation of the Dhaka, Bangladesh (NFYOB) Student Chapter during its Global Youth Service Day project. Volunteers also hosted a discussion on National Youth Policy, with the Minister for Youth and Sports in attendance as the Chief Guest.
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Cambodia
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer Sao Sary Foundation

2009
35

Contact:

Vichetr Uon contact@ssfcambodia.org

Twenty youth from the Child Protection Center worked with other youth volunteers from their school to make the Center a better place. Children learned about animal husbandry by raising chickens, and volunteers constructed a proper chicken house that allowed the children to harvest eggs. They also created a small garden to be tilled and planted with vegetables that provide a nutritious boost to the children’s' diet. Finally, a basketball hoop was set up for the children. After lunch, youth leaders facilitated a reflection activity on the value of volunteering. Local Organizer
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China

Global Partners: China-USA GreenSOS Green Student Forum Tongren Orphanage Youth Growth Association & League Committee Number of Participants:

Youth

Participating Year:

2008

253

Global Partners volunteers were able to do a little planting as 35 students helped plant trees and bushes in a park for six hours. The children also helped pick up garbage in the park. GreenSOS allowed 26 children to draw flowerpots on 80 biodegradable bags while simultaneously learning about global warming. Green Student Forum also addressed environmental issues through lectures, activities, and discussions. In a program that was codesigned by members of the Technology and Science Department of the University of Beijing, elementary students were taught about the importance of environmental protection and were urged to spread this message to their parents, siblings, and grandparents.

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Tongren Orphanage organized 45 students and teachers from the Qihang English Training School and the Tongren Teacher's College to help brighten the walls of the two year olds' dormitory by painting over 900 square feet of murals. Youth Growth Association and the Youth League Committee of UESTC teamed up to organize math and English tutoring activities for students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade. Around 30 volunteers helped teach 90 students math and English skills and also planned after-school activities for the lower income children at the Tongren Community Primary School. Local Organizers
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Shanxi Evergreen International School - SEIS Love Without Borders Other various groups and students throughout China Number of Participants: 679

Participating Year:

2009

During the period of April 1--April 25, an estimated 220 volunteers designed a social survey about the living and educational condition of the migrant workers' children in Shanghai’s urban areas. The project linked up younger students with college-age tutors in an effort to initiate a long-term free tutoring service to make up for expensive educational resources. The community in general was encouraged to make food donations and render other services so that the youth in these migrant communities grow up with the resources and nutrition they require to remain physically and mentally strong. 50 percent of adults in Yongji, Shanxi Province, China are smokers, so a group of 100 children led an anti-smoking campaign to help reduce the rate of smoking in their community.

29 students introduced sports equipment that they obtained from local resources and engaged in a number of sports activities to show 200 of their peers that athletic exposure is just as crucial to one’s development as academics in order to provide children with a physical outlet after spending so much time in school and doing homework at home.
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Shanxi Evergreen International School (SEIS) hosted two sports days, one for a migrant school and one for a village school in rural Shanxi. The students provided a presentation on the importance of exercise on good health. They also donated sports equipment to those schools. National Lead Agency

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKYFG) Local Organizer International Social Service

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2008
10,865

Contact: Lau Wai Sum yvn@hkfyg.org.hk

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) organized 193 volunteer services that served 24,000 people in Hong Kong. In response to the growing needs of communities, HKFYG decided to launch this year's series of volunteering projects in the theme "We Serve the Community" this year. The Hong Kong Branch of International Social Service mobilized 1,200 students to serve 3,756 people in the community and brought the students from 13 schools throughout Hong Kong together to work on community service projects. Local Organizers
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International Social Service Hong Kong Branch The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Number of Participants: 12,000

Participating Year:

2009

The International Social Service Hong Kong Branch will designate April 2009 as the “Month Celebrating Global Youth Service Day 2009.” Social workers will promote the GYSD to the 11 serving secondary schools, which are located in different community districts in Hong Kong with a population of about 11,000 young people. The aim is not only to motivate our children and youth to participate in serving their community in the month of GYSD, but also to preach the spirit and meaning of helping the needy in their community, and to affirm their contributions to the community. The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups will designate April as “Volunteer Service Month” and organize several volunteer service projects and encourage youth volunteers to participate. Also, the Federation will call for the support from youth organizations and schools to organize service projects for GYSD in their community. In order to arouse the public to support GYSD, a newspaper supplement will be published in April 2009.
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Indonesia
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

National Lead Agency LMPI Foundation

2008
5,000

Contact: Shakina Mirfa Nasution lmpi_iemi@yahoo.com

For the first time, GYSD 2008 in Indonesia were led by the LMPI Foundation which mobilized more than 4,789 active participants and to benefit more than 10,000 participants in 32 institutions ranging from kindergartens to universities to youth communities. The national theme was Strengthening our Global Future through Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship. Topics developed by Local Organizers included environment, healthcare, education, and entrepreneurship. Local Organizers
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Al-Mamun Education Center KOMUNITAS KOVINET Komunitas Bersepeda Sehat 2010 Jyotirmayee Mahila Samiti Homeschooling Beranda SMP Islam Al-Syukro Anak Bangsa Indonesia MPPlusNAD PAUD Al Kautsa

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SD Negeri Tonjong 03 LPII Foundation al-Syukro High School Cendekia Leadership School Dade Homeschooling DwiWarna High School Forum Mahasiswa Pendidikan Luar Sekolah – FMPLS LPII Foundation

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
5,490+

Contact: Shakina Mirfa Nasution lmpi_iemi@yahoo.com

Kindergarten, elementary, and junior high school students from the Al-Mamun Education Center collected trash which they reused and recycled into usable things. They also participated in the "Make Green School to Reduce Climate Change" campaign. KOMUNITAS KOVINET volunteers participated in activities which included an art and creativity show focused around a poetry reading on an environmental issue. 45 students from SMP Islam Al-Syukro had a training to be Healthy Youth Cadre with issues area HIV, Anti Drugs, and Dengue Fever. Also, junior high school students checked places in their neighborhood which have the possibility of being a place for the Aides Mosquito reproduction. Tonjong Elementary School hosted a Care For School Event. The students and teachers cleaned up their neighborhood, collected used products, and played a movie about Green Life Style. A local newspaper and district officers also took part in the event.
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Students and teachers from the Cendekia Leadership School collected used plastic bottles to focus on global warming issues. The collection of bottles was shaped into a big "Candi" (traditional shape monument), and were then given to a place that recycles plastic. In public places near the school, Dade Homeschooling volunteers trained young people, teachers, and parents to make a safe paint (non toxic) for children and make a decoration using hand and food prints. Trained volunteers applied their skills to kindergarten-age children through the "Youth Guide, Ask and Explore" event. The LPII Foundation hosted a series of service projects, some of which included an event centered around International Malaria Day and the problem of epidemic dengue in Indonesia; outdoor leadership and educational games for children and youth; environmentally sustainable activities; volunteers who worked on giving sightless student access towards academic books through printing books in Braille; collecting educational and health materials to donate to those in need; a story book collection drive; an anti-bullying awareness campaign for elementary students; trash collecting and recycling projects; the promoting of traditional Indonesian dance and music; the opening of a Children’s Mobile Library; and an awareness campaign to youth on how to prepare their readiness towards adultness. Local Organizer People to People International

Malaysia
Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

50

In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SRI KDU) Student Chapter of People to People International participated in a project to benefit the community. The chapter implemented a project with a group of indigenous people entitled 'Preserving Cultural Traditions in a Modernising World'. On April 26, chapter members visited the 'Mah Meri', meaning people of the jungle, and interacted with the community and assessed how the chapter could further assist the locals. Chapter members interviewed the people and had the opportunity to witness a tribal dance and see the wood-carvers and weavers at work. This GYSD project directly contributed to People to People International’s mission of Peace through Understanding.

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Nepal
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

National Lead Agency Youth Initiative

2008
50

Contact:

Manogya Sharma manogya@youth.org.np

Youth Initiative conducted multiple events at its 10 strategic locations, where a total of 500 young people participated in the events which included 50 volunteers. Seminars on the country's recently held elections and the role of youths in it; along with public speaking and presentation skill sessions were part of the celebrations. Local Organizer
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Youth Initiative Volunteer Nepal National Group Contact: Rukh Gurung info@youthinitiative.org.np Ziad Ali www.volnepal.np.org

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009 32,000

The organization Youth Initiative launched the National Youth Service (NYS) on Global Youth Service Day across the country. NYS was launched for the first time in 2007. This program provides the opportunity for urban youths to visit rural locations where they serve to enhance the development of local youth. Other activities included a Youth Discussion Series (YDS), which is one of the oldest programs of Youth Initiative. The discussion series for GYSD was the theme of volunteerism and youth service. They also hosted a debate club, held meetings to coordinate the events, prepared press releases, and created a website about Youth Initiative and GYSD. Volunteer Nepal organized a free dental camp at Chitwan in association with four dentists from United Kingdom and the Nepalese Dental Clinic. The goal of the camp was to provide free dental service and check-ups for poor and under privileged people of Chitwan. Volunteer Nepal works to assist and improve the welfare of the underprivileged in their society by fostering rural, sustainable development; education and capacity building; information communication and technology; literacy; economically self-sustaining activities for women and children; and consultancy.

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Local Organizers

Philippines
2008

Brotherhood of Destiny (BROOD) Environmental Advocators' Club Service For Peace in the Philippines Voice of the Youth Network Philippines Number of Participants: 538

Participating Year:

35 youth leaders participated in a Youth Summer Camp organized by Brotherhood of Destiny (BROOD). They were educated on issues involving climate change, environment, and peace advocacy. Students from the Environmental Advocator’s Club at Balza National High School, with the assistance of Peace Corps Volunteers, led a 2-day environmental camp in which participants learned about climate change, solid-waste management and natural resource conservation. Voice of the Youth Network and Green Army Network Foundation mobilized more than 200 volunteers to plant 10,000 seedlings/trees, which will be crucial for a sustainable water supply and biodiversity of the forest areas. Service For Peace in the Philippines celebrated Global Youth Service Day with the Asian Alliance’s celebration of Walk the Talk - Earth Day celebration, April 18, 2008, Quezon City Hall, Philippines. Nineteen-year-old SPACE Director Noriel Doroteo served as Project Director for the event, with VMP Director Marc Orenza as the Coordinator representing Service For Peace and Host of the morning event. Service For Peace conducted ECO Kids that is composed of Story Telling about Global Warming titled “Garbage Monster” by SFP Executive Director Robert Sunga and ECO Habit, a game where the kids choose whether a habit is good or bad for the environment with 33 Service For Peace Community Volunteers as their ‘big brothers and sisters’ guiding them in the game and Recycle Session sponsored by Tetra Pak. Thirty kids aged 7-15 joined the activity. People as well as the kids were informed about Global Warming, its effects and how to prevent it. Allied partners on their respective booth showed ways and means on living in an environmentally friendly way.

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Singapore
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer TOUCH Community Services

2009
796

Contact:

Kelly Low kelly.low@touch.org.sg

TOUCH Community Services hosted a variety of service projects focused around issues such as the eradication of poverty and hunger, empowering women in the area of leadership, combating HIV/AIDS, and ensuring environmental sustainability. The projects ranged from direct to indirect client service. The youth volunteers spanned across 17 different services through TOUCH and designed, implemented and executed various community projects. Local Organizers

South Korea
Participating Year:

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People to People International Service for Peac

2008

In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the HAFS (Yongin, Kyunggido) chapter of People to People International organized an environmental program within their school. PTPI is proud of the great participation by HAFS Chapter members. Service for Peace-South Korea conducted 2 Global Youth Service Day projects. On Friday, April 25th, in partnership with Aewon volunteer organization, SFP helped organize a splendid event took place in Koyang Eoulrimnuri (Star-sand Theater) in Seoul. In honor of Global Youth Service Day (25th -27th of April) and commemorating the Day of persons with disabilities, Aewon invited young musicians with physical or mental disabilities who live in Koyangsi to perform in front of around 280 people. To help the smooth running of the concert, SFP recruited 12 university students from 6 different universities. They were divided into several teams to undertake the tasks of usher, information desk, PR booth, Photo zone, backstage, etc.

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In the centre of another GYSD celebration in Korea this year, were service activities in a farm village with multi-cultural families. There were 36 volunteers – mothers and their children (mothers coming from Mongolia, Thailand, and The Philippines; married to South Korean men and living in South Korea) to help wives from Yeoncheon (a demilitarized zone), who were doing farming at the rental ginseng patches by themselves, because their husbands had been injured by land mines. On one hand we gave mothers and children the chance to get to know each other better as well as to reinforce the relationships of warmth and affection between them by various games such as “With eyes of love”, “Find your child”, “Obstacle race carrying son or daughter on her back with eye bandage” and so on. After this family program we learned how to distinguish weeds from ginseng seedlings and then, pulled out the weeds at the ginseng patch and also planted the lettuce seedlings. Volunteers realized how hard housewives work without their husbands’ help and were happy to give them a hand. Through the project, parents and sons or daughters had the opportunity to work together as one team and to realize the value of family and the importance of family service.

Local Organizer People to People International Participating Year:

2009

In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Yongin, South Korea (HAFS) Student Chapter of People to People International participated in a project to benefit the global community. The chapter sponsored a fundraiser and sold cookies to benefit the Operation Iraqi Children organization. The chapter successfully sold all of the cookies it had prepared for the fundraiser and looks forward to supporting Operation Iraqi Children again during future service projects. National Lead Agency

Sri Lanka
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Sri Lanka-United Nations Friendship Organisation

2008
1,110

Contact:

Deshapriya S. Wijetunge sunfowyc@sunfo.org

Sri Lanka-United Nations Friendship Organisation was the NLA for Sri Lanka and organized many activities that were beneficial to the communities and engaged youth volunteers all over the country.

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Local Organizers People to People International Global Call to Action against Poverty GCAP Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

400+

The Colombo, Sri Lanka (Dambadeni Arunalu) Student Chapter of People to People International organized a two day camp for youth to study the biodiversity in a local forest. Furthermore, the chapter implemented a water monitoring activity with the objective of conducting 400 tests using the testing kits received from World Water Monitoring program and completed 20 rain water saving units for use in households as models for the community to follow. Finally, the chapter found five disappearing species of mango and reintroduced them by producing 1,000 plants to be replanted. GCAP Sri Lanka worked with other organizations to sponsor a one day seminar for 400 School Prefects (Young Leaders) at the German Technical training Center Auditorium, in Katbedda, Moratuwa Sri Lanka with prominent key speakers. Global Youth Service Day, HIV/AIDS, Drug Control, Youth Leadership, Stand Up-Speak Out 2009, Mind Development, and Millennium Development Goals were key topics discussed. Additionally, capoeira Brazilian cultural performances were presented. Local Organizer

Taiwan
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

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National Youth Commission Service for Peace Contact: Huang Yu-feng yfhwang@nyc.gov.tw

2008
60,000

The National Youth Commission (NYC) engaged approximately 60,000 youth volunteers in “Young People Cherish the Earth.” Activities to raise awareness about global warming and the importance of volunteering were held in conjunction with World Tanabata Action organization, which was founded in Japan. As a celebration of this year’s GYSD, Service for Peace-Taiwan, a group of young volunteers, children from underprivileged families and several foreign teachers offered a stage presentation to the local community in Veterans Village of Kaohsiung City in Taiwan Province of China. The show consisted of musical performances, spontaneous interactions with the audience and a stage play. The show was in Chinese and English, but the audience had the opportunity to learn basic greetings in several European languages.

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The students performed a short harmonica and violin concert. Then the volunteers explained about some of their previous service projects and future plans in the community. The activity finished with the show of the children’s own interpretation of “Old MacDonald’s Farm”, where many different animals were helping each other and living together in peace and harmony. At the end of the play, the children invited the audience to join them in a Happy Farm Dance. The activity gave a chance to the underprivileged children (who are usually recipients of service) to act as volunteers. It enhanced their creativity and self-expression through the stage play, which was fully created by them, including the screenplay. It also engaged them more in the community life and challenged their communication and leadership skills through the interaction with a much older audience. The project had a great impact on the underprivileged children and their families, as well as on the group of foreign teachers. As a result of the project’s success, Bureau of Cultural Affairs of Kaohsiung City recognized the project as meaningful and useful and wants to plan more similar activities with us. The foreign teachers presented a few comic stories about the life of a foreigner in Taiwan Province of China, which were awarded with a lot of laughs and applauses from the audience. Local Organizers
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Kaohsiung Youth Volunteer Center National Youth Commission - NYC

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
150,300

Contact: acradiokitty@yahoo.com.tw

The Kaohsiung Youth Volunteer Center held a focusing activity- “southern youth volunteer gathering” to celebrate GYSD. They gathered youth volunteers to aid minority families and assist in making cuisine under the instruction of National Kaohsiung Hospitality College and seafood institution. They also arranged youth club performances to bring a lively atmosphere. The National Youth Commission organized “Youth Volunteer Service for Regional Peace” in order to encourage young people to care international affairs and domestic development and to willingly receive services-learning training. The main idea was to foster Taiwanese youth’s volunteering services at home and abroad, including supporting the poor and the weak, working towards sustainable development, etc. Additionally, the regional focal activities of GYSD were held in Central Taiwan, East Taiwan and South Taiwan. The volunteer centers of NYC Taiwan held the regional rally to pledge volunteers and many local volunteer services. By means of the connection that exists between schools, communities and institutions, the experience and spirit of service was able to be promoted.
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Thailand
Participating Year:

Local Organizer Service for Peace

2008

Number of Participants:

105

Service For Peace Thailand celebrated Global Youth Service Day with two projects: one project was the renovation of Badindecha Development Center (a center for poor Islamic children), situated in the Islamic part of Bangkok. Thirty young volunteers, students from Ramkhamhaeng University, took part in the renovation of the children’s center. Before volunteering, they were educated about Global Youth Service Day and its significance. The second project involved 75 school students from different provinces of Thailand, and their parents, in cleaning Bangsan Beach in the Chonburi Province. This was the first time our volunteers did civil service so we gave them lectures on the importance of service and the opportunities that Global Youth Service Day presents to the world’s young volunteers, as well as on the vision and mission of Service For Peace. Through cleaning out the Beach and making it a lovely place to spend your time people who originally come from rich families and usually do not participate in such activities acquired a taste for being volunteers and living in harmony with one another and with nature. Local Organizer Service for Peace Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

45

Service For Peace in Thailand celebrated Global Youth Service Day by conducting a project called “Youths Care for the Environment.” A total of 45 volunteers took part in the project. Due to the bad weather conditions, the planned cleaning was postponed and the service project transformed into an educational program. Mr. Samnao Ratsamitat, Mayor of Bangnamphueng District Administration Organization, which partnered with SFP for this project, gave a lecture on how service activities improve the quality of life in the community and encouraged the youths to participate in more and more service projects. Mr. Raweetiwat Srisutthisa-ard, Director of SFP in Thailand, talked about the history of GYSD and about the meaning and the value of service for the community. Everyone expressed their genuine regret for not being able to volunteer that day, as well as their willingness to take part in future service activities. The program went on with team-building games and singing happy songs.

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Tonga
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer National Youth Commission

2009
30

Contact: onthespot.tonga@gmail.com

On the Spot held a trash and recycling clean-up, fixed up a building, sponsored community art activities, and visited the children’s ward of a hospital in honor of Global Youth Service Day.

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North Africa and the Middle East Algeria
Participating Year: Number of Participants: Local Organizer Eco-Action

2008
160

Contact:

Adel Gana ganadel@gmail.com

Eco-Action launched a "Green School Event" by renovating and refurbishing the "Mouloud Kanem" elementary school. Local Organizer GCE - iEARN Bahrain

Bahrain
Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

50

Students planted plants in one of the schools' gardens. The aim of this event was to make students aware of the importance of their school environment, to introduce types of plants that can long live in their country, and to celebrate Global Youth Service Day.

Egypt
Participating Year:

Local Organizer People to People International

2008

Contact:

Dina El Mahdy missdina@windowslive.com Eyman eymantco7@yahoo.com

In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Agents of Change for Tomorrow (Sadat City) chapter of People to People International teamed up with the Sadat City Peacekeepers Student Chapter to organize a project to benefit children in a local orphanage. Chapter members led a school assembly to inform their fellow students about Global Youth Service Day. They also took the opportunity to encourage students throughout the school to donate to the orphanage. The chapters created a large painting of the GYSD logo and displayed it at the assembly. The two chapters visited the orphanage together, bringing athletic and entertainment equipment along with snacks for the children. The chapters decided to continue their project by inviting the children in the orphanage to visit their school during the school’s annual International Day.
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Egyptian Association for Educational Resources (E-ERA) People to People International Contact: Nanis Yousry info@egypt-era.org Ammar Kandil ammar_494@yahoo.com

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
460

The Egyptian Association for Educational Resources launched a capacity building program to develop the skills and abilities of active iEARN Alumni who will be working with students at schools during the academic year on various projects such as YouthCaN, MDGs-Only With Your Voice, and many others. The capacity building program was composed of four main stages: self-awareness, social awareness, change, and action. Each stage was composed of a number of workshops, panel discussions, activities, and field trips that reviewed youth-led initiatives and concluded with a team building camp. They organized a day with the children in Cancer hospital 57357 called the Children’s Arts Competition, which consisted of two parts: the first one was a brief explanation to the kids about the main themes of the book "Grapes of Wrath;” the second was trying to encourage the students to draw what they learnt on Art Murals. Additionally, they organized the 2009 YouthCaN conference for students who share an interest in being involved in protecting the environment. The students also took part in environmental activities such as recycling, water testing, art and First aid. In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Monofeia, Egypt (Sadat City Peacekeepers) Student Chapter of People to People International focused on an environmental projects, and more specifically on water management and energy saving. For the project, the chapter asked the students in its school and community to close all the water taps and turn off all lights their homes for one hour. The project will not only save water and energy, but will also educate others about responsible usage of resources.

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Iraq
Participating Year:

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Iraqi Democratic Coalition for Youth Empowerment GCE and iEARN-IRAQ Number of Participants: 90

2008
Contact: Mohammed A. Abed Albak

Iraqi Democratic Coalition for Youth Empowerment engaged community members to teach them first aid management and emergency care for burn victims.

GCE students and teachers from the Agriculture Bakrajo Secondary School in the city of Sulemany participated in a combined Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) environmental activity on April 22, 2008. The two teachers and their students visited the public spaces and parks around the city presenting on the importance of a clean environment and the ways that people can improve the environment around them. The GCE students and teachers also posted signs and flyers with advice about how everybody can do their part to save the planet.

Israel
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

National Lead Agency Service for Peace- Israel

2008
210

Contact: Baruch Shalev israel@serviceforpeace.org

Service for Peace- Israel coordinated 9 different projects in Israel and 1 joint IsraeliPalestinian effort. These projects encouraged social action by youth and covered diverse topic from the environment and peace to taking flowers to the sick in hospitals.

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Many of the projects involved volunteers and participants from various background (Jewish, Arab, Druze, Bedouin, Sudanese refugees and new immigrants from different countries), thus having an element of cultural dialogue and promotion of collaboration and integration among various groups. There was a wide variety of themes of the projects. Some were related to environment and peace, some were enhancing intergenerational dialogue, some were tackling problems of inclusion of ethnic minorities and refugees, others were purely oriented to social action, work with children, as well as humanity-oriented, such as visiting people in hospitals, giving them flowers, letter and presents and talking to them. “All Nations Cafe” and “SFP-Israel” organized a project exploring the theme of environment and peace. Israeli and Palestinian peace loving people gathered together to implement two days service project on clanging, gardening and planting. The event took place between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The aim of the project was to fulfill the vision of the organizers of a green and open valley for people of all nations - a place for people to meet, work together, to reserve the nature and live beyond physical and mental borders. “The Orthodox Scout Organization” carried out a big sport event, all day long, with the participation of 73 children in risk and 35 young scouts. During the day they activated the children with scout activities. The children were helping in everything that had to be built. “The Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel” organized in Jerusalem an intercultural project. Young volunteers, Jews and Arabs together, met young people and children from Sudan, who are refugees in Israel. This informal seminar-like meeting was focused on the topic of relations between the three involved communities – Jews, Arabs and Sudanese. They shared their points of views and knowledge to the others and discussed how their communities can collaborate better through youth participation. They were also making games and playing with the little children. Meanwhile they planned a second part of the project, in which together they will organize a one day community service activity, which will take place in the end of May 2008.
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“Encouragement of Sport in Ihsal and the Region” organized a GYSD project in the village Arab village of Kfar Daburie. The project included children from 1st grade from the sports school. The aim of the project is to get the children closer to old people, to nurture in them an attitude of service to others, and to build in them respect and appreciation of the elderly. The children visited a senior citizen’s institution and spent one day there. During this day they were encouraged to serve. They changed places with the personnel of the institution for a while and made the beds and cleaned parts of the place for the residents. The children and senior citizens made a party in order to celebrate their interaction and togetherness. The Community Center and the City Council of Sajur, in the north of Israel, organized a GYSD project, involving youth and children. The project took place in the Western Galilee Hospital in the town of Naharia. Volunteers visited sick children, in order to raise their spirit and make them feel good. The volunteers were talking to the children and giving them presents. They came to the hospital with prepared personal letters to every single child and visited all children in all the departments in the hospital. The project was organized by Druze youth in a hospital located in the west of the Galilee, where the population is mixed and includes Jews, Bedouins, Christians and Druze. This gave the project an intercultural element. “The Negev Institute for Strategic Peace Building” organized a workshop on social involvement and on the idea of leading change. There were 110 volunteers from many villages in the south. Each group of volunteers had its own project which they presented in summary workshop. Some of the projects they had were cleaning the school, helping the elderly , doing fun activity with the children in the school, and so on. In the end of the workshop about social involvement there was a show.

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“Sevivon Community Business” reshaped the school yard of Waldorf school for special education, located between a Jewish and Arab neighborhood in East Talpiot in Jerusalem with the help of volunteers from Israel and Palestine. The work was led by the international social artist Johannes Mathiessen. This world famous artist, who carried out social projects in many countries, initiated a group of leaders in the field of social action. This project started with cleaning, moving of heavy rocks and changing the energy in the school yard. Young Muslim youth joined spontaneously in the activity and helped. The children of the school were very happy with the incredible change when the project ended. The Informal Education Department at the Municipality of Ramat HaSharon organized several events over a whole month. All of them were promoting the idea of volunteering among young people and were aimed at bringing joy to children. The volunteers created street performances and performances for ill children. The activities were open for all age groups.

Lebanon
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

National Lead Agency Association of Volunteer Services

2008
1,000

Contact:

Dr. Patricia Nabti avs@avs.or.lb

Association of Volunteer Services organized a series of events in Lebanon, ranging from tree planting to recycling programs to visiting orphanages. Young volunteers were involved in all aspects of the projects – planning, organizing, implementing, and following up.

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National Lead Agency Association of Volunteer Services Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
5,000

Contact:

Dr. Patricia Nabti avs@avs.or.lb

The Association for Volunteer Services established the Youth Empowerment Council to engage youth in organizing GYSD Lebanon and participate in other activities to promote youth volunteering. Together with its Youth Empowerment Council, AVS staff and trainers provide training sessions in five different areas of Lebanon on how to plan and implement effective service projects. AVS seeks to empower youth groups to plan and implement their own projects, it does not organize big projects, but encourages schools, universities, and youth groups to have small groups organize their own projects. They also actively encourage groups in other Arab countries to participate in GYSD. Local Organizer

Mauritania
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

ONG DST pour la Promotion de l'Education et la Sante

2008
30

Contact:

Niang Alioune ndndrw2000@yahoo.fr

ONG DST pour la Promotion de l'Education et la Sante had 30 volunteers engaged in organizing a conference on family planning and reproductive health for the general public.

Palestine
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer People to People International

2009
350+

Contacts:

Raed Hamouri raed.hamouri@ri.org Ola Al-Tamimi (Hebron) ola@ri.org

The Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories (RI-SOL CBLAC) Student Chapter of People to People International participated in a clean-up initiative entitled “Cleanliness has colors!” The goal of the project was to support responsible environmental management and beautify the historic Beit Jala area of Bethlehem. Waste receptacles in this area were painted bright colors to improve the image of the community for residents and non-residents alike.
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In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Hebron, Palestinian Territories (RISOL Community Based Learning Center) Student Chapter of People to People International participated in an initiative to benefit the environment. In cooperation with the American Consulate, the GYSD event was planned in cooperation with five schools in the community. Workshops were offered to educate others about the importance of the environment, the use of sun energy and recycling. Additionally, many of the participating schools coordinated service projects. In both Al-Ameer Mohammad Boys Secondary School and Al-Maznyah Girls Secondary School, more than 100 students painted the inner walls of their schools and cleaned all of the classrooms as a part of GYSD efforts. In King Kahlid Boys Secondary School, 60 students planted flowers and other plants around the school and classrooms. In Khaulah School, several girls and teachers worked to improve the backyard of the school and cleaned all the classrooms of the school. Finally, in Abd AZez Girls School, about 100 girls joined together to plant trees and flowers in the backyard of the school and painted all the walls of the school. In total, more than 250 participants were engaged through these GYSD activities.

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West and Central Africa
Local Organizer CEG Banzon

Burkina Faso
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2008
250

Contact:

Stephanie Gottlieb srgottlieb@yahoo.com

CEG Banzon helped over 250 students create the first student-run garden in Banzon. Along with providing a community space for young people to congregate and work together, all fruits and vegetables that are cultivated from the garden were used in lunches for students at school. Local Organizers

Cameroon
2008

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GIC Bellomar Cameroun Youths Ahead! Youth Crime Watch Youth Employment Fund Number of Participants: 1,396

Participating Year:

GIC Bellomar Cameroon educated the public about the dangers of HIV and AIDS. In their second project, they joined with the University of Douala's Red Cross Club to train youths in fire safety and awareness. Youths Ahead! mobilized over 1,300 volunteers in a series of projects, including running a book drive for young children, promoting awareness about HIV/AIDS and illegal immigration, and helping young musicians jumpstart their musical careers. Youth Crime Watch volunteers put on a concert to the members of the surrounding community. The 40 volunteers also engaged in projects that dealt with poverty alleviation, environmental issues, and empowering women. Youth Employment Fund organized a career orientation workshop where participants were given the opportunity to listen and ask questions from a panel of several professionals, including members from the American Embassy's Ministry of Youth Affairs and Netcom representatives.

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Local Organizer
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Green Cameroon Adele Reproductive Health Foundation Cameroon Youth Employment Fund - YEF Contact: Masango Sone Greencameroon@hotmail.com Dr Gwewasang C. Martin Gwewasang@takingitglobal.org

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
406+

Green Cameroon organized a general clean up campaign and public talk on global warming and climate change in the Buea municipality. The goal was to educate the community on properly disposing its huge piles of garbage found along the major streets and to raise general public awareness on environmental issues. The Youth Employment Fund organized a two-day workshop to impart skills to youth on how they can create and manage their own small businesses so as to empower youth to be self-employed, and consequently reduce youth unemployment in the community.

Central African Republic
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer Association NEPAD Centrafrique

2008
210

Contact:

Sibiro Philippe Junior dostonio@yahoo.fr

Association NEPAD Centrafrique organized a series of events to celebrate GYSD, including a football match, tree planting, clean-up campaign, and HIV/AIDS awareness, all highlighting the role of young volunteers in their communities. Local Organizer Association NEPAD Centrafrique

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
8,000

Contact:

Sibiro Philippe Junior dostonio@yahoo.fr

Association NEPAD Centrafrique hosted a variety of events in honor of GYSD, including helping to plant nurseries and trees, clean-up projects in various public places, producing a radio show, raising awareness about peace and peacekeeping, and a competition among cyclists who volunteered.
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Local Organizers

Côte d'Ivoire

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New Generation in Action for Better Afrika - NGABA International Education and Resource Network Côte D'Ivoire Contact: Makouani Diabate diabatebecca@yahoo.fr Oscar SEKA iearn.ci@safe-mail.net

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2008
1,040+

As a movement of youth taking action for solving problems in its community, the New Generation in Action for Better Afrika decided to take care of their environment through a project of cleaning their district while employing the young people of their district, and also visited orphans of the village of Abobo and brought them gilts. The International Education and Resource Network Côte d’Ivoire held conferences in different schools in Abidjan and Gagnoa in order to launch a campaign of lobbying for the integration of ICT in education in a school in Gagnoa. Students, teachers and others partners were invited to sign a petition to send to public officials. National Lead Agency

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

EJCEDNU Local Organizer Ligue Des Jeunes Pour la Paix et le Développement en DRC

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2008
270

Contact:

Richard Mboungou Ejcednu_youth.coord@yahoo.fr

Espace des Jeunes Chrétiens pour l'Entreprenariat et le Développement pour les Nations Unies (EJCEDNU) engaged 150 volunteers in projects that helped the fight against youth poverty in Congolese communities and another 120 children engaged in discussions about human rights, especially among people with physical handicaps. Ligue des Jeunes Pour la Paix et le Développement en DRC taught people what their rights are and what they can do to reclaim these rights.

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National Lead Agency Youth Realities Network (YOUR-NET) Local Organizers

Ghana

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Action for Community Development Child Research for Action and Development Agency (CRADA Group) Harmony Community Disabled Center Young People We Care's (YPWC) Service for Peace Contact: Ernest Asiedu Odei asieduvval@yahoo.com

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2008
1,432

Youth Realities Network (YOUR-NET) asked representatives from the Ghanaian Peace Corps, Ghana Health Services, and the Adenta Constituency to speak to children about malaria eradication and prevention. In their biggest project, 14 volunteers from various educational institutions served approximately 650 people from the Amarahia Township and the Otopeasi Village in a medical outreach program. Action for Community Development led 800 volunteers in a youth rally with other local organizations to raise awareness about youth volunteerism as an asset towards promoting balance, peace, and human rights in Ghanaian communities and a tree planting celebration. Harmony Community Disabled Center 140 youth (both non-disabled and disabled) took part in activities over three days for the GYSD celebrations which included an essay writing competition, learning sign language, playing soccer and kickball, and dancing with the Liberian Cultural Dance Troupe. Child Research for Action and Development Agency (CRADA Group) mobilized 200 volunteers in their campaign to raise awareness about child exploitation. Young People We Care's (YPWC) were armed with the goal of educating youth participants on the impacts of climate change. Representatives from YPWC organized a climate change program with the pupils of Gyinyasi Junior High School. On April 26th Service for Peace-Ghana made a visit to Missionary of Charity, Theresa orphanage in Kumasi. The orphanage takes care of children from 3 months to 16 years of age, who come from different regions of Ghana. Thanks to Sister Judith, SFP volunteers got familiar with the problems these children face and realized that it is NGOs and good people that help them to survive. Volunteers donated some items (such as clothes and food) that had been collected beforehand for the orphanage and interacted with some of the kids.
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C.H.D.S.C. Ghana Young People We Care (YPWC) Richbone Initiative Foundation Global-Cultural Solution Youth Realities Network Student in Free Enterprise – IPS People to People International

Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

16,508+

The CHDSC Ghana is coordinating different activities to meet specific community needs, such as issues of environmental degradation, sanitation problems, tree planting, clean water for all, healthy lifestyles, child abuse, and other issues that falls under the UN Millennium Development Goals. The Youth Realities Network organized a Youth Forum on Education, HIV/AIDS and Migration. At the forum, issues and problems concerning education, HIV/AIDS and migration in Africa were discussed and petitions were presented to the ECOWAS and African Union Secretariat, as well as various West African High Commissions in Ghana. Youth volunteers also taught their fellow students about the importance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Over 60 percent of the local population is under the age of 25, but their voice is often lost in the decision-making forums. Therefore, in order to provide youth with a global perspective of the potential for their contributions, youth organizers used their knowledge of the MDGs to plan an environmental project to take better care of their natural surroundings. The Student in Free Enterprise IPS chapter hosted a Leadership and Governance conference in Accra in celebration of GYSD. The themes for the conference were dimensions, causes, and consequences of immigrants in the western world. The conference served as a think tank for youth leaders from various organizations that promote global democracy and human rights. The Accra, Ghana Student Chapter of People to People International participated in a variety of projects to benefit the Teshie Township community. The chapter organized a community clean-up project and visited one of the local orphanages. The chapter also collected assorted items to donate to an orphanage.

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Guinea
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

National Lead Agency Jeunesse Royale

2008
850

Contact:

Ahmed Sekou Traoré jeunesseroyale@yahoo.fr

Jeunesse Royale celebrated GYSD through projects led by 850 Guinean youth, who served an estimated 5,000 people. Local Organizer ONG Jeunesse Royale

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
60

Contact:

Ahmed Sekou Traoré jeunesseroyale@yahoo.fr

The organization Jeunesse Royale organized a conference on citizenship as well as on the transition of the military regime in Guinea in celebration of Global Youth Service Day. It allowed young people to engage in voluntary activities through communities.

Liberia
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

National Lead Agency Vision Sisters for Development

2008
10,000

Contact:

Sametta George visionorglib@yahoo.com

Vision Sisters for Development organized clean-up campaigns and knowledge quizzes reaching 10,000 young people. The event led to a United Nations Volunteers pledge to support skill training programs. Local Organizers
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Vision Sisters for Development Fiamah Youth in Action for Development Contact: Sametta George visionorglib@yahoo.com

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
4,000+

The Vision Sisters for Development mobilized and encouraged youth volunteerism at community and personnel levels to foster skill development and nation building through awareness and participation. They engaged youth in an environmental clean-up campaign, a sports tournament, and an interactive forum through which youth and governmental officials can interact.
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The Fiamah Youth in Action for Development celebrated GYSD by conducting a one (1) day clean up campaign of their community. The celebrations climaxed Sunday April 26, 2009 with an indoor program highlighting the contributions of young people to their community and reviewing successes scored on the previous day. Major speakers from both the public and private sector spoke on the importance of voluntarism by youths to their communities. Following the ceremony, a luncheon was hosted in honor of the volunteers. Local Organizer

Niger
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

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Peace Corps Niger People to People International Contact: Danel Trisi daneltrisi@gmail.com

2008
71

Through Peace Corps Niger over 70 youth volunteers participated in two and a half months of work to strengthen the school and raise awareness of the importance of education for all youth in Gafati, a rural village in Niger. In celebration of Global Youth Service Day, several youth in Niger participated in a project to benefit the community. On April 25, the group organized an intercultural exchange activity, and each individual in attendance was of a different target cultural group. For example, countries featured included Mali, India, and Egypt. Several presentations took place during which poetry was read in three languages, war attire was displayed in a parade, and skits were performed about the importance of friendship between different groups. This project directly contributed to the People to People International mission of Peace through Understanding. Local Organizers
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Nigeria

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Agent of Change Development Initiative Aminchi Youth Progressive Assocation Development Generation Africa International (DGAi) FOTO-SOFIA Lordbee & Friendz Network Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria Youth’s Rehabilitation and Enhancement Unit (YREU) Number of Participants: 250

Participating Year:

2008

Agent of Change Development Initiative mobilized volunteers to donate 11 nets to combat malaria and promote volunteerism. Aminchi Youth Progressive Assocation organized events with a focus on ensuring environmental sustainability and raising awareness about the Millennium Development Goals. 83

Development Generation Africa International (DGAi) organized a programme where over 100 school children and youth discussed issues of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculoses and Malaria (ATM) as it affects children and youth and brought up solutions. The program culminated with the signing of the first Abia State Children and Youth Declaration on HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. FOTO-SOFIA organized a workshop where sustainable development, community development, and youth participation were discussed. Also, volunteers participated in cleaning up an old city monument. Lordbee & Friendz Network set out to help refugees integrate into society, and also further their advocacy on HIV/AIDS with the theme "We can stop HIV/AIDS...if we want too!" Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria collaborated with Real Factor Club to organize events on environmental sanitation in a city park, visiting and donating to a children’s home, and a training aimed at increasing youth access to sexual and reproductive health services and information. Youth’s Rehabilitation and Enhancement Unit (YREU) held an event on drug abuse, its consequences, and where to get help. Local Organizers
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Success For Youth International - SFYI ONE VOICE Foto-Sofia Catholic Youth Organisation, Sacred Heart Cathedral Development Generation Africa International – DGAI Laraba Shown Foundation Lagos Mainland youth Forum – LMYF International Centre for Proficiency Youth Alive Initiative Foundation for Turning Community Concerns into Citizen Action – TUCCAN Save A Youth Soul - SAYS

Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

7,930+

Success For Youth International hosted the event ME AND MY ENVIRONMENT. It was a 3-day event which addressed the issues of the environment, climate change, the importance of a healthy environment, and what to do in order to keep the environment clean. They also held a trash clean-up in the area. One Voice held seminars on HIV/AIDS and promoted youth service by hosting benefit concerts, rallies, and tours of Youth Ministries in selected states of the Federation. The volunteers also worked on water projects and participated in the Youth Empowerment Conferences that were held across the country in higher learning institutions.
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In partnership with Project Food for 1 Million by Global Initiative for Peace, Love, and Care, the Laraba Shown Foundation organized a food collection for children in orphanages and homeless people, and also organized youth leadership training. The Youth Alive Initiative sponsored Life Skills Development training in the following areas: young people’s health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and STDs, environmental and sustainable development, minority and marginalized youths, employment and entrepreneurship development, peace and human rights, youth voluntarism, student and youth politics, women and children, culture and heritage, and humanitarian service. SAYS hosted a variety of activities in celebration of GYSD. They worked to educate youth on environmental sustainability and how to keep the environment clean. Additionally, they volunteered in orphanages. They organized a training program for youth in the community and a project on leadership for secondary school prefects in Delta state secondary schools to change the lives of the youth positively. The project was designed to redirect the mind set of youth towards leadership and voluntary community development engagement and to enhance their leadership skills.

Senegal
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer Soccer4Life Spectrum Senegal

2008
1,110

Contact: Lawrence Oguike soccer4lifeministry@yahoo.com

Soccer4life Spectrum Senegal engaged about 200 young people and helped them receive information on youth and employment service. Local Organizer

Sierra Leone
Participating Year:

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Service For Peace-Sierra Leone Chapter Sierra Leone Youth Foundation

2008

Number of Participants:

200

Service For Peace engaged 25 young volunteers who educated 500 students about the production of local fertilizer and building of water wells. The students were able to learn about leadership, volunteerism, and how to make a garden in their respective schools. Sierra Leone Youth Foundation organized a public forum on the rights and responsibilities of a citizen, in addition to a park clean-up campaign. In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Sierra Lions chapter of People to People International collaborated with the government of Sierra Leone to commemorate their 47th Independence Anniversary. Students organized a tour of impoverished areas in the community followed by an outing to Ocean View Beach.
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From April 25th to April 27th, Service for Peace hosted a program for raising service awareness in four secondary schools in the capital city of Freetown: Model Secondary School, Saint Edward’s Senior Secondary School, Freetown Secondary School for Girls and Saint Joseph Secondary School. The aim of the project was to familiarize young people with Global Youth Service Day as an opportunity to improve their community through service. Local Organizer
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Conscience International Sierra Leone People to People International Contact: Santigie Bayo Dumbuya worldyayn05@yahoo.com

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
250

Conscience International organized a forum for the general public, the marginalized, community leaders, opinion leaders, politicians, policy makers, refugee and asylum seekers, legislators, law enforcers, community based organizations, civil society organizations, existing NGO networks, and various national, sub-regional, and regional organizations. In celebration of Global Youth Service Day 2009, the Freetown, Sierra Leone Student Chapter of People to People International sponsored an initiative to engage the community in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. In collaboration with the Youth Partnership for Peace and Development, the chapter organized a town hall meeting in the Miatta Conference Hall to educate community members about the importance of gender equality and maternal health, two of the Millennium Development Goals. The chapter inspired many citizens of Sierra Leone to take the necessary actions to ensure that progress is made on achieving the Millennium Development Goals by the year 2015.

Togo
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement

2008
3,200

Contact:

Sena Alouka yvetogo@hotmail.com

At least 3,200 students attended and participated in the lectures and discussions put on by the Young Volunteers for the Environment organization in Togo. Fifty t-shirts, 300 condoms, and 1,000 flyers were distributed to the students.

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East and Southern Africa
National Lead Agency RACINES Local Organizers
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Burundi

UNIPROBA Youth League for Peace and Development Contact: Eric Uwintwaza racines05@yahoo.fr

Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2008
1,537

RACINES helped sponsor several GYSD activities which focused on spreading AIDS awareness. UNIPROBA mobilized over 100 volunteers to address several social issues, including helping youth find employment and promoting National Assembly laws that address the needs of young people in Burundi. Youth League for Peace and Development organized additional events, including a project where women and children planted over 100 trees in the Kanyosha commune to prevent soil erosion. They also gave notebooks to orphans. Local Organizer RACINES Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
6

Contact:

Eric Uwintwaza racines05@yahoo.fr

The group Racines organized a workshop for evaluation and implementation of activities related to youth employment. They brought together youth led organizations, government officials, and experts in employment issues to contribute to this workshop.

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Kenya

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GUYADA Ugunja Community Resource Center Green Generation and Lucode Worldwide Service for Peace Number of Participants: 56

Participating Year:

2008

GUYADA mobilized more than 200 people in community projects to sensitize communities to HIV/AIDS and drug abuse, clean the community centers, and focus on youth and women’s empowerment. Ugunja Community Resource Center held an event that encouraged youth to address issues concerning the environment, waste management, and to take a leadership role in their communities. Green Generation with Lucode Worldwide was successfully held at Kisumu Millennium City on April 26, 2009. A successful community event took place and about 4500 youths and foreign community environmental activists participated in planting trees in the park to replace ones previously cut down. Youth then held a demonstration in the center of Kisumu City to advocate for reforestation and protest against land grabbing of public properties and cutting down of trees in town without planting new seedlings as part of community care of the environment. On April 26th, the Service for Peace GYSD celebration brought together a large number of youths who realized the importance of service and its benefits for the community through a stage play about peaceful co-existence performed for them by Service For Peace Theatre Group. The event started at 9:00 a.m. and went on till 5:30 p.m. On April 27th, SFP-Kenya organized a poles painting service at slums field for the football teams in Majengo Slums, Nairobi. Local Organizers
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Action Against Poverty For Socio Economic Justice In Kenya AAPSEJIK Changes Rover Crew Kenya Slum Youths Development Organization – KESYDO Kenya Youth Foundation

Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

16,500+

Child mortality is but one dismal result of the lack of hand washing in an area of Suna, Kenya. In response to this growing problem, the United Nations observed Global Hand Washing Day for the first time in 2008, and members of a local science club comprised of girls with disabilities and girls without parents took this message to their own community.
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Through information tables the students shared with their parents, peers, and faculty the importance of washing after themselves to reduce the growing spread of disease that so often leads to fatal consequences. The organization Action Against Poverty For Socio Economic Justice in Kenya conducted Awareness Forums on important national issues such as social health, eradicating poverty and hunger, sustainable development, and providing screening for HIV/ AIDS in conjunction with information on prevention. Changes Rover Crew in partnership with other organizations organized an expedition camp from 19th to 26th April 2009. Activities of the event consisted of clean ups, tree planting, and community education on HIV AIDS. The climax of the event was marked by making a contribution to Hosanna Children Home. Kenya Youth Foundation (KYF) joined Kibera Performing Arts to celebrate Kenyan cultural diversity on Saturday 24th April 2009 through music and dance to help in the healing process after the post-election conflict. Volunteers used the event to sensitize the public on the importance of peace building, healing and reconciliation based on a project called: Youth Building Bridges for Peace in Kibera. Local Organizer

Namibia
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Frans Dimbare Integrated Rural Youth Centre

2008
25

Contact:

Paul Wesson pdwesson@gmail.com

Frans Dimbare Integrated Rural Youth Centre promoted a culture of accountability with regards to recycling among young volunteers and educated the community about the importance of environmental health. Local Organizer

Rwanda
Participating Year:

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Rwanda Village Concept Project /R-VCP and MEDSAR Rwanda University Club for Conservation of Biodiversity Other children and youth of Rwanda

2009

Number of Participants:

2,604

A group of young volunteers were trained to address the issue of HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination directed against school children in a southern Province of Rwanda. In honor of GYSD, they initiated educational campaigns within three schools; held youth club visits and teaching sessions; and had artistic presentations to commemorate GYSD by highlighting HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination as a human rights issue. This included songs, poems, sketches etc. to mobilize young people and give them an opportunity to develop and design their own artistic presentations to 89 share with their peers.

The Rwanda University Club for Conservation of Biodiversity created a buffer zone in the Gishwati Forest Reserve in the Western province of Rwanda, in connection with the Gishwati Area Conservation. They completed this project by planting bamboo in the buffer zone to separate human activities such as agriculture and farming from the edge of Gishwati forest reserve. Children and youth in Butare, Rwanda provided a mentoring network for children afflicted by HIV and AIDS. The stigma associated with the virus is responsible for the unfair treatment of victims, so these volunteers provided a support system for the victims while at the same time educating the general school population of the harmful affects such bullying can have on their peers. Through seminars and professional referrals the volunteers worked to create a more positive reality for youth victims of HIV. Local Organizer People to People International

South Africa
Participating Year:

2008

Contact:

David John Hartnick johnhartnick@mweb.co.za

In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Bot-River chapter of People to People International joined the Health and Welfare Department to assist with a Fun Fair event to raise money. Chapter members had a lot of fun while fundraising and some members shared duties at the merry-go-round. Local Organizer People to People International Participating Year: Number of Participants:

2009
25

Contact:

Megan van Eck b2bwildza@yahoo.com

The Durban, South Africa (Hillcrest High School) Student Chapter of People to People International sponsored a Random Acts of Kindness Day at Hillcrest High School. They also volunteered at Horizon Farm, which uses horses to provide therapy for disabled children with which the chapter assisted, as well as played with the children and cleaned up the farm. Finally, they went to local car parks at shopping centers to hand out Easter eggs to car guards and people in the area.
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Swaziland
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer The Bantu Project

2009
6,000

Contact:

Trevor Dougherty maddogza@gmail.com

The Bantu Project worked to create a three-month semester of service, inspired by Youth Service America's GYSD efforts, to encourage Swazi youths to engage in their own youth service projects and to get Swazi youths more involved in their communities. It included a national media campaign to encourage students. Local Organizers

Tanzania
Participating Year:

Service and Ethics for Children and Youth Christian Spiritual Youth Ministry (C.S.Y.M.) Number of Participants: 462

2008

Service and Ethics for Children and Youth came together for three days with 450 youth from nineteen surrounding villages to collaborate on projects. Members of the community learned how to make burnt bricks and were educated on the importance of sanitation in preventing malaria and HIV/AIDS. Youth volunteers from Christian Spiritual Youth Ministry (C.S.Y.M.) concentrated on educating many of the lower-income families and youth about safe sex and the importance of preventing diseases. Local Organizers
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Uganda
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Budiope Child Care Homes The Private Education Development Network Sseguku Youth Health Organization Environconcern Project Uganda People to People International Number of Participants: 1,227

Participating Year:

2008

300 youth volunteers helped to plant 10,013 tree seedlings donated by Nature Africa through the Environconcern Project in Uganda. In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Uganda Angels of Humanity (Kampala) chapter of People to People International organized an environmental campaign within their community, reaching over 800 individuals.
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The activities were held on April 22nd and coincided with Earth Day. Chapter members from Gayaza High School educated local primary school students about the importance of proper waste management. Students also spent time cleaning and making repairs to the school. As an investment in the future, twenty fruit trees were planted on the primary school grounds. The guest of honor for the day was a member of the Kyadondo East constituency parliament, Hon Sam Kalega Njuba, who also happened to be a former student of the school. Overall, 135 Gayaza High School students, 22 school staff, 60 parents and 600 primary school students participated. In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Uganda’s Dream (Kampala) chapter of People to People International organized a blood donation project entitled “Save your Neighbor with Blood”. Ten chapter members donated blood at the Nakasero Blood Bank. In addition, a cleanup project was organized whereby members swept the roads and collected rubbish throughout the community. The Kampala City Council (KCC) supported the chapter in this project by providing the necessary tools for cleaning. The chapter successfully accomplished their goals of improving sanitation and hygiene conditions in their community. In celebration of 2008 Global Youth Service Day, the Youth in Action (Kampala) chapter of People to People International organized a quarter‐mile road cleanup in Ggaba, a suburb of Kampala and one of the poorest communities in the area. Chapter members had noticed a trend of limited youth participation in the community. The road cleanup project was created in response to this need and was successful in engaging youth throughout the entire community. One hundred students in Kampala between the ages of 12 and 15 years old participated in the road cleanup. Local Organizers
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Friends and Allies of Gays and Lesbians of Uganda People to People International Various student and youth volunteers

Participating Year:

2009

Number of Participants:

178+

There is a huge problem with carbon emissions produced in the Masaka area of Uganda and are directly absorbed by the local residents, visitors and wildlife. These emissions not only pose a great danger to the health of the local residents and wildlife but also continuously contribute to global warming which has a devastating impact on the whole environment. On GYSD, 45 children came together to plant 3000 trees in Masaka to help offset and reduce many pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, neutralize the impact of a year’s worth of driving, and improve the dwindling health of 150,000 residents, as well as have an impact on agricultural practices in the area. Deforestation in Kampala, Uganda, has led to loss of soil fertility and flooding. Residents have simply become too dependent on the area’s forest for income and fuel. On GYSD, a group of 29 children and youth joined forces to educate the public about the impact of their habits and ways they could use alternative biogas for fuel.
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The students conducted this training after attending a two-week science curriculum highlighting this specific issue. Decorative calendars and other literature help residents to be more conscious of their daily practices. The increase in pollution in Masaka, Uganda, is resulting in diseases such as malaria, dysentery and cholera. 39 children and youth took a stand against the ignorance in their community by initiating a community education campaign about proper waste disposal that brings people together, puts youth to work and begins to go about the business of cleaning up the neighborhoods by distributing waste bins. Friends and Allies of Gays and Lesbians of Uganda organized an event to bring together gay youth and do constructive work to the communities they live in by informing and making the communities aware that gay youth are also helpful and do community service. Additionally, they educated fellow youth more about HIV/AIDS and on other ways to live healthy lifestyles. The Kampala, Uganda (Uganda’s Dream) Student Chapter of People to People International organized sports competitions intended to promote peace in the Makindye Division of Kampala District. Youth from different races, ethnicity and tribes participated, especially the refugees who escaped for safety from Southern Sudan to Uganda, and others from the Northern part of Uganda. Additionally, the Kampala, Uganda (Angels of Humanity) Student Chapter of People to People International planned a visit to a slum in the Kisenyi area of Kampala and organized a meal for the impoverished children in the area.

Zimbabwe
Participating Year: Number of Participants:

Local Organizer Zimbabwe Youth Environment Network

2008
81

Contact:

Victoria Falls eafrica@mweb.co.zw

The Zimbabwe Youth Environment Network engaged youth from all over the community, including from different churches and youth organizations, and children of all ages. A food and clothing drive that benefitted the residents of the retirement community was also incorporated.

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