New Report: Global Youth Service Day 2005

Posted by on October 7, 2005

[posted from CBO Service-Learning listserv]


Millions of Youth Outside the U.S. Answer the Call to Service

Youth Service America?s ( Annual General Report on Global Youth Service Day 2005 is available to the public. Held in more than 100 countries around the world, Global Youth Service Day celebrations mobilized millions of young volunteers last April in countries outside the U.S. The full report (in PDF) can be accessed at:

Notable partnerships this year included Service For Peace, whose chapters and affiliates mobilized in a dozen countries. General Motors continued its partnership with Grupo Tayrona in Colombia, by supporting youth volunteerism programs. The Inter-American Development Bank supported ?PaSo Joven? in Argentina, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic, in developing regionally-targeted materials for young people in the Americas. And the US State Department?s Global Connection Program, which manages global student exchange programs, engaged their partners in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and other countries in the Middle East and South Asia.

Global Volunteer Highlights of the report include:

? Russia – The Russian Development Volunteer Center, Constructive Approach and Sozidanie Foundation together mobilized more than 587,000 volunteers in 4,800 projects in 42 regions.

? Brazil – With the support of President Lula, UNDP, UNV and Natal Voluntarios involved more than 30,000 volunteers in 145 cities across Brazil in advocating for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

? Taiwan – The National Youth Commission, Service For Peace, PlanetKIDS Club, Taipei Da-Li Elementary School and Tzu Chi Buddhist Association engaged more than 17,000 volunteers in more than 1,000 service projects.

Global Youth Service Day is carried out through the work of National Lead Agencies around the world that encourage participation in their local areas. In the six years since its creation, a number of organizations have joined Youth Service America and the Global Youth Action Network to expand the program, including, the Inter-American Development Bank, Youth Employment Summit, IEARN, Service for Peace and others. In the United States, National Youth Service Day, also a program of Youth Service America, is part of Global Youth Service Day.

For more information about Youth Service America, please go to:

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