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Student Leaders needed for Global Youth Service Day

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Hanover will celebrate its seventh annual Global Youth Service Day April 11-13, 2014.  Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world, mobilizing millions of youth volunteers to lead and participate in service projects.

While GYSD takes place over one service packed weekend in April, it takes several months to plan. Youth volunteers are needed to serve on the GYSD Youth Leadership Corps and the GYSD Youth Planning Coalition.

The GYSD Youth Leadership Corps is made up of Hanover County students ages 13-22 who want to lead their own GYSD project by developing project planning, marketing and communication skills during a one-day highly interactive workshop Dec. 7 at the Department of Community Resources.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to 15 participants. Corps members will receive ongoing mentorship from other area youth who have successfully led service projects. Each attendee will leave the workshop with a concrete plan for action.

GYSD Youth Planning Coalition Members are students ages 10-22 who want to plan the GYSD Kick-Off Party held in March. Coalition Members will recruit other youth, area businesses and local non-profits to get involved in GYSD, create and distribute marketing materials, learn about service from special guest speakers and participate in meaningful service projects during meetings while learning basic project planning skills. The Coalition meets at the Department of Community Resources Jan. 13, Feb. 10, and March 10.

To express interest in either the GYSD Youth Leadership Corps or the GYSD Youth Planning Coalition go to to download the application form. Deadlines are Nov. 8 and Dec. 13 for the Leadership Corps and the Planning Coalition respectively.