Ayusa YES students gave back to their host communities across the country this year for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). GYSD is the “largest service event in the world that activates and celebrates the millions of children and youth who find their voice, take action, and have an impact on vital issues”. Over the year, YES students have been welcomed into their host community and now call those communities home. What better way to show their appreciation, than by getting engaged and volunteering! Many YES students have already completed over 100 hours of community service, but they are not stopping!
Check out what some of our students did!
Nada from Tunisia volunteered with her host family at Feed My Starving Children in Arizona (pictured above), which is a non-profit organization that sends hand-packaged meals to children in 70 countries around the world. While Nada and her host family were volunteering, they were package 46,656 meals, which will feed 127 children for an entire year. Nada wrote about her experience, “I am thankful for the opportunity the YES Program has given me to make a difference, whether big or small, through community service”.
Amne from Tanzania gave back to her community in Arizona by cleaning along the road near her school with a group of students. School groups are a great way for getting involved in the community and volunteering. Amne has done over 500 hours of community service and will only continue!
Ruba from Lebanon jumped at the opportunity to volunteer for GYSD. She initiated a park cleanup in her host community in Georgia. She gathered a group of her friends and cleared the park of tree branches for an upcoming event. Ruba and her friends had a great time. She has over 100 hours of service, but she will continue to serve her community because it is “an amazing experience”.