Global Youth Service Day, April 11- 13, is the world’s largest service event, and the only one dedicated to recognizing the contributions that young people make to their communities every day of the year. Global Youth Service Day grows each year, and is observed in all 50 states; more than 135 countries and on six continents. wwwGYSD.org
The goals of Global Youth Service Day are:
• To mobilize youth to identify and address the needs of their communities through service;
• To provide an accessible on-ramp to service, and support youth on a life-long path of service, learning and civic engagement;
• To celebrate the power of young people to improve themselves and their communities, and create change through service to others
• To educate the public, including the media and policymakers, about the urgency and power of engaging young people as community leaders.
Young people and adult champions come together to serve and celebrate on Global Youth Service Day.
• Schools, community and faith-based organizations, governments, students groups, and individuals plan and participate in Global Youth Service Day.
• Each year, local, national and world leaders recognize Global Youth Service Day with proclamations, appearances, government-sponsored service events and other public support
• Global Youth Service activities reflect the needs and diversity of each community. Projects range from food gardens and community clean-ups, to large scale demonstration and celebrations.
Global Youth Service Day is an opportunity for young people to find their voices, take action, build positive self-esteem and life skills, and begin a life-time of service to others.
• Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive- and long-term benefits of youth service, both on the young people who serve, and on their communities. [Note: A summary of research can be found at www.nationalservice.gov]
• Communities grow stronger when young people are part of the solution, addressing tough issues that affect their communities.
1. Y – Serve
Y-Serve will host clean my neighborhood campaign on April 12, 2014 beginning at 10 a.m. Our goal is to recruit at least 5000 youth to come together and clean 100 illegal dumping spot in the city. Collection site have been identified in various regions / depots and one celebrity media site.
The need for environmental education awareness is driven by the fact that there are high incidences of abuse of the environment within the communities of the City.
Stemming largely from inappropriate management of the various waste streams. This abuse manifest itself through littering, illegal dumping, overloading of bins and degradation of open spaces that result into the birth of rats and flies.
In a nutshell many Johannesburg citizens are still resorting to illegal dumping, ignoring the fact that this is against the City’s by-laws.
• Stop Illegal Dumping
• Say no to littering
• Rethink, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle
• Make Joburg litter free City
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