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  1. 1. 6th ANNUAL GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY • Final Report 2005 • Sponsored by:A Program of Youth Service America, with the Global Youth Action NetworkPrepared by: Luis A. Davila Ortega, Benjamin Quinto, Silvia Golombek, PhD GYSD International Coordination Teamv.3d. August 04, 2005
  2. 2. Table of Contents COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING Section Pg. IN GYSD 2005 Albania Algeria I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3 Angola Argentina II. INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION 5 Armenia Austria III. NATIONAL COORDINATION 6 Azerbaijan Bangladesh IV. LONG TERM IMPACT OF GYSD 7 Belarus Benin V. GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR GYSD CELEBRATIONS 9 Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia & Herz. Brazil VI. MEDIA COVERAGE 10 Bulgaria Burundi VII. COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS 11 Cameroon Canada a. Political Leaders & Government Agencies in Support 56 Cent. Afri. Rep. Chad VIII. GYSD COUNTRY CELEBRATION SPONSORS 57 China Colombia Congo, DR Costa Rica Côte dIvoire Croatia Czech Rep. Dominican Rep Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Eritrea Ethiopia France Gabon Gambia, The Georgia Germany Ghana Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guyana Haiti Hong Kong India Indonesia Iran Israel Italy Japan Kazakhstan Kenya Kyrgyzstan Lebanon Liberia Macedonia Malawi Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Moldova, Rep. Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nepal Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Pakistan Palestin.Territ. Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Portugal Romania Russian Fed. Rwanda Saint Lucia Senegal Seychelles St. Kitts & Nevis Sierra Leone Slovenia Somalia South Africa South Korea Sri Lanka Swaziland Sweden Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo Tonga Tunisia Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe2
  3. 3. I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 6th Annual Global Youth Service Day Mobilizes Millions of Young Volunteers! In its sixth year, millions of young volunteers helped to GYSD grew out of the successful experience of National Youth mark the Global Youth Service Day celebrations, held Service Day, held annually for the past 17 years in the United in over 100 countries around the world. States, which mobilizes about 3 million young people in service projects each April. National Youth Service Day and its global Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is an annual event format are the inspiration of Youth Service America (YSA), a held on a designated weekend every April which resource center that partners with thousands of organizations celebrates the year-round contributions young people working to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities for make to their communities and world through young people to serve locally, nationally, and globally. voluntary service. GYSD is organized and managed by YSA and the Global GYSD helps to focus the world’s attention on the Youth Action Network (GYAN), together with a consortium of valuable skills and ideas youth have for the welfare of international organizations and over 100 national coordinating their communities and the development of their committees. societies. GYSD was launched in 2000, and has been celebrated to date in over 150 countries. This year More than 1,000,000 young volunteers were mobilized across GYSD received almost 95 million media hits. 100 countries this year, on top of the millions that participate in the traditional National Youth Service Day in the United States. Notable partnerships this year included Service For Peace, The goals of Global Youth Service Day are to: whose chapters and affiliates mobilized in a dozen countries. • BUILD the capacity of an international network of General Motors continued its partnership with Grupo Tayrona organizations that promotes youth participation, in Colombia, by supporting youth volunteerism programs. The service, and learning; Inter-American Development Bank supported “PaSo Joven” in • EDUCATE the public, the media, and policy-makers Argentina, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic, in developing about the year-round contributions of young people regionally-targeted materials for young people in the Americas. as community leaders around the world; And the US State Department’s Global Connection Program, • MOBILIZE youth and adults to meet the needs of which manages global student exchange programs, engaged their communities through volunteering; and their partners in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, • LEARN and share effective practices in youth Uzbekistan, and other countries in the Middle East and South service, youth voice, and civic engagement in the Asia. world today Highlights of activities from Global Youth Service Day 2005: [see Country Highlights for a complete list] • In Russia, the Russian Development • With the support of President Lula, UNDP, UNV Volunteer Center, Constructive Approach and Natal Voluntarios involved over 30,000 and Sozidanie Foundation together volunteers in 145 cities across Brazil in advocating mobilized over 587,000 volunteers in 4,800 for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). projects in 42 regions. • In Taiwan, the National Youth Commission, Service • Under the patronage of President Jacques For Peace, PlanetKIDS Club, Taipei Da-Li Chirac, youth organizations across France Elementary School and Tzu Chi Buddhist organized events in four main regions Association engaged 17,000 volunteers in over throughout the country. 1,000 service projects. SPONSORS: We are very grateful for the generous support provided by GM, DisneyHand and the Inter-American Development Bank who contribute through funding or expertise to this initiative. We also wish to acknowledge the support of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs which manages student exchange programs around the world and encourage the participation of youth in Global Youth Service Day.3
  5. 5. 2005 INTERNATIONAL II. International Coordination COORDINATION COMMITTEE • American Councils for International Education ACTR/ACCELS The Coordination Team: • Centro Boliviano de Filantropia • Luis A. Davila Ortega: NLA Coordination • Silvia Golombek, PhD: Project Oversight • Center for Cultural Interchange • Ibrahima Diouf: NLA Support • Benjamin Quinto: Management • Council on International Education • Sarah Kielsmeier-Jones: Communications • Adam Jacobson: Intern Exchange • Alia Mahmoud: Intern • Logan Wallace: Intern • Global Youth Action Network • International Education and Resource The International Coordinating Service For Peace utilized its extensive Network (IEARN-USA) Committee (ICC): international network to promote 70 • IFES The ICC is a consortium of organizations projects in 20 countries with over 5,000 • Innovations in Civic Participation working to promote, organize and support participants, thus receiving extensive • Inter-American Development Bank GYSD. ICC members have extensive media attention. As the National Lead • International Youth Foundation international presence and offer their Agency in Japan, Mongolia and South • Nacel Open Door experience and connections to broaden Korea, Service For Peace awarded 35 • National Youth Leadership Council the impact of the celebrations. mini-grants, for a total of $13,950, to • People to People International support service projects around the • Project Harmony Azerbaijan The ICC supports GYSD through world. The Inter-American • Service For Peace dissemination and promotion of materials Development Bank’s financial support • in various contexts; offering their expertise to PasoJoven in Argentina, Bolivia, and • Unite For Sight in a variety of fields related to international Dominican Republic was also key in • Youth for Understanding youth service; and by guiding and developing and disseminating regional • Youth Employment Summit evaluating the development of the organizing materials in Spanish. • Youth Service America international event. Numerous ICC members planned Previous ICC Members include: Twenty ICC members promoted Global projects that extend GYSD into year- • 4-H International Youth Service Day throughout their round initiatives. People to People • Casa Alianza/Covenant House Latin networks in 2005. Every ICC member International is working on integrating America highlighted GYSD 2005 on their existing GYSD into all of their student chapters, • Earth Restoration Corps website or through other electronic and connecting their largest travel • Free the Children communications, and distributed GYSD program—the Student Ambassador • Generation Rising materials to their partners. Nearly all ICC program (30,000 people)—with a yearly • Global Environment Facility members related GYSD resources in their Global Youth Service Day project • Habitat for Humanity International printed or electronic newsletters and starting in 2006. Service For Peace will • Hague Appeal for Peace Youth provided information about GYSD via begin GYSD efforts in the Dominican Programme booths, workshops, presentations or Republic this August, culminating in a • Hope Worldwide communication materials. nation-wide program in April 2006. • International Association for Volunteer They also will be sponsoring “The Effort For example, the National Youth Volunteer Culture Festival” in Tokyo Dec • International Labour Organization Leadership Council posted the GYSD 1-5, as a follow up from GYSD’05. • Lions Club International logo and DisneyHand Minnie grants in • Jane Goodall Institute - Roots & Shoots their e-newsletter on on their homepage. ICC members also offer other expertise, • OAS Young Americas Business Trust They also highlighted GYSD at the resources and contributions to support • Organizacion IberoAmericana de la National Service-Learning Conference’s GYSD. Some ICC members, like the Juventud International Networking Event and round National Youth Leadership Council, offer • Partners of the Americas table sessions. toolkits and training materials on • Peace Child International service-learning and HIV/AIDS-- • Peace Corps Many ICC members also integrated GYSD resources applicable to GYSD. Other • Points of Light Foundation activities throughout their organizations. members offer their services in web site • United Nations Programme on Youth The Council on International development, like TakingITGlobal, who • Worldview International Foundation Educational Exchange (CIEE) required currently host and maintain the • UNESCO Youth Focal Point - Arab that all students receiving grants organize web site. Meanwhile, States a GYSD project, while Nacel Open Door Innovations in Civic Participation • UNICEF adopted “World Read,” an organization- (ICP) offers its expertise in national and • UNDP wide, ongoing literacy project, to be community service policy development. • UNEP expanded upon each subsequent • UN Information Service celebration. Similar initiatives were The ICC is a strong advocate for the • United Nations Population Fund launched by organizations like IFES and development of Global Youth Service • United Nations Volunteers Youth Employment Summit, which Day and we are currently working to • United Nations Youth Unit integrate GYSD into their affiliates’ annual expand its membership in order to help • United Way International programs us take the GYSD celebrations to a new • World Assembly of Youth level. • World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts • World Bank • World YWCA • YMCA International5
  6. 6. III. National Coordination In each country, GYSD is coordinated by National Lead Agencies (NLAs). As a general rule, a single agency or organization is designated as NLA. In this capacity, the organization provides a focal point for the distribution of GYSD-related information and news to other organizations and young people throughout each country. NLAs are responsible for recruiting other youth organizations onto a National Coordinating Committee (NCC) that helps coordinate activities in one or more locations on GYSD. The NCC shares the workload and responsibility of the National Lead Agency, and help to achieve broader community impact. Qualifying criteria for National Lead Agencies include scope and national outreach capacity, strong relationships with other youth-serving organizations in their country, ability to engage multi-sector partnerships, and a commitment to carry out the effective coordination of GYSD. NLAs are sent supporting materials, including GYSD Planning Toolkits, brochures and posters with service-learning activities. They are also added to the GYSDNews list-server to be kept up-to-date on GYSD-related progress, activities and updates. National Lead Agencies may include a wide range of youth-led or youth-serving organizations, and may represent university student associations, community- based and volunteer organizations, faith-based groups, local government agencies, national youth councils, national chapters of international agencies or national government offices.6
  7. 7. IV. Long term ImpactGlobal Youth Service Day strives to be much more than a three day event: it seeks to be an opportunity to launch longterm initiatives, sustainable collaborations, and programs that address community problems through the year-roundengagement of youth in service and decision-making. Most of the organizations involved in GYSD 2005 are seeing longterm impact in the continuation and expansion of their GYSD projects. Here are a few examples: • Project Harmony’s volunteers in Azerbaijan, agencies, which could make their activities in for example, are continuing charity auctions for the future more fruitful. Adele Reproductive a local orphanage on a regular basis after Health Centre in Cameroon, for example, GYSD, and organizations in Israel, India, developed connections not only with GYSD Moldova, Slovakia, South Korea, and many organizers in France, but also with local others are now planning to continue their hospitals, training institutes, and nursery and activities year-round. primary schools. In addition, many of the GYSD projects helped different groups in the • The organizations taking part in GYSD projects country establish partnerships and have also helped establish continuing relationships which will lead to better programs independent of themselves. In understanding and cooperation between Nigeria, some secondary schools will be those groups. In Kazakhstan, Special incorporating conflict resolution seminars into Child’s activities created a connection their curriculums, thanks to the work of Ikwerii between local students and disabled Youth Development International. In other children. In Tanzania, YEN Tanzania helped countries, the organizations’ GYSD projects local NGOs connect, and in Armenia, have inspired others to follow their example. Habitat for Humanity Armenia helped Tara Educare Academy’s project in India deepen the relationship between local youth (setting up a free school for children) is now groups and the children of Habitat for being replicated around the area, with the Humanity families. opening of other free schools. In South Africa as well, several churches have shown interest • The outcomes of some initiatives will be in starting Scout groups after seeing the South evident in the longer term. For instance, a African Scout Association Mpumalanga’s home building project organized by GYSD projects. In Tajikistan, Student Action Jeunesse en Reconstruction du Monde Committee chapters are opening in many en Destruction (Youth in Reconstruction of schools as a result of the participation of Relief the World in Destruction), led to a smoother International Schools – Online in GYSD. reconciliation process in Burundi. And then there are the projects that inspired those • Some GYSD projects have yielded results that involved to reach for more in the future, such will empower the youth of the country and as Service For Peace’s activities in Cote encourage youth voice, such as the d’Ivoire, where volunteers committed Multimedia Youth Association in Macedonia, increase their participation through national whose activities have made the local officials level projects for next year’s GYSD. Also, in take initiatives and suggestions by youth more Uganda, the Campus Youth Alliance called seriously. This is the case in Ghana also, for the establishment of a network of where Friends of the Disadvantaged, Elderly volunteer organizations, and in the Czech and Children (FRIDEC) is overseeing a Republic volunteers committed to joining program of dialogue between the youth of the programs that would allow them to volunteer SSNIT flats (a residential area) and the more often. Ministry of Health. • Many organizations involved in GYSD came away from the experience with new connections to other organizations and7
  8. 8. GYSD 2005 has laid the groundwork for the continuation of projects, the launching of new ventures, and the introductionof more positive perspectives and attitudes regarding youth participation through service. The program is also showingevidence of its potential to convene different actors and sectors through innovative collaborations.A number of projects addressed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which reflects youth’s potential inaddressing many of the world’s most pressing challenges.At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, 189 Heads of State and Governments pledged to work together tomake a better world for all by 2015. On behalf of their people, they signed the Millennium Declaration which promises tofree men, women and children from the dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty and make the right to development areality for everyone. Eight Millennium Development Goals were adopted, committing rich and poor countries to worktogether in a global partnership to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015. Each Goal has been designed so that it is easy tounderstand, easy to implement and easy to measure. The MDGs are to: 1. Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger 2. Achieve Universal Primary Education 3. Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women 4. Reduce Child Mortality 5. Improve Maternal Health 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases 7. Ensure Environmental Sustainability 8. Develop a Global Partnership for Development8
  9. 9. V. Government Support Government Involvement Supports Youth Actions for GYSD 2005If Global Youth Service Day is to serve as a strategy to the downtown districts of Sukhbaatar and Chingeltei,engage youth as active agents of community change, it and the Sukhbaatar District Governor issued an officialis critical that government agencies and public officials letter inviting all organizations in the district to supportin each country recognize young peoples contributions. GYSD.We are excited to report that the attention received byGYSD efforts from local and national governments Public officials spoke to participants at many GYSDaround the world is growing; below are some examples events. At Volta Star Family Fun Club events inof public officials’ involvement: Ghana, the District Director of Education in Kpando inspired the students to become teachers, and Mr. PausAt the highest government level, President Luiz Inacio Adawuty, District Chief Executive, spoke aboutLula da Silva in Brazil continues to be a supporter of making good education and career choices. In Israel,Natal Voluntarios’ GYSD activities, kick-starting the Bet Shemesh Mayor Daniel Vaknin spoke to theevents with his now traditional Call to Service. The Service For Peace participants, stressing theevents in Georgia, France, Malawi and in Bosnia and importance of volunteering and expressing his faith inHerzegovina also received attention from their the younger generation. For South African Scoutrespective presidents, while Service For Peace’s project Association Mpumalanga’s GYSD projects,in South Korea drew the attention of First Lady Kwon representatives of both the Department of Health andYang-sook. the Department of Education addressed and congratulated the volunteers at all venues of activity. InMany projects benefited greatly from the integral Bolivia, a new national volunteer law was created withsupport and involvement of local officials as well. This the support of the CEBOFIL.was certainly the case in Burundi, where Youth Actionfor Development’s efforts were aided by the Mayor of When unable to attend GYSD events, some publicBujumbura, who donated cleaning supplies, and the officials found other ways to show support, such asEnvironment Minister, who not only helped in training issuing public statements or providing funding. Forproject organizers and providing refreshments for People to People International Lagos’ GYSD projectparticipants, but also acted as chairman of the events, in Nigeria, the Chairman and the Mushin Localworking with the National Committee. Also in Government issued a proclamation in support of GYSDKazakhstan, for Contact Club’s GYSD project, Akim and the President of the Nigeria Labour CongressMarat Uderbayev (equivalent of a Mayor) gave a sent a letter of support. In Kenya, the City Councilspeech at the awards ceremony, and cheered on contributed $1,000 to the Youth Centre’s project, and inparticipants throughout the entire event. Irina the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Municipality ofLeonidovna Kim, First Assistant to the Akim, helped Hebron donated all the paint which Schools Onlineorganize the activities with Contact Club’s Executive used for cleaning and painting in the towns of HebronBoard and Advisors, and Roza Zhunisova, Chief of and Albireh.Small Business Affairs Department, who helped withmedia coverage and acted as liaison between the local The trend toward increasing attention of policymakersgovernment, the park owners, and Contact Club. The towards GYSD is encouraging. It indicates a growingMayor of Bobeica (Moldova) was present at a two-day awareness about the current and potential impact ofcleanup of the village; the local government sponsored youth service and sets the stage for strongerthe project by providing both drivers and gas for the collaborations between governments and youth-orientedtractors used, and the Regional Ministry of Ecology NGOs. Such partnerships can lead to more sustainabledonated 700 trees to be solutions to communityplanted. In Mongolia, problems and the engagementService For Peace co- of young people as resourcesorganized its project with for change.the Municipal Offices of9
  10. 10. VI. Media CoverageMedia coverage of Global Youth Service Day and all youth involvement is key to creating public awareness about thepositive role of youth in their communities. More than 80 organizations worldwide received international, national, orlocal media coverage for their GYSD projects this year. Some highlights of media coverage for the 2005 Global YouthService Day celebrations include:• In Slovenia, the Slovene Philanthropy, Association for Promotion of Voluntary Work received coverage on Slovene public radio as well as 10 local commercial radio stations (including 2 radio talk shows) and on Slovene radio in Italy (for the Slovene minority). Slovene public television as well as 2 private TV stations covered the events (including features on 4 TV talk shows), along with 2 national newspapers, 3 regional newspapers (including a weekly paper), and a Catholic weekly newspaper.• The American Councils for International Education in Uzbekistan’s work for GYSD received attention from a variety of media outlets as well. A nationwide youth television network covered the events, as well as articles in a popular magazine for expatriates with readers in all Central Asian republics. Interviews with project leaders were featured in seven regional newspapers, extended coverage and interviews were presented on 2 state television stations, and postings on several websites detailed GYSD, including the website of the US Embassy in Tashkent, and the American Councils for International Education. Altogether, GYSD events appeared on 7 television programs, 2 magazines, at least 4 websites, and 14 newspaper articles across Uzbekistan.• In the Russian Federation, Russian Development Volunteer Center and “Constructive Approach” Foundation’s widespread GYSD activities were featured extensively in the country’s media. More than 100 newspapers (including 30 publications in the Samara area and 58 publications in Tatarstan) covered the events, as did more than 40 television channels, and 11 websites. There were also 15 radio reports detailing the activities.• In Brazil, Natal Voluntarios’ immense celebration of GYSD was covered by very important and diverse media outlets across the country, including TV stations (Globo, SBT and MTV), hundreds of radio stations, and both national and local newspapers.• Project Harmony - Armenia publicized its activities by preparing and submitting a press release detailing GYSD, which was featured in several of the country’s leading domestic news outlets. Several of the news outlets covering GYSD reach expatriated Armenians in nearly 80 countries around the world. More than 5 national magazines (including an online magazine on the subject of volunteering) and several daily national newspapers covered GYSD in Romania. The events were also detailed on national and local radio and television stations.• And in the Palestinian Territory, 3 local radio stations, Palestinian television station, Hebron TV, and 3 newspapers covered Schools Online’s GYSD project.With the media coverage of young people’s service and civic engagement activities, more people around the world cansee youth for what they really are: an asset rather than a liability to society, people willing to step forward and helpimprove their communities. GYSD and NYSD had a combined number of almost 610 million media hits.10
  11. 11. VII. Country Highlights Please note: Country names reflect those provided by National Lead Agencies.Albania Total Volunteers: 80 LEAD AGENCY: Albanian Ecological Club – Int’l Friends of NatureWith the support of a DisneyHand Minnie Grant, eighty students of Adem Sheme primary Alona Elitariand junior high school in Saranda, Albania, will participate in a service-learning project tofocus on the arts and education, organized by student government. The children will Rr. Todi Shkurti P.13 Tiranaresearch their local heritage and produce artwork (in any format, jewelry, pottery, etc.) that Tel: +355-69-234-1003copies a particular piece found during their research. The childrens work will be exhibited Fax: +355-4-373-148along with photographs and information about the original inspiration and will compete. The eight reproductions will be given prizes. http://www.albanianyouth.orgAlgeria Total Volunteers: 600 LEAD AGENCY: Algerian Volunteers for Peace and Cultural Exchanges, Inc.The Association des Volontaires Algeriens pour la Paix et L’echange Culturel mobilized 600 Zouaoui Mostarivolunteers for GYSD 2005 in Algeria. They organized a project called « Stop Sida » or «Stop AIDS » which intended to go beyond the work done in the past to combat the epidemic B 89 Cite Madina Mounaoura Sidi Bel Abbes, 22000and support the development of new programs to address the deficiencies of ongoing Tel: +213-48-565756initiatives. The proactive approach would assess and identify the problems and with the help Fax: +213-48-557997of experts, other associations and logisitical and technical assistance, develop new kcalgerie@yahoo.frresources. A new branch of Association Volontaires Algeriens called Sidaction was createdto monitor these new projects. All of the volunteers benefited enormously from theexperience. The organization carried out these projects with no significant funding and didnot attract any media attention, however they hope to do a better job of this in 2006. Theseprojects plan to help hundreds of AIDS victims in the future whose needs are notbeing adequately addressed in the country and continue to solicit more volunteers tohelp ensure that the programs are successful.Angola Total Volunteers: 72 LEAD AGENCY: Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation – AngolaThe Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation worked to institute successful GYSD Rhonda Staudtactivities in a country recently plagued by the Marburg virus and still recovering from war.The Foundation played a game created by Netaid called, “The Real Life Game Angolan C/O German Embassy Luanda,Children Can’t Play” with 72 young children of an average age of 12. The children archived Tel: +244-2-32-76-31their feelings as they went through the process of what challenges children in Angola face Fax: +244-2-33-47-73when trying to attend school and attain their dreams of obtaining a job to take care of their sasef@hotmail.comfamilies. Although the measurable results cannot be calculated at present, the Shirley AnnSullivan Educational Foundation witnessed children understanding the challenges theirpeers face in extreme poverty situations. It is hoped that measurable results will be in education, something that can only be seen in the future with these students.The Luanda International School system wrapped up the activities with a project of “A DayIn the Life of a Child in Angola”. Due to the outbreak of the Marburg virus the event had tobe held inside the school compound with no outside contact with local Angolan schoolchildren. “Radio Nacional” and YES Angola also participated in the project.11
  12. 12. Argentina Total Volunteers: 5,000 LEAD AGENCY: Argentinian Center for Int’l Cooperation and Development (CACID)CACID in partnership with the Ministry of Education and IDB’s Paso Joven program led the Gustavo SmithGYSD celebrations in Argentina. Hundreds of young volunteers working as school tutors,and volunteers in civil society organizations, came together in a national campaign to share Sucre 1607 PB B Buenos Aires City C1428DVAproposals and experiences regarding youth volunteerism. Young volunteers were also able Tel: +54 -11-4784-5438to create educational materials, which were distributed in hospitals, children homes, and Fax: +54 -11- 4784-5438foundations working with disadvantaged children. In communities across the country, of the Paso Joven program, also held volunteer activities such asbeautification campaigns, street clean-ups, visits to children and elderly homes, amongothers. CACID was able to publish a book evaluating GYSD’s impact in Argentina, in the five years. As part of the long term results, CACID continues to work withNational Directorate for Youth (DINAJU) and the Ministry of Education, in developinga youth service policy for Argentina.Armenia Total Volunteers: 4,800 LEAD AGENCY: Project HarmonyGYSD celebrations in Armenia were led by Project Harmony (Armenia) and the American Naira KarmirshalyanCouncils for International Education (Armenia), involving 4,800 volunteers and 300schools from 11 regions across the country. The celebrations were co-organized by the 45 Sevastopolyan Yerevan,Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs, Habitat for Humanity (with the support of a Tel: +374-1-260686DisneyHand Minnie Grant), Peace Corps volunteers, Red Cross International, and local Fax: +374-1-227458municipalities. Some of the activities included planting of 1000 trees, visits to disabled nairak@projectharmony.amchildren’s homes, concerts, community clean-ups, and workshops attended by state focusing on youth development. The celebrations were covered by media outletssuch as Lori TV, Vanatiour weekly, Arminfo, Armenpress and Arka, which distributes CO-National Lead Agency:news to Armenians living in almost 80 countries around the world. Some of the long American Councils forterm results included the creation of a partnership with other GYSD NLAs for International Education:future exchanges, as part of the World Tour de France, organized by AFEV, the ACTR/ACCELSlead GYSD organizer in France. Elizabeth Winship 18/2 Baghramyan St. #2 Yerevan, 375019 Tel: +374-1-561410 Fax: +374-1-561498 Total Volunteers: 200 LEAD AGENCY: United Nations Youth & Student Assn. of AustriaThe GYSD 2005 celebrations in Austria were led by the United Nations Youth and Student Irene StoecklAssociation of Austria, involving over 50 volunteers in a panel discussion that started thenation-wide “Stop Child Trafficking Campaign,” by panelists from a range of international Johannesgasse 2/2/32 Vienna, A-1010organizations and local authorities. The discussion educated many people, particularly in Tel: +43-1-512-8521Vienna, about the problem of child trafficking and corresponding international, regional, and Fax: +43-1-512-8521national mechanisms to prevent it. A number of media outlets helped to raise awareness by austria@afa.atcovering the panel discussion including various Austrian daily newspapers, local radiostations and national and local TV stations. MTV and R.E.M were present for the discussion,and the Association’s website received over 5,000 hits out of interest to GYSD 2005. The important long term result of the panel was the heightened awareness amongAustrians about the very serious problem of human trafficking around the world. TheYouth and Student Association established itself as a knowledgeable and authoritativeleadership force in the country and created relationships for future successful campaigns.12
  13. 13. Azerbaijan Total Volunteers: 800 LEAD AGENCY: Project HarmonyAs the GYSD National Lead Agency in Azerbaijan, Project Harmony conducted youth Vusal Khanlarovvolunteer activities in four regions of the country, mobilizing almost 200 motivated students,ECA alumni, ACE teacher exchange program participants and members of the Azerbaijan 183 Suleyman Rahimov st Baku, 370014Connections and Exchange network. GYSD included a Fire Precaution training of trainers, Tel: +99-412-479181involving local fire department employees; a volunteerism poster festival; a charity auction; Fax: +99-412-479181clothes and toy drives in Baku, engaging students and local orphanages; and a Cooking vusal@projectharmony.azDay organized by students and teachers in Quba, Sumqayit and Lenkaran, delivering mealsto local senior shelters. Students in Quba also organized an art exhibition showcasing thebenefits of volunteerism. The activities were showcased in the Project Harmony website, was accessed by over 10,000 visitors. Alumni of the Future Leaders Exchangeprogram, administered by American Councils, mobilized 600 university and high schoolstudents, NGOs representatives, ex-pats, and local people through a charity ball andauction and theatrical performance to support children and teens from the Down SyndromeAssociation. Their goal was to promote public awareness of kids with Down Syndrome andintegrate kids with disabilities into Azeri society.Bangladesh Total Volunteers: 1,200 LEAD AGENCY: National Federation Of Youth Organisations In Bangladesh (NFYOB)Led by the National Federation of Youth Organizations in Bangladesh, the National Dulal BiswasCoordinating Committee organized activities including a youth fair, project exhibitions,cultural festivals, debates, workshops, leadership trainings, concerts, tree planting drives 2/7, Sir Syed Road, Mohammadpurand clean-up projects. Relief International-Schools Online (RI-SOL), an international NGO Dhaka, 1207involved in education and youth activities in Bangladesh partnered with Peace Corps Tel: +88-02-9111660Bangladesh to coordinate a series of activities promoting community service by young Fax: +88-02-8122010people. RISOL educators developed a syllabus for nfyob@bijoy.netits schools in Gazipur, Tongi, and Comilla, and forservice-learning activities organized by Peace volunteers throughout the country. Thelessons highlighted ways in which young peoplecan make a difference in their community byperforming volunteer services. Students and localyouth identified needs in their community, andexecuted projects tailored to meeting them. Localgovernment elected representatives were invitedto participate in the activities and discuss theyear-round contributions of young people ascommunity leaders. TotalBelarus Volunteers: 22 LEAD American Center for Education AGENCY: and ResearchMore than 20 Belarusian alumni of the Future Leaders Exchange program, Kevin Reilingadministered by American Councils, helped fight illiteracy and promotevolunteerism through the “Save the Libraries” Global Youth Service Day project F. Skorina ave., 169, office 512 (south wing)this April. With the help of local schools and university partners, as well as friends Minsk, Belarus 220114and families, they collected and donated 200 books to libraries in Minsk and the Tel: ++375-17-218-1264villages of Dzerzinsk, Zhodino, and Novosely.
  14. 14. TotalBenin Volunteers: LEAD Enfants Solidaires dAfrique et AGENCY: du Monde (ESAM)Capacity building activites were planned for GYSD 2005 in Benin. Bouraima BelloFinal Report not available at the time of printing 08 BP 0049 Cotonou, Littoral 229 Tel: +229-30-52-37 Fax: +229-31-38-77 esam@firstnet.bjBhutan Total Volunteers: 500 LEAD AGENCY: National Women AssociationThe Phuentsholing Women Association/YES Bhutan Network was successful in Dechen Wangmomobilizing over 500 young people in Bhutan by holding three projects. These projectstook place in one of the districts in Phuentsholing and included a cleaning campaign, Phajoding Primary School Phuentsholing, Chukhaunemployment awareness and a job fair. There is a lack of community awareness on Tel: +975-5-252902sanitation and its needs especially at the grassroots levels. With the help of local Fax: +975-5-254070youth and women’s groups, a cleaning and awareness campaign was organized. dwangmo_drukyul2002@hotmail.comThese included various activities such as uses of waste management tools providedby the municipality, condoms distribution and HIV/AIDS programs and building thedrainage system. All these events were covered by media outlets such as thenational and local newspapers and local TV channels. The events were sponsoredby Phuentsholing Women Association, the local business community, and fundswere raised by young people. The long term results of the activities includedestablishing collaborations with new partners in other countries, leading tointernational exchanges and creation of training sessions in youth volunteermanagement.Bolivia Total Volunteers: 10,000 LEAD AGENCY: Centro Boliviano de Filantropia (CEBOFIL)Supported by IADB Youth, Paso Joven Bolivia and the Youth Volunteer in the Americas Fabiola Castedoprogram, CEBOFIL was able to mobilize over 10,000 young volunteers, 30 youthorganizations, municipal public officials, universities and schools across Bolivia. The Comercial El Chuubi Santa Cruzactivities were kick-started on April 7th, with service learning projects in 25 educational Tel: +591-3-330-0356centers. Activities also included workshops on issues related to service learning Fax: +591-3-333-4488strategies and volunteer management. Other activities included award ceremonies in info@cebofil.orgLa Paz and Santa Cruz, as well as 30 activities organized by youth-led organizations 3,000 children and adolescents, focusing on sexual and reproductive health,the environment and capacity building for volunteer organizations. The celebrationsended with simultaneous activities in Santa Cruz and La Paz, celebrating year-roundvolunteer activities through artistic and cultural displays. The activities were covered bymedia outlets such as newspapers (El Deber and El Nuevo Día); radio stations (RadioLatina, Radio Caliente and Radio Fama); and TV stations (Channel 5 - ATB, Channel 7,Gigavision and Antena Uno). The celebrations’ sponsors included Coca-Cola, PasoJoven, Grupo RIBEPAR, Editorial La Hoguera, Natura, Helados Pato Roca, RotaracEquipetrol and Zoológico Municipal. Some of the long term results from this year’scelebrations include the creation of a new National Volunteer Service law; theinclusion of youth in the upcoming Constituent Assembly, general youthengagement in civic and democracy initiatives; creation of a GYSD LatinAmerican guide in collaboration with IADB, Paso Joven and NLAs in Argentinaand the Dominican Republic; and the creation of a partnership with other GYSDNLAs for future exchanges, as part of the World Tour de France, organized byAFEV, the lead GYSD organizer in France.14
  15. 15. Bosnia and Herzegovina Total Volunteers: 3,000 LEAD AGENCY: OSMIJEH, Association for Psychosocial Help and Development of Voluntary WorkOSMIJEH led the GYSD celebrations in Bosnia, mobilizing over 3,000 volunteers across the Vahida Huzejroviccountry. With the help of numerous NGOs and 47 schools, and the support of the BosnianPresident, they were able to organize ecological projects, workshops, visits to hospitals and Naselje Lamele BB Gracanica, Tuzla Cantonchildren’s homes, and concerts. At a national conference with over 120 youth volunteers, 75320best practices in youth volunteerism were presented and discussed, including a Tel: +387-35-702-860presentation by two young volunteers who had been part of the World Tour de France. The Fax: +387-35-787-281celebrations were covered by Radio OSMIJEH, Radio Grazanica Daily paper AVAZ Canton Total Volunteers: 30,000 LEAD AGENCY: Natal VoluntariosWith the now traditional nation-wide call to Monica MacDowellservice, President Lula kick-started theGYSD celebrations in Brazil, which Avenida Rodrigues Alves 871 Natal, RN 59020-200involved over 30,000 volunteers in 145 Tel: +55-84-211-1527cities, in 25 states across the country. This Fax: +55-84-211-5624year the celebrations had a common; engaging young people inachieving the UN Millennium Development (MDGs). This strategy includedactivities ranging from peer-educationinitiatives, environmental projects, sexualand reproductive health workshops, cultural and sport activities, food and clothing drives,and construction of community centers, among others. In the north of the country, the localSecretary of Youth organized a cultural exchange between urban youth and youngmembers of the aboriginal Krahô tribe. In the south of the country, young people led masstransportation safety campaigns and non-formal education activities in public squares. In thenortheast, young people organized massive clean ups, and exchanges of violent toys forbooks. In the southeast, young girls organized a social inclusion project for young inmates,and Scout groups organized massive food distribution activities among street children. Thecelebrations were covered by diverse and extensive media outlets including TV stations(Globo, SBT and MTV), hundreds of radio stations and national and local newspapers. Theorganizers were able to create a partnership with McCann Erickson, a public relations firm,to create an awareness raising campaign as part of the celebrations, which included awebsite (http/, which had over 15,000 visitors during April 2005. Thecelebrations were also promoted by celebrities such as actor Paulo Altran, one of the mostrecognizable media figures in Brazil. Some of the long term impact includes an increasein partnerships with state agencies, from 1 in 2004 to 7 in 2005; a strategicpartnership with the Scout Union of Brazil; ongoing partnerships with NLAs inArgentina and France; inclusion of service-learning curriculum in schools in the stateof Rio Grande do Norte in partnership with the local Secretary of Education; and thecreation of a university center for volunteerism at Universidad Federal do Rio Grandedo Norte.15
  16. 16. Bulgaria Total Volunteers: 100 LEAD AGENCY: Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) GabrovoGYSD celebrations in Bulgaria included a cultural heritage workshop in the city of Plovdiv. It Antoaneta Yankabakovawas organized by Association National Forum API, with the cooperation of the People toPeople International- Plovdiv. This workshop brought together participants from several P.O. Box 235 Gabrovo, 5300secondary schools, and young people directly involved in cultural projects and activities. Tel: +359-66-29032With the help of teachers, participants were able to discuss different methodologies for Fax: +359-66-23419playing interactive cultural heritage games. The workshop was able to raise awareness tony@mbox.eda.bgamong young people on the concept of being European, by using innovative technologies,and promoting a more inclusive understanding of citizenship, cultural heritage and migrationacross Europe.Burundi Total Volunteers: 20,300 LEAD AGENCY: Youth in Reconstruction of the World in Destruction (YRWD)GYSD celebrations in Burundi were part of an initiative to help victims of the Prosper Ndabishuriyewar rebuild their homes and promote peace among Burundiancommunities. With the support of SHINE Ministry and EEAC Bujumbura, B.P. 6144 Bujumbura,JRMD/YRWD was able to build 9 homes for 9 families (totaling 60 people) Tel: +257-920-609who are victims of war, in 3 days at Carama, where they are in the long Fax: +257-222-955term process of building 800 homes. JRMD/YRWD also conducted an open ndapros@yahoo.frspace conference for peace and reconciliation, with a turnout of 430 Youth Action for Development (YAD) carried out multipleprojects that involved 11,708 participants between ages 7 and 45 around Co-Lead Agency:the country. Their activities included a tree planting project, collection of Youth Actions for Developmentplastic litter and street clean ups in bare areas in Gatumba, Maramvya, Bizimina VincentMubimbi and Isare zones. The Ministry of Environment participated by Bwiza, 1 avenuegiving beverages to participants towards the end of the activity and by Bujumbura, 6106providing training for 48 GYSD leaders in conjunction with YES Burundi. Tel: +257-990-784The Bujumbura mayor was also present and donated cleaning equipment Fax: +257-232-807to the project. They held public music and theatre performances put on by yadinfo@yahoo.frMoses Fund Kazibwe and 5 associations from YES Burundi respectively.YAD also gave books to students present from 7 primary and secondaryschools around the country. The Environment Minister was the chairman ofthe day together with the National Committee in Burundi. Media outletssuch as Culture Radio, African Public Radio, and Radio Isanganiro coveredthe festivities in 3 different languages and the YAD website was accessedby some 8,000 people between January and April out of interest in GYSD.Some of the long term results from GYSD 2005 in Burundi included acloser relationship between government officials, leaders ofinternational NGOs and youth organizations dedicated to sustainablechange, and the recognition of youth as effective community leaderscapable of initiating and executing major projects for the bettermentof their society.16
  17. 17. Cameroon Total Volunteers: 16,911 LEAD AGENCY: Adele Reproductive Health CentreGYSD in Cameroon was led by Association Mieux Vivre (AMV), CATIBA, and Adele Gwewasang MartinReproductive Health Center. AMV mobilized 14,755 people in a successful cleaningcampaign in school yards and hospitals, as well as road renovation. Mayors and general P.O.Box 9450 Douala,managers of some companies in Douala and Yaoundé were present and Hysacam provided Tel: +237-765-1615materials (wheelbarrows, shovels etc), while SABC offered refreshments to the workers. Fax:The project was covered extensively by such media outlets as TV stations (Crtv and Canal adele_healthcentre@yahoo.fr2), radio stations (Equinoxe Radio, La Bonne Nouvelle, Yemba, RTM Radio, Radio leslauréates and Nostalgie Radio). CATIBA participated by hosting multiple educationaltraining sessions that involved 1,156 people between the ages of 10 and 40 in manydifferent fields. Over 25 youth groups along with local schools organized 4 training projectsranging from education in nutrition and HIV/AIDS to language training and art classes. TheMinister of Social Affairs came to support the event along with the general director ofSOAPCAM and the president of the traditional College of Dschang. Major donors includedSOAPCAM, the parents’ association of students at CATIBA, and Women’s Partnership ofWorld Africa. ARHC projects included the distribution of Essentials of ContraceptiveTechnology handbooks (French & English), free health lectures in training institutions,training on voluntary and confidential counseling on HIV/AIDS and the treatment of drinkingwells investment. Many elected officials came to support the health care initiative including,The Mayor of Bamusso Meh Polycarp, Dr Ngum, District Medical Officer Tiko, Mr SamuelNdla, Human Right Douala, the team of Medical Doctors in South West Province, MrsRoslyn Suite, Jhuccp.: Johns Hopkins University provided 420 copies of essentials ofcontraceptive technology handbooks and 420 wall charts on family planning. Together withthe NCC, ARHC established the Volunteer Youth Leadership Forum, with youthrepresenting more than 30 groups and schools. Some of the long term results of GYSD2005 in Cameroon include a new committee devoted to the fight against HIV/AIDS, thecreation of a partnership between CATIBA and other associations and sponsorsthroughout the country, the identification of new zones and partners by ARHC, whowill continue to benefit from GYSD activities. Some of these activities will include,provincial and district hospitals, private training institutions, some nursery andprimary schools and a youth policy group will be put in place to mobilize other youngpeople in their local areas so that they can actively engage in sex education foryoung people in Cameroon.Canada Total Volunteers: 10,000 LEAD AGENCY: Volunteer CanadaVolunteer Canadas energetic team of callers spent weeks on the telephone, phoning Rita Devlinschools in every province to promote GYSD and to encourage youth-led volunteer events.Two thousand Canadian schools, from British Columbia to Newfoundland, were contacted 330 Gilmour Street Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0R8over a three-month period, 3,500 GYSD promotional kits were distributed to schools, and an Tel: +1-800-670-0401additional 10,000 GYSD informational postcards were sent out to schools and youth- Fax: +613-231-6725involving organizations in Canada. More than 300 confirmed events were registered on the gysd@volunteer.caGYSD website. These events included such activities as a garage sale that raised morethan $800 for three local charities, volunteering in school libraries three days each week, http://www.gysd.cayouth volunteers from the youth organization Katimavik visited clients at Community Living,students volunteered as Academic Tutors and Anti-Harassment Healthy Relationshipsmentors, and a bake sale, with proceeds going to the Youth Centre. Volunteer Canadaalso developed GYSD Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for radio, two in English andtwo in French and launched a GYSD website which received over 2000 hits between Marchand the end of April. The major sponsor for the GYSD initiatives in Canada was Old Navy.The GYSD 2005 events were a great success in Canada and mobilized a large andmotivated young population that took huge strides towards becoming a positive force forchange all around the country. People nationwide were motivated by the efforts of theyoung volunteers and changed their perception of youth to more respected communityleaders.17
  18. 18. Central African Republic Total Volunteers: 3,000 LEAD AGENCY: Federation Nationale des Organisations de Jeunesse GYSD 2005 saw the success of many projects Desire Dole in Central African Republic organized by the Fédération Nationale des Organisations de FNOJ BP 2227 Bangui, BP 2227 Jeunesse and the Organisation des Jeunes Tel: +236-61-18-66 pour le Développement. These projects Fax: +236-61-35-61 involved some 3000 participants, and included: clean-ups, door-to-door awareness campaignon HIV/AIDS, reparation of water canals and damaged roads, and multipleconferences/debates on topics like, the Culture of Peace, volunteering, ICT opportunitiesand drug abuse. 2000 participants were served sandwiches from the 1250 bread donationsreceived from different bakeries, and 800 young people participated in the conferences. Thelaunch of GYSD 2005 was opened by the official representative of the first lady of theCentral African Republic, Solange Ndakala, and many other elected officials were presentsuch as, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Desire Kolingba, the National Coordinator of theFédération Nationale des Organisations de Jeunesse, Desire Dole, the representative of thePresident of the Delegation of the city of Bangui, over thirty heads of different academicinstitutions, district mayors, and members of international institutions. The activities werefunded by sponsors SOCATEL, BICA, HUSACA, LEAL, the Ministry of Water, Forests,Hunting, Tourism and the Environment, and the participating bakeries. The activities ofGYSD were covered by such media outlets as Central African Radio, Central Africantelevision and two private radio stations. There were many positive long term results thatemerged from GYSD in the Central African Republic including: influence on publicpolicy related to youth (legislation, and meetings with government officials),collaboration with new future partners in different countries, collaboration with otherinternational youth agencies, creation of new initiatives for continuing youth servicethroughout the year (i.e. create a new program for the continuation of projects startedon GYSD and develop education sessions for the promotion of voluntaryparticipation), and promote a positive perception of youth through multiple modes(i.e. magazine articles that highlight the contribution of youth, quotations frommembers of the community and officials about the involvement of youth indevelopment and youth in positions of decision making). Most importantly theFédération Nationale des Organisations de Jeunesse developed an annual plan of actionfinancially supported and approved by the government (over 7,000 Euros), that plans tomeet with member organizations twice a month, use radio and television to raise awarenessabout and encourage youth volunteerism and organize periodic job management andeducational workshops for young people.Chad Total Volunteers: 200 LEAD AGENCY: Association Jeunesse Anti-Clivage SectionThe Association Jeunesse Anti Clivage (AJAC) engaged young volunteers in multiple Adam Abakar Kayayeprojects as part of the GYSD 2005 in the city of Mao, with the hopes of emphasizing the rolethat youth must play in development. The activities included a panel discussion, a film BP 11 Mao Kanem Tchad Maoshowing, and a series of games and competitions. The panel discussion entitled “La Tel: +235-23-5732volontariat de la jeunesse dans les processus de developpement” or “Youth volunteers in Fax: +235-50-3002the process of development,” was led by M. Bopan Dépalbé and the youth had the ajackanem@yahoo.fropportunity to actively participate. The film entitled “Scénario de Sahel” treated the topic ofthe AIDS pandemic and ways to prevent it. After the film there was a demonstration aboutcontraceptives and the distribution of contraceptives to many youth volunteers. The games focused around important topics such as AIDS, education of girls and violence inschools and the winners received prizes. The Mayor of the Commune of Mao waspresent for the activities and all those who participated were enthusiastic and AJACpledged to enlarge their service efforts in other towns in the region of Kanem in theyears to come.18
  19. 19. China Total Volunteers: 70 LEAD AGENCY: Youth Volunteers AssociationWith the help of UNICEF the Youth Volunteers Zhu DanqingAssociation involved more than 70 participantsin a fund raising project on GYSD 2005 in Beijing Tel: +13-58-160-8730China. By selling UNICEF cards and gifts they Fax:raised 10055 yuan for UNICEF who contributed all to children in poor areas of China. Alongwith UNICEF mainly Chinese women, localmedia and school managers provided theproject with significant support. Although allparticipants spared no effort to convey themeaning of GYSD and UNICEF to thoseinterested, the Youth Volunteers recognized that GYSD will never completely developwithout the support of the government, and that is their ultimate goal for the future. Theyhope that China will one day be an active force for GYSD.Colombia Total Volunteers: 18,000 LEAD AGENCY: Corporacion Grupo TayronaGYSD 2005 in Colombia was led by Grupo Tayrona with the support of the National Juan Diego ValenzuelaCoordinating Committee, including the Colombian National Planning Committee, agovernment body coordinating 11,000 territorial councils; public officials, volunteer Transversal 55 No. 112 - 33 Bogota, Cundinamarcaorganizations, youth groups, universities and schools. Over 70 activities were carried out by 1061218,000 volunteers, such as health campaigns in poor neighborhoods, activities promoting Tel: +57-1-296-5815the conservation of cultural heritage and sustainable development, clean-up events, cultural Fax: +57-1-296-5816performances, book collections, trainings on information and communication technologies, and activities with disabled children. Furthermore, GYSD organizers were able tocarry out the 2nd Annual Youth Volunteer Work Fair, involving 40 volunteer organizations, 4, the Mayor of Bogota, schools and universities. This event was tied to the Forumfor a Fair Colombia, with national experts and youth organizations such as the YMCA, theYouth Observatory, YES Colombia, YWCA, theColombian Volunteer Association, Young CatholicGroups, Red Cross, among other organizations.The celebrations ended with an award ceremony,including UN representatives, IAVE officials andGeneral Motors representatives. As part of thelong term strategies, the GYSD organizersagreed to produce 8 radio shows on youthvolunteerism, with the support of governmentagencies, civil society and multilateralorganizations, and youth volunteers. It isestimated that these shows will reach 15,000people, including 10,000 youth. The GYSDorganizers in Colombia are also expecting to distribute a publication on youthvolunteerism in Colombia, which includes a national directory of volunteerorganizations and personal stories from youth volunteers. Finally, Grupo Tayronaplans to train youth volunteers through a series of capacity-building workshopsfocusing on volunteerism, citizenship and ICTs.19
  20. 20. Congo, Democratic Republic of Total Volunteers: 35,000 LEAD AGENCY: Development and Relief Ginger Group (DEREGG)Forum des Jeunes pour le Developpment (FOJEDEV) played an extraordinary leading role Joel Bayubasirein the events of GYSD by mobilizing over 35,000 people in its projects. They organized andtelevised an educational conference that emphasized youth self-empowerment and 17 Av, Kindu, Ibanda Bukavu, South-Kivuleadership that reached over 10, 000 viewers. More than 50 young people participated in 7140 Kigalivisiting destitute patients at the “Roi-Badouin” Hospital in Kinshasa and donated needed Tel: +250-840-5478materials such as 50 bags of sugar, 1000 bars of soap, 50 boxes of milk, second-hand Fax:clothing and other pharmaceutical products. These two projects were sponsored by Kairos deregginfo@yahoo.frTelecom, Eglise la Gloire de L’Eternel, Boutique GAIUS, Christian Seka and Michael Ntoto,and were covered by two different television stations. FOJEDEV continued their service Co-Lead Agency:involving over 25,000 people, in activities such as, the creation of an establishment for Solidarite Pour Layouth development, creation of a not-for-profit organization, the formation of a group to Jeunessepromote awareness about youth and their nationalism, and the participation of young Kibosi NyamuhundaCongolese in an international conference against racism and discrimination. They carried 83, av. Kimbanguout this initiative with the help of donations made by group members and with the support of Burundi, Uvira, Sud-Kivuone elected official, Senator Wamba dia Wamba. Consultation Collective Nationale des Ong Tel: +243-977-48053de Jeunesse du Congo (CONAJECO) also engaged in many activities involving more than Fax: +257-21-2485 sjasbl_ong@yahoo.fr150 leaders of youth organizations from Kinshasa, such as, raising awareness concerningthe voluntary participation of youth in their communities, educating the leaders about themanagement/organization of volunteers, a forestation project and food banks. The activitiesof CONAJECO were funded by such sponsors as ONG OPURR and the Commune ofNgaliema (city of Kinshasa). There were elected officials present including the principalDefense and Security Advisor to the Vice President, Mr. Thomas Wetshi Tambwe, a lawyerwith the court of Appeals in Kinshasa and the Advisor to the Ministry of Youth and Sports,Mrs. Marie Jeanne Luhaka, and Mr. Jean Baptiste Kiaku Mayamba, the Magistrate of theCommune of Ngaliema. The events of GYSD 2005 in D.R. Congo were covered by the radioon Radio Naitonale (RTNC) and on Television Nationale (RTNC) and Canal CongoTelevision (CCTV). Some of the long term results of GYSD in Congo were the initiationof a mini-project titled “Appui des renforcements des activites du volontariat desjeunes au Congo-Kinshasa” (Support for strengthening the activities of youthvolunteers in Congo-Kinshasa), which aims to generate more initiatives to continueyouth service throughout the year. Through this project it is hoped to organize a series ofshort-term and long term events on the national level that will raise awareness and educateyouth organizations on leadership and how to implement mini-projects in their communities.Important contacts were initiated between CONAJECO and Mr. Victor Amougou who is incharge of United Nations Volunteers in Congo-Kinshasa which may lead to strategicpartnerships.Costa Rica Total Volunteers: 1,500 LEAD AGENCY: Fundacion LaberintoWith over 20 activities around the country, and the participation of over 1,500 youth Rodrigo Hernandezvolunteers, Fundacion Laberinto led the GYSD celebrations in Costa Rica. Twenty highschools in San Jose, and youth organizations in several provinces, carried out Volunteer San Pedro Montes de Oca San José, 300-1009Campaigns, collecting 10 tons of garbage, planting 200 trees, organizing artistic exhibitions, Tel: +506-225-1351setting up a recreational camp for disadvantaged youth, and carrying out workshops on Fax: +506-225-1351sustainable development. The GYSD organizers were also able to organize a National flaberinto@costarricense.crForum on Youth Exchange, where several youth leaders were able to share their point ofviews on the issues of public policies affecting young people.20
  21. 21. Côte dIvoire Total Volunteers: 16 LEAD AGENCY: AIESEC Cote DIvoireGYSD celebrations in the Ivory Coast were led by Service For Peace and the Interfaith Detchio AkobeYouth Peace Council. The council involved 16 people including 12 principal youth leaders ofthe three main faiths (Catholic, Protestant, and Islam). A workshop was organized for the 08 BP Abijdan 5 Anijdan, Cocody 225leaders of these Religious Youth Organizations (RYOs) in order to: initiate a dialogue to find Tel: +748-5248the best ways to communicate and work together, help the organizations realize and take Fax: +225-203-89073responsibility to educate young people about problems common to all faiths and discuss aieseciv@yahoo.orgmodel RYO responses to future conflicts. Educational support came from local Jesuiteducators and the Service For Peace International HQ provided funding. The Director of theHuman Rights and Dignity Institute Cote D’Ivoire was present as well as members of the Community. The activity was covered by Private Islamic TV and translated intoFrench and English. All of the participants were receptive and happy to attend such anactivity and promised that for next year’s GYSD they will be more active to make somethingbig happen on the national level. It is hoped that these workshops planted the seed fora peaceful relationship between the RYOs that will evolve to educate youth andprevent conflict.Croatia Total Volunteers: 400 LEAD AGENCY: Croatian Youth NetworkGYSD celebrations in Croatia were led by the Croatian Youth Network. With the support of Tomislav Tomisevic19 youth organizations, they carried out simultaneous events around the country includingconcerts, rallies, fairs displaying the work of youth organizations, public debates, trainings Ilica 35 Zagreband workshops, blood donations, environmental clean-ups, cultural performances, sport Tel: +385-1-483-3809events, among other activities. As part of the long term effects, GYSD activities have Fax: +385-1-483-3635helped mobilize youth organizations to come together in the creation of a national mmh-predsjednik@globalnet.hryouth platform, which will act as an umbrella organization for all youth organizationsin Croatia.Czech Republic Total Volunteers: 15 LEAD AGENCY: Mezinarodni asociace pro pomoc a pratelstviOn GYSD 2005, the organization Mezinarodni Asociace Pro Pomoc a Pratelstvi incooperation with its partner organization Dobrovolnicke Centrum Kladno (DCK) organized a Alena Dishaday of volunteer training workshops mainly targeted to regional high school students and Zerotinova 42other youth interested in volunteering. Fifteen new people decided to become regular Praha 3volunteers, 12 of which decided to join volunteer programs of DCK and Mezinarodini. The Czech Republic 130 00workshops explained the activities of youth organizations in the Czech Republic, and Tel: +420 608 215 170emphasized the importance of volunteer work. They also included interactive games, Fax: +420 283 853 299presentations and team work exercises. From funds donated by the Volunteer CentreKladno and Service For Peace, 3 new projects were initiated by new volunteers, and others http://irff-cz.ogparticipated in the local “Spring of Service” program. DCK also sent volunteers to a home forelderly people, an orphanage and a hospital. The official representatives of these receivingorganizations were present at the workshops as well as the director of the Volunteer CentreKladno. The main long term result of GYSD 2005 in the Czech Republic is theestablishment of relationships with new partners, and the continuing collaborationsbetween organizations to encourage more youth volunteerism and spear-head newservice projects and workshops.21
  22. 22. Dominican Republic Total Volunteers: 4,000 LEAD AGENCY: Alianza ONG-Sirve QuisqueyaGYSD celebrations in the Dominican Republic were led by Alianza ONG/Sirve Quisqueya, Victor Almontemobilizing over 4,000 young volunteers. The celebrations started with the 3rd NationalYouth Service Fair, which focused on the exchange of information, resources, and Caonabo No. 22 Santo Domingo,experiences on youth service and service-learning among youth volunteers. The Fair Tel: +809-221-9192participants included representatives from the InterAmerican Develoment Bank (IDB), Fax: +809-221-0004United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and state officials. The Fair hosted an of 33 organizations, and capacity-building workshops. The following days werefilled with simultaneous activities, involving youth volunteers such as clean-ups, visits tochildren and elderly homes, small donations, planting of trees, among other activities. This’s activites were supported by the IDB’s Paso Joven program, UNDP, United NationsVolunteers (UNV), Mayor’s Office, Orange and ITABO. The celebrations were covered bynewspapers such as El Caribe, Diario Hoy and Diario Libre; and TV stations such aschannels 11, 13, 27, 9, 2 and 4.Ecuador Total Volunteers: LEAD AGENCY: Gobernación de GuayasOrganizers in Ecuador planned a one-day academic event, focusing on volunteer work. It Miriam Rojaswas part of a series of conferences on social development. Malecon y Aguirre Guayas, Guayaquil 593-4Final Report not available at the time of printing Tel: +593-4-2322616 Fax: +593-4-2534261 miriam_rojas@indes.orgEgypt Total Volunteers: 100 LEAD AGENCY: Arab Office for Youth and EnvironmentiEARN Egypts BRIDGE program in partnership with People to People International invited Emad Adly Adlyyoung people to volunteer their talents to help give 45 children from the Resala Orphanagea day of fun and games. The day was made possible by corporate sponsor McDonalds; Zahraa El Maadi st. Cairo, 202and also included the participation of the Modern Education School in Katamya, Cairo and Tel: +202-516-1519Abbas El Akkad Experimental Language School. During their BRIDGE Physical Exchange Fax: +202-516-2961Program, US students had the honor of joining their Egyptian peers, of the Hosni Mubarak aoye@link.netSchool in Alexandria, in a tree planting ceremony in the name of hope for understandingand peace. The event was covered by such media outlets as Nile News TV & Orbit Network.Some of the long term effects include a closer relationship among the children ofCairo, a new motivation towards youth service activities and a happier experience forthe children.22