Today, May 1st, is May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day – a day meant to honor everything that workers’ contribute to society, and to promote workers’ rights. All around the country, people are gathering to celebrate International Workers’ Day in a variety of ways. Some are planning to skip work, school, shopping and banking in an effort to demonstrate what life would be like without workers. Others are planning to march in honor of workers’ rights.

There’s another way to celebrate today as well – by getting ready for Thank a Youth Worker Day on May 3. That’s right! Just two days after May Day, another celebration is scheduled – this time in the form of a national day of thanks for anyone – paid or volunteer – who works on behalf of children. That includes teachers, babysitters, youth group leaders, camp counsellors, soccer coaches, mentors, tutors, music teachers, swim coaches, Hebrew school instructors and more. Every day, youth workers help build strong kids and vibrant communities. They stay late after school, lend a listening ear when there’s a problem, encourage us to be our best, and provide the advice and guidance we need to grow and thrive. May 3rd is their day to shine.

Do you have someone who makes (or made) a difference in your life? Take today as the perfect opportunity to figure out how to thank them for everything they do. Check out 50 ways to say thanks here – everything from sending an e-card or gift to organizing a thank you flash mob. How will you celebrate International Workers’ Day and Thank a Youth Worker Day? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld.