Global Youth Service Days for the year 2024 is celebrated/observed on Wednesday, April 20th. There are until the next observance.

The last weekend of April is designated as “Global Youth Service Days.” They will be held this year from April 20 to 22. It is an annual gathering of young volunteers who devote their time and talents to community service and civic engagement. It aims to give them a voice and inspire other young people to participate in community service. It began in the United States but has now spread to over 100 nations where young people are nurtured as future leaders.

📆 When is Global Youth Service Days?

This year, Global Youth Service Days is on April 20th. It is the 3rd Wednesday in April; in 2023, it is on Thursday.

Countdown to Global Youth Service Days

Did you know: In 2019, 135 nations registered for the festivities.

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📜 History of Global Youth Service Days

In the United States, these days used to be National Youth Service Days. They honor the work of young volunteers from all over the world who have given their time and skills to helping their communities.

Youth volunteering may be traced back to ancient times, when Greek and Persian armies recruited young men eager and able to join their forces. Joining the army to defend their states from foreign invasion was regarded as a higher kind of community duty than any other type of public service at the time. During the Industrial Revolution, when children and teens were compelled to work in the fields, officials referred to it as “a great service” to the nation (though “forced labor” taken in its right context is now considered a human rights violation).

Although child labor is now illegal in many countries, it is considered a moral obligation to assist society in whatever manner one can.

To that end, Global Youth Service Days is a three-day event in which young leaders aged five to 25 take center stage as community service providers, drawing attention to the need for young people to commit some time to serving their communities. This societal phenomenon has spread to over a hundred nations in recent years, preparing the youth to take over when necessary.

☑️ Global Youth Service Days facts

It’s the only one in the world
Global Youth Service Days are the only global event that raises global awareness about the need to prepare teenagers aged five to 25 to serve their communities.

It’s the largest youth-driven event
It is the world’s largest youth-driven service and civic action event.

Schools play a very important role
Schools serve as a training environment for young people who aspire to be future public workers and leaders.

Things to do on Global Youth Service Days

Show you’re ready
Demonstrate that you have what it takes to be a future leader. You can learn about successful projects in which teenage volunteers have participated.

Check out government offices needing community volunteers
Look into government agencies that are looking for community service volunteers. The Departments of Health and Social Services are among them.

Encourage a friend to volunteer
Once you’ve decided to volunteer for a particular cause, bring a friend with you. He or she will almost certainly be inspired to contribute his or her time and expertise.

📅 Global Youth Service Days Observances

YEAR DATE DAY
2023 April 20 Thursday
2024 April 20 Saturday
2025 April 20 Sunday
2026 April 20 Monday
2027 April 20 Tuesday

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