Youth Service America

Resources for Global Youth Service Day

Posted on March 26, 2019

GYSD is a great time to connect youth directly with policymakers. This can be done by encouraging individual communication with their elected officials, facilitating in-person meetings, participating in public meetings/events, or connecting with (or creating) youth councils/boards in your area.

Meet with your elected officials. YSA’s Engaging Public Officials Toolkit has tips and templates for you to contact your officials.

  • Attend (or organize) a day at your state capitol or city hall. You can also request a meeting with any elected official any time. Remember, they’re there to serve you! Just make sure to request meetings at least a few weeks in advance.
  • There are many local government meetings (like city council or school board meetings) that are open to the public and include time for public comments. You can find this information via their website, local newspaper, or public access channel.
  • Host a Service Stop site visit.
Connect youth with their peers who hold formal leadership positions like on youth boards or youth councils. If your city, county, school district, state legislators, or governor don’t have a youth leadership group like this, encourage them to start one.
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