Milwaukee’s 2016 Global Youth Service Day was the largest in the city to date!
Global Youth Service Day is the world’s largest service event and recognizes the positive contributions young people make to their communities every day of the year. This year’s signature event took place on Saturday, April 16th, and additional service events took place throughout the month of April.
The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee is our area’s Lead Agency for Global Youth Service Day, and we are proud to have worked with over 100 partners, including 67 local organizations and 52 schools, to make the event a success. Over 10,000 participants, including over 7,000 youth, came together to plan and complete 109 service projects across our community.
Our service projects ranged from improving park land, conducting food drives, developing community gardens, fostering global partnerships, providing education and outreach, to many other topics. We’re proud of the diversity and impact of these projects and are inspired by the creativity, energy, and talents of the youth of Milwaukee.
In addition to the service projects, the Global Youth Service Day committee hosted a Celebration of Service, which was attended by over 90 youth and over 50 adult volunteers. Attendees learned about various additional service opportunities available with nonprofits in the community and were given the opportunity to commit to future service engagements.
The media highlighted Milwaukee’s Global Youth Service Day in many ways, including television interviews, social media posts, and online articles. In fact, over 21 media stories covered the event! These media stories helped highlight the tremendous capacity young people have for improving their communities.
As a result of Global Youth Service Day, our community is a little cleaner, safer, wiser, and healthier. Litter and debris-ridden areas have been cleaned, community gardens created and improved, people in need have received vital donations, diverse groups have been educated on important issues, and disparate community groups joined together around a common desire to improve Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.
For an overview of Milwaukee’s Global Youth Service Day projects, please visit the local projects page of the website. And remember to Save the Date for next year’s Global Youth Service Day: April 21-23, 2017!