Thousands of youth from across El Paso County will take to the streets between April 20th and 22nd to participate in the 24th annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). The event lead by the United Way of El Paso County mobilizes youth of all ages to take part in community service and volunteer projects.
GYSD in El Paso accompanies the global campaign taking place in more than 100 countries on five continents.
As the Lead Agency, the United Way received a grant from Youth Service America (YSA) to coordinate El Paso area GYSD projects, promoting the idea that children and youth are assets and resources to the community. Youth groups, clubs, and individuals are registering projects and signing up to participate from all across the county.
Last year more than 4,500 El Paso area youth participated in events ranging from clean ups, to awareness campaigns. This year, the United Way hopes to double the number of participants with a goal of 10,000 El Paso youth.
“Young people in our area are looking for opportunities to make a real difference. El Paso youth are full of new and innovative ideas, and Global Youth Service Day helps them to realize that their efforts do count,” said Deborah Zuloaga, CEO, United Way of EL Paso County.
The weekend will begin with a free kick off celebration that is open to the public at the Chamizal National Monument on Friday April 20th from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm.
For more information about GYSD or to find out how you can get involved, visit the United Way website at www.unitedwayelpaso.org or contact Whitley Mathewson, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader at 915-533-2434.