Global Youth Service Day (GYSD)

What is it?

Who: Organized and lead by Mrs. Chaussee. All students are invited 9-12th grade.

What: Planning for the third annual Global Youth Service Day hosted right at OHS!

Where: East Campus Boardroom.

When: First meeting November 30th during Pride. (Ask to be switched in!)

Why & How: The target of this event is to encourage younger people to participate in environmental volunteer projects. Global Youth Service Days’ main purpose is to address critical issues and change them to better the community.

      Students: Get involved in the community and give back! By designing and carrying out service projects in teams, leadership and collaboration skills are further developed which is important for being college, career, and life ready.

      Community: Through GYSD, the community can donate or actively support the event. The event has a positive impact on our society and helps raise awareness locally, state-wide, nationally, and globally.

History
"Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.  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. GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together–and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and adult mentors– to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities."  For more info: https://ysa.org/act/programs/gysd/about/

Oconomowoc started building awareness for GYSD once they discovered the amazing benefits of a community that works to bring people closer together. The project was seen as a great annual opportunity to raise awareness about global issues and take action; building our city to be stronger locally.


Past Projects of OHS

  1. Watertown Humane Society: Students organized a toy/pet drive at both high school and intermediate schools. Later on, the students delivered the supplies to the humane society and devoted their day cleaning and working with the animals to improve quality of life.

  2. The Ronald McDonald House: The students assembled snack packs for the Ronald McDonald House and volunteered for the day. Before that, the students put together a flower fundraiser for Valentines Day to support the funds necessary to purchase the food items.

  3. Local elementary schools: For the last 2 GYSD events, a group of OHS students has put their heads together and taught Spanish lessons to students at the district’s elementary schools. These drive, passionate individuals value the importance of cultural knowledge and communication. By introducing younger children to learning another language, it can bring interest and expand the children to be more open to new ideas. The group spent GYSD traveling between the elementary schools to captivate the younger minds by learning basic Spanish in an entertaining way!

  4. Shorehaven: OHS students worked closely with Shorehaven staff to produce fun, interesting activities for the residents of Shorehaven for the day.

Lasting Impact

GYSD is seen as a recurring and impacting project because it teaches students to learn the needs of their community. Students are given the support necessary to start, organize, and fund the projects. While they volunteer, they get a hands-on experience and see their work changing other people’s lives. Seeing the issues our society faces often reflects other communities around us which empowers people to take action. GYSD helps build a culture of service amount the OHS community; highlighting the importance of being active in volunteering and obtaining and maintaining interconnectedness across the globe.