National Volunteer Week (GYSD)
This year, Global Youth Service Day events will take place on April 22nd in Orange, Durham, Guilford, Wake and Wayne counties. Visit SCALE’s GYSD PAGE to see how to get involved.
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. GYSD is celebrated each year in over 100 countries, with young people working together–and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and adult mentors– to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.
For AmeriCorps’ National Volunteer Week, SCALE and its NC LiteracyCorps members will be organizing their annual Day of Reading. To promote the mission of developing youth leaders who are agents of social change, SCALE is partnering with Youth Service America for Global Youth Service Day to engage youth from kindergarten through college in service and literacy activities. This event will serve to connect literacy organizations around the state, allowing for greater collaboration, and sharing of resources and expertise, which will maximize their impact in local communities.
The North Carolina Day of Reading project combines GYSD’s mission to promote and support youth service and SCALE’s mission to develop leaders who are agents of change while promoting literacy as a social justice issue. SCALE’s GYSD project aims to:
- Engage youth in all stages of planning and implementation of NC Day of Reading Events
- Give every child who participates in Reading Day activities a new book to take home and keep
- Strengthen ties among literacy organizations, public institutions of education and libraries across North Carolina
- Inaugurate a sustainable and replicable statewide event