Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada

April 25, 2008 11:30 ET

Volunteer Canada Brings Global Youth Service Day to Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) - Volunteer Canada brings Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), the largest international celebration of youth volunteerism in the world, to Canada. On April 25, 26 & 27, millions of young people from more than 120 countries - with the help of mentors, parents, teachers, volunteers and voluntary organizations - mobilize to celebrate and promote the potential and power of the youth volunteer movement.

A website has been created at volunteer.ca/gysd to ignite interest in youth volunteering. The site drives youth to generate dialogue around the issues that matter to them and to raise awareness around community-based contributions made by youth.

The Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating dispels the myth of apathetic youth. The survey indicates that Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 are more likely than those in any other age group to volunteer. They also support different causes than other volunteers and have different motivations for becoming involved.

Global Youth Service Day is a program of Youth Service America (YSA) with the National Youth Leadership Council and PARADE magazine. Volunteer Canada has been identified as the Lead Agency to deliver the GYSD campaign in Canada.

Visit volunteer.ca/gysd for ideas on how to spread the word on GYSD.

About Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977, the organization has been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs, special projects and national initiatives, by developing resources and by engaging in research and training across the country. Working with volunteer centres, community and national organizations and businesses, Volunteer Canada actively leads national dialogues on how volunteerism relates to citizen engagement and civil society and provides leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian volunteer movement. To learn more about Volunteer Canada, please visit volunteer.ca.

Contact Information

  • Volunteer Canada
    Elizabeth Gray-Smith
    Manager of Communications
    613-231-4371, x226 or 613-266-9427
    egraysmith@volunteer.ca