On Saturday, April 22, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will host student volunteers from around the city at a storytelling and Youth Uplift Challenge event in the Sherman Park Neighborhood. The young people join millions of youth around the globe celebrating Global Youth Service Day during the weekend of April 21-23.
Messages around community needs are crafted from the top down by nonprofit sector leaders, public officials and the media. Through Saturday’s storytelling event, youth volunteers in Milwaukee will transform their relationship to community needs by shifting the narrative center, living out their ideas, exploring their dreams and engaging in space for self-expression, critical thinking, teamwork and empathy. This event offers youth the opportunity to connect to and take meaningful action on issues that often feel too big to affect alone.
Afterward, they’ll make and decorate paper hands in support of the Youth Uplift Challenge. For every hand created and sent to the Bezos Family Foundation, $1.90 will be donated—up to $500,000—to Save the Children’s programs empowering youth in Nicaragua and Indonesia to rise into a life they dream for themselves.
Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. GYSD is celebrated in more than 135 countries with youth-led service projects and community events. “We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems – if given the opportunity,” said Steven A. Culbertson, CEO and president of YSA (Youth Service America), the leader of GYSD. “Today’s social and environmental problems are immense; we need youth in Milwaukee to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow.”
Celebrating 29 years, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. GYSD is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. GYSD is celebrated each April in more than 135 countries on 6 continents, with young people working together to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.
Learn more and browse GYSD activities around the world on the GYSD Map at www.GYSD.org.
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