Last month, thousands of young people around the world once again came together in the spirit of helping others during Global Youth Service Day. With the tagline “Your Story Starts Today,” Youth Service America encouraged young people to see the power that they have right now and make a difference. Groups of Aspect exchange students around the U.S. started telling their stories by participating in diverse service projects, donating bags filled with goodies and resources to groups in need in their host communities. Today, we want to recognize and give a big thank you to everyone who participated and continues to tell their story, share their gifts and make the world a better place.
Homeless Backpacks is a non-profit 501c3 corporation committed to ending homelessness, by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, go on to graduate and become contributing citizens.
The Community Table’s mission is to serve balanced, nutritious meals in a safe, welcoming environment and to connect those in need with existing resources.
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.
SoupMobile is a ‘mobile’ soup kitchen and a faith-based 501 c(3) non-profit charity that ‘Feeds & Shelters’ the homeless in Texas.
“This Saturday I volunteered at the Sinclair Beach clean-up in Washington. This community is truly amazing and I am so happy I had the opportunity to be a part of it, they organized this clean-up event and I was surprised by how many people showed up to help. We walked along the beach and picked up things that shouldn’t be there. I think our earth deserves that, we struggle a lot with littering and we did not just help pick the garbage up and throw it where it belongs but also raise awareness about how dangerous littering is to our environment. ” – Lisa from Kosovo
“We presented at an assembly for a local elementary school. It was so much fun! The students spoke in their native languages and we had kids guess what country they were from. The students then told about their country and things they like or found very different here. At the end we opened it up for questions and were amazed at the questions the littlest people asked. When we finished, the students each gave the Principal an Aspect bag filled with eggs for their Easter Egg Hunt at the end of the week. When we left we were invited back next month to do a full day of international games! I wish every day could be this fun!” – Adele, Coordinator in Utah
Thank you again to everyone who participated in Global Youth Service Day, and to all our other Aspect Foundation students who have volunteered their time throughout the year!
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