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Youth Volunteer Initiatives

Global Youth Service Day



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This year, the youth in our community have the opportunity to choose from two engaging projects. Our youth wil have the opportunity to work alongside other non-profit organizations, schools, and government agencies to participate in a day of community building and service. Click here to view photos from the 2016 Global Youth Service Day



United Way of York County established the Youth Volunteer Initiatives program (YVI) in 2001 to work with schools and agencies to engage young people in volunteerism. Its mission is to develop and aggressively promote a comprehensive youth volunteer program empowering agenicies, schools and other volunteer organizations to mobilize youth in addressing York County's needs.

The Volunteer Center Coordinator works closely with the newly established Get Connected database to help develop and facilitate processes for reaching out to and educating youth about the importance of volunteerism and civic engagement.The Volunteer Center Coordinator conducts presentations at middle and high schools, as well as various other youth groups throughout York County. The presentation focuses on the importance of volunteering and how to find available opportunities. Presentations can be made to classrooms or larger groups of youth. Information tables can also be arranged.


Pictured (right): Youth volunteers at Leg Up Farm's 2012 Global Youth Service Day project


Annual Volunteer Events for Youth

Annual volunteer events specifically for youth are planned throughout the year:


  January:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

  April:  Global Youth Service Day

  June: Day of Action

  August: National Night Out


 Pictured (L): Artwork created for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2013



For more information about youth volunteer opportunites, please contact Zachary Reynolds, Volunteer Center Coordinator at (717) 771-3812.