On April 15-17, CYD (Community Youth Development) SRQVolunteen youth volunteers spearheaded a community volunteer effort as part of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). GYSD takes place annually in more than 135 countries, to celebrate and mobilize the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. This year’s focus was helping individuals with disabilities; local partner organizations included Easter Seals, Buddy Up Tennis, Forever Friends and the Loveland Center.
Additionally, each year the SRQVolunteen Board solicits submissions from area students for ideas for a Global Youth Service Day volunteer project – the winning middle school and high school projects will earn the submitters a mini-philanthropic grant to be used for future service work and the right to host the GYSD traveling trophy for a year. The ceremony recognizing winning projects will be held on May 10.
Over the course of the weekend, 58 participants planned and served in the signature events for a total of 117 volunteer hours, and 73 additional students participated in the service competition.
For more information about CYD or its SRQVolunteen program, go to cydonline.org or call CYD at (941) 922-5126.