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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.