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Global Youth Service Day, otherwise known as GYSD, is coming up this month from April 29 to May 1! It's the largest youth service and civic action event in the world and the only one that celebrates and builds the capacity of all youth ages 5 to 25 to help our communities thrive by working together for the common good. 
In 2018, Kamila Churukova '16 led activities to renovate a home for elderly people in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In total, 15 students and 30 local residents painted interior rooms, outside benches, and planted black currants.  

Learn more about their project in this video by Anastasiia Lisogorova '16!

GYSD Webinar:
Developing Partnerships

Date: Thursday, April 14

Time: 9 AM ET

Alumni are encouraged to attend this webinar to learn about implementing GYSD projects by developing local partnerships and connecting with other stakeholders in their respective communities, with the ultimate goal of maximizing the impact and sustainability of their service projects. 
The GYSD webinar on developing partnerships will feature an expert guest speaker from UNESCO and three YES alumni with experience in developing partnerships for community projects. Following the panelists' presentations, attendees will have the chance to ask questions. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be available at the event. 
Travel and Professional Development Grants
Apply for funding to pursue professional development opportunities, including attendance at and travel to conferences.  

Individual grant applicants who demonstrate readiness to share their experience with others in their community upon the completion of the professional development event or conference will be given preference. 

Application opens Friday, April 15.
How to Promote Your #GYSD22 Event
Watch Aneta Goranovic's presentation on "Marketing for Social Projects" to prepare the promotion plan for your GYSD project. Aneta shares the step-by-step actions to take when planning a project and its promotional and long-term results. 
Three alumni will travel to Washington, D.C. to mentor students in April for Civic Education Week. The weeklong event offers 75 current FLEX students a closer look at how American civil society functions. Students participate in workshops about First Amendment rights, grassroots volunteer efforts, foreign policy, and more. 
Ana Janosev '09
Aizhan Kapysheva '10
Andreea Pasare '17
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The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program is a United States Department of State-sponsored program for secondary school students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. The program provides merit-based scholarships for students to travel to the United States, live with a host family, and attend a U.S. high school for a full academic year. Learn more at
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