Global Youth Service Day 2014

For GYSD 2014, Youth Advisory Council members created projects based on the theme "Spring Into Action" to take their service and volunteerism to the next level!

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. 

Tiffani Alexander

Project title:   Spring Into Action: Be the Match 

Project focus:  Health 

Project description: 

Be the 

Match representatives, and volunteers, will come to a local church to host a bone marrow donor drive, in partnership with youth volunteers from the Mark it Up leadership team. Members of the church and local community, ages 18-44, will register to possibly "be a match" and donate bone marrow. The bone marrow donor drive will be held after the first and second church services.

Community Need Addressed:

Less than 10% of bone marrow donors are African-American. This project will help increase awareness about the need for donors from minority grou

ps. It will also encourage members of the African-American community to register as donors.

Resources Needed:

  • Volunteers
  • Clipboards
  • Pens
  • Educational materials

Marc Berson 

Project title:  Spring Into Action: April Pool's Day

Project focus: Recreation/Sports

Project Description:

Students from Cafe Freedom will help to promote, develop, and support training, and community education efforts that prevent drowning, near drowning, and other water related incidents through a festival that features several different stations. High school students will disseminate information in the community on water safety through a public service campaign in conjunction with the festival. Teens will become knowledgeable about pool hazards and the various methods of water rescue they can use without placing themselves in danger. Teens will learn CPR skills for use as baby-sitters. Young children and their families will increase their awareness of water safety through hands-on activities.

Community Need Addressed:

Drowning is one the leading cause of death for young children in our country. Since constant supervision of young children is impossible, the key to reducing these tragic and preventable fatalities requires efforts to raise awareness about the risk of drowning and effective prevention strategies to reduce that risk. Moreover, since teens and young adults often have responsibilities for supervising young children, they are a critical line of defense but are still an untapped resource. The festival will focus on mobilizing teens in education programming and outreach activities to promote water safety and drowning prevention across my community. Each additional layer or strategy that we can introduce in our community could be the one that saves the life of a young child.

Resources Needed:

  • Posters
  • Pool toys for prizes
  • Paper
  • Snacks
  • Craft materials

Tyler Bleuel

Title: Spring Into Action Against Hunger

Project Focus: Hunger

Project Description:

Food collection bins will be set up throughout my school. Students from different clubs, teams, and grades will be challenged to see who can bring in the greatest number of food items. The collection will culminate on the school's annual Service Learning Day, where the entire school community will be challenged to bring food donations to school.

Community Need Addressed:

New York City has a food insecurity rate of 14.7 percent, which is equivalent to over 2.8 million people and despite being a well-known issue, hunger is often overlooked or ignored. As such, this project will help the community not only by donating food to those in need, but also by raising awareness within the community and spot lighting the issue in our school community.

Resources Needed:

  • Collection bins
  • Flyers

Nayah Boucaud

Project title: Spring Into Action: Paying it Forward

Project focus:  Education, Literacy, Youth

Project Description:

Paying it Forwad will involve helping several Form 4 students (Grade 10-11, 16-17 year olds). They will be the first recipients of this service. Students will learn how to create a Service Project Proposal over the course of three weeks. They will be able to use any method they want for this proposal such as PowerPoint, Handouts, a Play or other creative approaches that fit the basic standards. Students will also learn how to present their proposal to a panel and the winning proposal from each of the four chosen schools will execute their project.

Community Need Addressed:

This project helps students to prepare for the future and any career. It also helps them with their school service requirements. Every student will benefit in different ways. The communities I am working with will benefit from the service projects executed afterwards.

Resources Needed:

  • Four classrooms
  • Four classroom supplies
    • Paper
    • Whiteboard
    • Projector
  • Four halls
  • Tables and chairs
  • Several printed pieces of paper

Cole Ettingoff 

Project title:  Spring Into Action: Operation Tree Plant

Project focus:  Environment

Project Description:

Students from three area schools will come together to plant trees at one of the largest urban parks in the United States! They will work in teams to prepare the soil and plant hundreds of young trees.

Community Need Addressed:

The tree planting will help grow and sustain a beautiful green space and help the community pursue its goal of become a "Tree City, USA".

Resources Needed:

  • Seedlings
  • Shovels
  • Gloves
  • Wheel barrow(s)