Washington, DC — After-School All-Stars DC will serve as a 2017 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency, mobilizing Washington DC’s young people to lead volunteer service projects that help meet community needs. The organization is a key leader of Global Youth Service Day, an international event on April 21-23, 2017 that celebrates the power of young people.
With grant funding from State Farm along with training and support from YSA (Youth Service America), After-School All-Stars DC will lead high-impact, high-visibility service activities and celebration events for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). As the official organizer of GYSD in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies are a vital part of YSA’s work to create a culture where all young people have the opportunities and the support they need to find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.
In collaboration with the After-School All-Stars National Network’s initiative, Life Service Action (LSA), After-School All-Stars DC will engage at least 500 youth volunteers, and partner with ten other community-based organizations and schools, including Stuart Hobson MS, Hart MS, Leckie ES, Cesar Chavez Prep PCS, Two Rivers PCS, and other community partners to create a student lead community service project. Guided by their young people, After-School All-Stars DC and its coalition partners will organize large-scale community events, celebrations and community service projects on Global Youth Service Day.
Now in its 29th year, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running youth service event in the world, and the only event dedicated to celebrating the contributions that young people make to their communities year-round.
“We are thrilled to partner with After-School All-Stars DC and the thousands of young people in Washington, DC who will serve and celebrate on Global Youth Service Day,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President, and CEO of YSA. “We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems if given the opportunity. They are wired for novelty (learning new things and creating new solutions), risk (trying things adults might not), and peer authority (kids listen to other kids more than they do to adults). Today’s social and environmental problems are immense; we need youth in Washington, DC to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow.”
State Farm® is the U.S. Presenting Sponsor of YSA’s Global Youth Service Day campaign and the Program Sponsor of the Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency grants.
After-School All-Stars DC provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and helps them succeed in school and in life.
YSA (Youth Service America) helps young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. Through international campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service; funding and grants programs; resources and training opportunities; and recognition programs, YSA helps build a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. For more information, visit www.YSA.org.
As a campaign of YSA and the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service. GYSD 2015 will be held April 15-17 in more than 100 countries on six continents. For more information, visit www.YSA.org and www.GYSD.org.
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