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Global Youth Service Day is a worldwide service event that is dedicated to celebrating the initiatives that millions of children and youth work on throughout the year. All of whom take part are dedicated to making the world a better place by focusing on world/community issues and working together with different organizations to address achieve those issues and achieve their goals. Global Youth Service Day is of great importance because it provides a gateway for children and youth to create a life-long path of service and civic engagement.

In celebration of Global Youth Service, here are a just few of the thousands of service projects the youth have initiated all over the world!

Sweet Readers, Inc. (New York)
The mission of this project is to empower the youth to be catalysts to end Alzheimer’s disease through training, programs and by helping those who are battling with the disease. Students are educated on Alzheimer’s and how to engage with those affected and then connected with elders in need. The youth become community builders by engaging different volunteers and raising awareness.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive (New York)
In an effort to end hunger in their community, members donate brand new unopened jars of peanut butter and jelly to different food drives across Yonkers, NY.

Survivor Packs (New York)
To promote peace and justice, this initiative provides essentials and offers hope to survivors of domestic violence. The survivor packs come with 3 toiletries, a journal and a note of encouragement and donated to domestic violence shelters or related organizations.

Community Unity (New Jersey)
In order to promote healthy living and leadership skills, this project serves to end hunger in Long Branch, NJ. Children and youth are taught the basics of gardening to grow organic crops, which are distributed throughout the community to families in need.

This organization provides free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) summer camps for young girls in order to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education in addition to showing them that science can be fun! They perform hands on experiments that explore topics such as global warming, neuroscience and astronomy.

Earl Hall Day of Service (California)
To educate on protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, the students of the University of Oregon travel to clean up trash around the North Jetty area.

Shelter Toys and Treats (Wisconsin)
Children and youth come together to make homemade animal treats and toys for local animal centers.

Apps for Good (Portugal)
Since social media has become a driving force in today’s society, students in Portugal are developing apps to help their communities by promoting health and well being for all ages.

Hear Women (London)
Also known as the GarGar Foundation, Hear Women campaigns for women’s rights to create a sustainable livelihood income for women in East and North Africa. Their projects empower women through education and aim to change policies in countries where women advancement is scarce.

DreamWalker (China)
This program aims to enrich knowledge on sustainable farming and animal care by increasing awareness of the negative impact of industrial farming on health and the environment. This organization also promotes to spread the principles of environmental sustainability by cultivating a sustainable and harmonious coexistence with plants and animals.

The Savong Foundation sponsors underprivileged youth by providing scholarships, food and accomodations to eligible students so they can attend private schools and ultimately receive a college degree.

Inequality Drama (Taiwan)
In honor of Global Youth Service Day, Taiwan schools manufactured a drama on the issue of gender equality to promote awareness on the issue and to empower all women and girls.

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