The 25th anniversary of Global Youth Service Day took place on 26-28 April 2013.
During this time the youth are encouraged to provide a service to give back to their or any other community. Each year in April, millions of young people around the world lead and participate in service projects. Working with families, schools, community organisations, faith-based organisations, and businesses, the youth work on projects to improve communities and make a positive contribution to their community, country and the world.
It is the responsibility of the youth (and all citizens) to build better societies. With the increasing population numbers and the increasing demand on resources, societies are under pressure to change the way we live. It‘s imperative for good leadership to encourage every individual to take responsibility for their place on the planet. We need to move away from the concept of victimhood and demanding what we believe are our rights. We need to take responsibility with the knowledge that the power is in each of our hands to better our lives. By giving to another there is no doubt that you feel better about yourself. The question to ask is what kind of legacy does one want to build for future generations or what does one want to leave behind.
The following youth from the local community that African Blessings supports had the following to say about Youth Service Day:
Hlengiwe Vilanculous (Age: 10):
I think my responsibility is to move forward through my studies, so that I will be able to fight crime and abuse against women.
Thabang Masango (Age: 13):
My responsibility is to do the best I can in my studies and school and work not only for my future, but for my country’s future as well.
Amanda Machava (Age: 9)
I think my responsibility is to help women who have been raped, as well as to stop the abuse of children and women.