Youth around the globe will unite for a unique cause April 26: one that gives back.
Global Youth Service Day is an internationally recognized community service day when youth commit to volunteering in their communities with different organizations. It is the largest annual celebration of young volunteers, according to www.gysd.net.
Linfield Community Service Coordinator Jessica Wade worked with AmeriCorps before Linfield, where she was involved with Global Youth Service Day.
“(Linfield) is such a tiny piece of a much larger global movement toward youth-led solutions to solve social and global problems,” Wade said.
Her involvement with AmeriCorps has motivated her to get students involved with service, she said.
Sophomore Becca Williams is assisting the student leaders with their projects.
“GYSD gives students a lot of opportunities to serve in lots of different realms,” Williams said.
Students are able to sign up for 10 different projects. Each event is partnered with local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Yamhill County Food Bank, Chehalem Youth, Family Services and SOLV IT.
Student leaders organize individual projects and coordinate the volunteers.
Two student leaders, sophomore Katelyn Krygowski and freshman Lacey Dean, organized the Habitat for Humanity build. The team is working on the duplex on Debbie Street.
Krygowski said she hopes to work with a non-profit organization as a career after college. She has worked with Habitat in Guatemala and wanted to see how the United States’ branch worked.
“It’s an amazing organization,” Krygowski said. “It gives the family not a hand out but more of a hand up.”
Krygowski said she wants to see the project bring students of her residence hall together.
Linfield has also been involved in Make a Difference Day, a nationally recognized event that motivates people to serve others and make an impact in their community.
“It’s a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors,” according to www.usaweekend.com, the magazine that started the event.
Wade said she wants to start the tradition of getting Linfield involved in these service events annually.
Information for GYSD can be found on Student News. It lists the 10 events taking place and who to contact. Students can also e-mail Wade, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.