Youth Service America

About YSA

Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. With half the world’s population under age 25, our mission is to help all young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. Starting in 2016, YSA will focus all our assets and outcomes on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The YSA program model:

  • Activates through campaigns like Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service;
  • Funds with YSA Grants;
  • Trains with resources and trainings offered in the YSA Learning Center; and
  • Recognizes through awards, storytelling, and visibility campaigns.

YSA delivers all programs to youth, educators, community organizations, and families through our Global Youth Service Network (GYSN) partners. The GYSN is a coalition of local, state, national, and international organizations committed to engaging children and youth as leaders through volunteering, community service, service-learning, national service, and voting/civic engagement.

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