Youth Can Volunteer Locally to Impact Issues Globally This April

Join Our Teen Days of Service 2018 for Global Youth Service Day, Earth Day, and National Volunteer Week!

Youth Can Volunteer Locally to Impact Issues Globally This April

Calling all teens! Looking for a way to make a difference on Earth Day? Activate Good is celebrating the Earth and teen volunteers during its Fourth Annual Teen Days of Service. On Friday, April 20th through Sunday, April 22nd, join teens in over 135 countries for Global Youth Service Day as we work to improve our communities and across the world.

This year Activate Good was awarded the 2018 Lead Agency Grant to coordinate projects for the 30th Annual Global Youth Service Day. Thanks to Youth Service America and the Mott Foundation, Activate Good can reach its goal of mobilizing over 500 local teens to work on environmental causes on Earth Day weekend. Join us as we celebrate your unique contributions as teens. Bring your curiosity, creativity, and ingenuity to one of our many projects. But don’t let it end there.

Photo: www.un.org

This year’s Global Youth Service Day is guided by the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. By working on just one project this year, you can take on causes such as climate change, poverty and hunger, improving access to quality education, and promoting clean drinking water. And by working on causes that are interconnected, you’ll get a feeling of accomplishing more!

And with so many important causes needing our urgent attention, why just choose one?

Want to learn more about urban farming or composting? Help Inter-Faith Food Shuttle prep their Camden Street Learning Garden for the spring. This one-acre green space is more than a garden. It is a place for the community to meet over the shared joy of healthy food, healthy bodies, and a healthy environment. This project will tackle 10 out of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Get inspired by this green space as you contribute to the goal of ending poverty, hunger, and inequality. You will also help to promote health education and access to decent work.

Interested in wilderness preservation? Come down to the Walnut Hill Preserve to get a sneak peek at the preserve before it opens to the public. As you help to clear invasive species and get it prepared for its grand opening, you will be taking on seven of the UN Goals. This piece of land will provide green space for the community, preserve land as Wake County grows, cultivate biodiversity, and improve water quality. This preserve will also soon become part of the journey along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail!

Photo: http://www.garnernc.gov

Looking for a project closer to the city? Join efforts to clean up Downtown Raleigh and Garner. For every piece of trash you collect, you will be helping to reduce water pollution to urban streams and help to keep our drinking water cleaner.

Interested in finding out more about preserving clean water? Join other teens at Falls Lake to help clean up this critical piece of land. This 12,400-acre lake provides drinking water to Durham and Wake Counties. By helping to clean the shores and wilderness surrounding this lake, you’ll be preserving animal habitats. And you’ll be making a more beautiful place for visitors like you.

Photo: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil

Taking part in these projects is just the beginning. Get inspired by these Earth Day projects. Then let your creativity, curiosity, and desire to make the world a better place take you on the next steps of your journey.

Develop a plan for how you can tackle causes that are interconnected.

Find a place in your neighborhood or school to plant a garden. Brainstorm ways to reduce waste. Learn how to compost food scraps so you can support local gardens and keep trash out of landfills. No matter how big or small your project, you will make a difference.

Make your mark this Earth Day as you join teens across five continents as we celebrate our planet. Find out more about the projects and reserve your volunteer spot today!


Thanks to this year’s Teen Days of Service sponsors, Youth Service America and the Mott Foundation!