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1 Youth Volunteerism, Community Engagement, Service-Learning Peace Corps & YSA– An Intuitive Partnership

2 Welcome & Introductions Chris Wagner Currently Manager of Outreach for YSA & its international programs Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Thailand (2002 – 2004) Skype williamchristianwagner Zach Tilton Youth Development Volunteer in Morocco Skype zach_tilton

3 Youth Service America At YSA, we believe in youth changing the world. Working with partners around the world, YSA helps young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. Mobilization Campaigns Grants Resources And Trainings Awards

4 Global Youth Service Day Friday April 17 to Monday April 19, 2015 Established in 1988 GYSD is the largest youth service event in the world Celebrated each year in more than 135 countries Youth work together with Peace Corps volunteers, youth clubs, NGOs, schools, adult mentors, etc., to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities Community youth-led service projects and youth recognition events GYSD Peace Corps Project in Balalila Primary School South Africa

5 Peace Corps & GYSD Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet spoke at the Monumental Day of Service GYSD kickoff event on the Washington Mall last April.

6 Peace Corps & GYSD Harris Wofford former US Senator from Pennsylvania, Peace Corps Ethiopia Country Director and Associate Director is a YSA Board Member.

7 Peace Corps, YSA & GYSD Resources GYSD Project Ideas Register & Map Your Project Discover Other GYSD Projects Resources, Tips, Ideas, Social Media Tools Share Stories & Pictures Translated resources

8 Peace Corps, YSA and GYSD Resources Volunteer Action Guide YSA’s YOUth Changing the World Toolkit is a step by step workbook designed for youth ages 14+ that Peace Corps volunteers can utilize to facilitate youth-led community service projects. YOUth Changing the World Peace Corps’ Volunteer Action Guide assists PC volunteers and partners to facilitate service-Learning and volunteer activities in their communities.

9 YSA’s Service-Learning Resources These and other free downloadable resources are available at and Classrooms with a Cause is a simple framework that guides teachers, facilitators & students through the process of addressing a community issue through service-learning activities. Semester of Service Strategy Guide is designed to help educators & schools develop high-quality service-learning projects aligned to academic standards. Classrooms With a Cause Semester of Service Strategy Guide

10 YSA’s Translated Resources These and other translated resources, project tool kits & promotional tools are available at &

11 Peace Corps Morocco Global Youth Service Day 2014 – First widespread concerted effort – Over 800 youth participants – Over 100 youth leaders – Over 30 events, from just 3 the year before – DPT encouraged two work groups to develop a toolkit for the Moroccan context Peace Corps Morocco 2014 GYSD playground project.

12 Peace Corps Morocco Moroccan Resource – Spectrum of service models and options – Attempt to not reinvent the wheel – Pointed to other resources and how they could fit in the Moroccan YD context – Served its purpose for the time at hand

13 Peace Corps Morocco What we walked away with – Repository of Volunteer experiences – Lessons learned – Having champions was beneficial – The potential of GYSD compliment strategic goals Peace Corps Morocco 2014 GYSD playground project.

14 Peace Corps Morocco Moving Forward – Apply lessons learned – Asset-based approach to lead up – Culminating celebration – Springboard for further action – Community Organizers – Utilize YSA service learning curriculums

15 Next Steps: GYSD Community Partner Program Open to Peace Corps volunteers and host country partners Most any local organization, school, ministry, including Peace Corps Volunteer organized youth clubs can participate Raise the Community Organizer’s national, global and local visibility as a leader in youth development Be recognized as a GYSD Community Organizer on

16 Next Steps: Peace Corps and GYSD Two-Pager

17 Thank You for Participating! Questions? Like us on Follow us on us on LinkedIn at Youth Service America


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