Want to be part of the largest collective service event in the world, or know an amazing kid who does? Invite them to be a part of Global Youth Service Day, an annual campaign that mobilizes millions of youth around the world to improve their communities through a service and service-learning.

According to the organization’s website: “Established in 1988, GYSD…is now celebrated in over 100 countries. On GYSD, children and youth address the world’s most critical issues in partnership with families, schools, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and governments. [They work with the] media and policy makers to promote and raise awareness of young people as assets and resources to their communities.”

In addition to making a difference within communities, GYSD also helps encourage participants towards a lifelong path of service and civic engagement. A few of the more than 1,000 scheduled events planned for 2010 include:

  • A community fitness challenge in Mobile, Alabama
  • A walnut tree planting event in Moldova
  • A “Leave out the Violence” poster-making contest in Chicago, Illinois
  • An art and expression day in Lima, Peru

Global Youth Service Day begins April 23, 2010! Check out the full map of scheduled events here. To participate: read through GYSD’s resources to help you plan an event in your community, then register the event here.