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Global Youth Service Day in 2012

We proudly inform you that our organisation has been selected as the Regional Lead Agency for Western Europe by the Global Youth Service Day campaign. After the successful last year we got the opportunity again to connect the organisations and foundations in Europe which have the similar strong belief and commitment in voluntary actions.

What is GYSD?

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning.

What is EYSD?

The Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA) and Youth Service America (YSA) launch European  Youth Service Day 2012!
Country Partners serve as the lead organizer of Global Youth Service Day in their country.   They  promote  GYSD,  organize  events,  engage  local  media  and  government  officials,  and  coordinate  project  registration  and  reporting.  All  Country  Partners  will  be  selected  and  supported  by  the  Regional  Partners.   This  is  a  NON-FUNDED  position  but  Country  Partners  will  have  access  to  GYSD  planning  resources  and  promotional  materials,  receive  special  promotional  materials  and  assistance  with  media  and  government  outreach,  and  be  featured  on  the web page and in the 2012 GYSD Final Report.

Youth Service America will be launching the application in the first week of December on, you can also apply immediatly to be a Country Partner via e-mail address:

Disney grant

YSA (Youth Service America), together with Disney, will provide Disney Friends for Change Grants. The grants fund youth-led service projects to support public education and social campaigns around environmental protection and sustainability, while increasing young people’s commitment to conservation, volunteering and innovation on Global Youth Service Day. The Disney Friends for Change program awards $1,000 grants to youth-led service projects around the world that demonstrate youth leadership, creativity, compassion and the commitment to making a positive impact on the environment.

Disney's Friends for Change is about taking steps together with your friends and family to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet.

If you are interested, let me know: Official details will be provided until the end of this year.

About DIA

The Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA) is a Hungarian public benefit not-for-profit, non-governmental, nonpolitical organization, whose mission is to create opportunities for youth to develop democratic values and skills through experiential learning. In order to achieve this, DIA is developing young people’s citizenship skills through community-based learning in Hungary.

What happenned last year?

Last year more than 70 000 young people from 8 countries participated in EYSD. It was also our goal to create international synergies, and to identify partners who would be open for future cooperation with each other. Thus, European Youth Service Day is more than just an event in mid-April, it is a network of European organizations open to celebrate the work of their volunteers, as well as to share their experiences in youth service in Europe. That is why it is worthwile to build on the networking and sharing aspects of EYSD, and organize preparatory meetings if possible.

Quick guidelines for beginners

How to plan a project? Part I.

GYSD 2011 photos - Hungary

Here is an unofficial selection of the hundreds of pictures from Hungary. We will soon have more pictures, so make sure to check back later.

Global Youth Service Day 2011 Summary

We are happy to report that this year’s GYSD was the biggest success in Hungarian GYSD history. We had 31000 registered volunteers who participated in 211 projects. These projects focused mostly on the following issues: environment protection and sustainability, healthy lifestyle, spring cleaning of parks, public places, playgrounds, inside/outside renovation of buildings, planting, gardening, visiting the elderly, children, and animal shelters.

Culver meets Karinthy

Students from Culver Academies (USA.) participated in a joint service programme with students from Karinthy Frigyes Bilingual Secondary Grammar School in Budapest (Hungary) between March 29 and April 1st, 2011.
Activities included volunteering in Karinthy's backyard, volunteering in SOFI, a school for children and youth with special needs and making furniture from pet bottles.
The program was organised by Egyesek Youth Association ( and DIA (

European Youth Service Day Newsletter No. 3.


10 Country Partners on board!

The Foundation for Democratic Youth welcomes our 10 European Country Partners from the following countries: Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Moldova, Netherlands, Romania, UK. Those organizations who still haven't applied should hurry up if they want to join this prominent group, because preparations will have to start soon. Youth Service America gave us very positive feedback about the quality of the applications.

European Youth Service Day Newsletter No. 2.


Central event

At DIA, we have made it a tradition to - besides the regional programs on EYSD - organize a central event as well. The central event usually takes place in Budapest, and it is always a big hype with a lot of media attention, and of course some kind of volunteer action.

European Youth Service Day Newsletter No. 1.

This is the first edition of the bi-weekly newsletter of the European Youth Service Day project. We will provide you with all the information you need to be able to organize a successful EYSD event in your country.

Call for GYSD 2011 Country Partners!

Do you believe in the power of young people?
Do you agree that they are our future?
Do you think that their efforts deserve appreciation?
In that case, join Global Youth Service Day 2011, a day when youth service is celebrated all around the world!