Dear friends and supporters:
YSA is known for big ideas: We believe in youth changing the world. And in 2011, we can also be known for big results. In 2011, YSA embarked upon a journey to directly engage 3.7 million young people in service by 2015. We’re off to a great start: In the first year, we met and even surpassed our benchmark goal, and granted a record- breaking $1,007,300 to support youth-led service and service-learning projects.
YSA’s real achievement, though, is measured in the youth we’ve activated, and the change brought about in their communities.
Throughout this Annual Report, you’ll see young people changing the world. With half the world’s population under the age of 25, YSA is engaged in the vital work of activating young people to be the leaders not of tomorrow, but of today.
At YSA, we do nothing alone. As we celebrate our successes, thanks are due to so many: corporate underwriters, partner organizations, parents, teachers, staff, and especially the millions of young people who power the youth service movement. Together, we are YSA.
Steven A. Culbertson President and CEO
The YSA Model
YSA works to: ACTIVATE
youth around issues that matter to them through large- scale campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service™
youth-led service and service-learning programs that address issues such as childhood obesity, the environment, and childhood hunger
TRAIN youth and adults to build the capacity of schools,
communities and organizations to activate young people in problem-solving strategies
the contributions and achievements of young people, and their adult champions, who contribute to their communities
So that youth worldwide can engage in: AWARENESS
by helping their peers, adults, and communities be
informed about issues like clean neighborhoods and disaster preparedness
through actions that address real community needs, like environmental clean-up and helping the hungry
ADVOCACY raising their voices to address issues that affect them
most, like teen driving laws, access to healthy food, and environmental conservation
generating funds and resources to meet important social needs like mosquito nets, disaster relief and books for needy children
Mission: To improve communities by increasing the scale and diversity of young people, ages 5 to 25, serving in substantive roles. Vision: A global culture of engaged young people committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership, and achievement.
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