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2014 Global Youth Service Day

2014 Global Youth Service Day - April 11-13

ServeNebraska is proud to be a Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency and excited to support Nebraska organizations, schools, and other not-for-profit community groups in developing and implementing service learning projects engaging Nebraska youth in service to their communities. The projects below engage Nebraska youth in service from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (January 20, 2014) to Global Youth Service Day (April 11-13, 2014).
Youth Volunteering

State Farm Supported Projects

Southeast Nebraska Community Action Agency,  Humboldt
SENCA SMART (Strategic Money and Resource Techniques) Financial Literacy program offered a 4 to 5 classroom session curriculum of Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking program focusing on money management, budgeting, and understanding credit at levels appropriate for their age groups. The SENCA SMART program also collaborated with the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension to provide a 3 hour Poverty Simulation to all participants. This was an opportunity for participants to experience and understand what it is actually like for families who live in poverty each day. Complementing these activities were educational initiatives with state legislators and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

YWCA of Adams County, Hastings
The Global Youth Service Day project recruited and mobilized volunteers through Hastings College and the Zone, the YWCA after-school program. The project created awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. According to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety 1,119 crashes related to cell phone use occurred between 2002 and 2010. Six people were killed and 484 were injured. About a third of those accidents involved teen drivers. More than 80 cell phone-related crashes were logged in the first half of 2011. Of more than 5,300 students surveyed in 72 Nebraska public high schools in late 2010 and early 2011, nearly half said they had texted or emailed while driving during the past 30 days.

Youth Service America Supported Projects

Belmont Recreation Center, Lincoln
The project will build upon students’ love of helping plant flowers, vegetables, and fruits. By engaging a gardening expert, the current garden plot will be enhanced and children will be taught how to garden from planting seedlings in a greenhouse to harvest time. Plans also include incorporating a nutrition lesson. Furthermore, students will keep journals recording their observations from a scientific lens, as well as, their experience with the garden from a personal lens.

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Omaha
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska AmeriCorps programs in cooperation with the students, faculty and staff of Liberty Elementary School will construct a garden for the benefit of the school as well as the surrounding community. The proposed garden will be employed as a learning tool, a community service project, and as a sustainable source of healthy food for the school and surrounding community

Nebraskans for Civic Reform, Lincoln
Nebraskans for Civic Reform, NeighborWorks and Dawes Middle School will work together to create a mural driven by service and conversations with the surrounding community. This effort builds on a collaborative NeighborWorks Community Leadership Institute (CLI) grant that sends Dawes students into the community to have conversations with and photograph people who attended Dawes in the past. The photography exhibit and mural will create a visual representation of the community reflecting the student’s teamwork and critical thinking

Develop Your Own Project

On October 22, 2013 ServeNebraska hosted the Service Learning: Nuts & Bolts workshop in partnership with the University of Nebraska Omaha Service Learning Academy. The resources below were shared at this workshop and may be of use in crafting your Global Youth Service Day project:

The Service Learning Cycle PDF Icon
K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice PDF Icon
Integrating Service & Learning Worksheet Word Icon
Meaningful Service: Identifying Genuine Needs PDF Icon
Introduction to Reflection PDF Icon
Reflection Toolkit PDF Icon
Reflection Questions PDF Icon
Duration & Intensity: Evidence from the Research PDF Icon
Duration & Intensity: Examples PDF Icon

Additional information on Global Youth Service Day, including project ideas and resources can be found at
Global Youth Service Day: http://gysd.org/ 
Youth Service America:www.ysa.org 
National Youth Leadership Council: www.nylc.org

For More Information Contact:
Cathleen Plager
Executive Director
402-471-6226
cathleen.plager@nebraska.gov

This opportunity is coordinated by the ServeNebraska InterCorps Council and supported by State Farm and Youth Service America.

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