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Global Youth Service Day: Youth Take Action & Make an Impact

It’s Global Youth Service Day, the largest youth service and civic action event in the world and the only one that celebrates the contributions that all youth ages 5-25 make through service.

The Youth Engagement Team of United Way of Central Indiana is taking action to advance the common good. When members found out that Advance, a small, rural town about 30 minutes northwest of Indianapolis, had the highest percentage of financially strained households in the area, they decided to do something about it.

Since the town doesn’t have a public library, the team built a Little Free Library, and assembled 100 snack bags with notes of encouragement tucked inside for kids participating in the We All Matter after-school program. The children will not only receive food for their bodies, but food for their minds as well, as the team is also donating books to get the library up and running.

In Pennsylvania, United Way of York County is partnering with Keep York Beautiful by sponsoring a “Spring Litter Clean Up.” Volunteers will fan out into the city, rain or shine, to clean up winter debris and pick up litter along the way.

Serving at a young age promotes healthy lifestyles and choices, teaches life skills, improves the community and encourages a lifelong ethic of giving. Are you ready to join youth like these in making a difference? 

Youth Service America offers excellent resources and your local United Way can point youth and adults alike to the people and places in your community that need your support. Check out our volunteering page to read stories of people from all walks of life who are making an impact in their communities.