2021 Global Youth Service Day Grantees
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. The ten 2021 GYSD Projects will engage Ohio youth volunteers to create or improve community assets or infrastructure. Projects are collaborative in nature and involve a broad spectrum of community participants. Additionally, the projects will incorporate an education component, so projects create long-term, sustainable change on issues and on people. All Grantees have safety procedures in place and are following recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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$17,682 in Funding
American Legion Caufield Post 434, Bloomville
75 youth will learn the importance of volunteering by clearing flower beds, replacing mulch, and beautifying the parks in Bloomville.
Boardman Glenwood Junior High School, Boardman
55 students, teachers, parents, and school staff will paint fifty exterior panels of the Glenwood Junior High School building, giving the school a much-needed makeover.
Cleveland Police Foundation, Cleveland
20 youth and 30 police officers will work together to create the “Reimagining Our Community” mural, a project aimed to bring together traditionally marginalized youth to express their views and emotional issues verbally and visually around the violence they are witnessing at the hands of police. The mural is a step toward understanding and healing.
CNE Cares, Batavia
35 youth and 15 adults will come together to launch the CNE Cares Community Garden at the CNE Elementary school. Youth will build four planter boxes, install a 60-gallon rain barrel, and paint a garden sign, picnic table, and affirmation rocks at the garden site.
Lifeline Christian Mission, Westerville
225 youth will pack 50,000 nutritious shelf-stable meals that will be distributed to the community through local churches and food pantries.
Love Zion Community Garden, Columbus
30 youth and adult volunteers will come together to build a lending book, food, and seed library in the Love Zion Community Garden. The lending library will provide free garden seeds, books, and food pantry items for the surrounding community.
Watch Me Grow Ohio, Portsmouth
25 youth and adult volunteers will prepare the community Fellowship Garden for the growing season by clearing debris, stripping sod, tilling land, testing soil, prepping grow space, constructing raised beds, and transplanting vegetable plants.
Wave Pool, Cincinnati
20 youth will improve the Camp Washington community garden by creating rainbow-shaped trellises, a mushroom shaped and painted rain barrel collection watering system, better signage, and an outdoor classroom/gathering space for the community.
Wings of Hope, Recovery Services, Portsmouth
70 youth and adult volunteers will repair and beautify the Peace Park in Portsmouth by creating decorative planters for the herb garden, planting new flowers and shrubs, spreading mulch, building benches, and adding stones, boulders, and plants around the waterfall. The project will bring together a diverse group of youth and adults and will provide a space for serenity and peace.
YMCA of Findlay, Findlay
20 youth enrolled in the YMCA’s afterschool program and 10 University of Findlay students will repurpose space at the Child Development Center and create a community garden that will provide learning opportunities for youth at the YMCA and produce fresh food to share with the surrounding community.