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Cradles to Crayons Designated as Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency to Organize Large-Scale Youth Leadership Campaign Across the Greater Philadelphia Region for GYSD 2017

Cradles to Crayons will serve as a 2017 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency, mobilizing young people to lead volunteer service projects that help meet community needs. The organization is a key leader of Global Youth Service Day, an international event on April 21-23, 2017 that celebrates the power of young people.

With grant funding from State Farm along with training and support from YSA (Youth Service America), Cradles to Crayons will lead high-impact, high-visibility service activities and celebration events for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). As the official organizer of GYSD in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies are a vital part of YSA’s work to create a culture where all young people have the opportunities and the support they need to find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.

Cradles to Crayons will engage at least 500 youth volunteers across the region to organize large-scale community collections and community service projects in their community on Global Youth Service Day. We are encouraging YOU to take action by engaging your community in our mission by collecting much needed children’s clothes, shoes, books, and new school supplies to help serve children in need.

Now in its 29th year, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running youth service event in the world, and the only event dedicated to celebrating the contributions that young people make to their communities year-round.

“We are thrilled to partner with Cradles to Crayons and hundreds of young people in the Greater Philadelphia Region who will serve and celebrate on Global Youth Service Day,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA. “We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems, if given the opportunity. They are wired for novelty (learning new things and creating new solutions), risk (trying things adults might not), and peer authority (kids listen to other kids more than they do to adults). Today’s social and environmental problems are immense; we need youth in the Greater Philadelphia Region to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow.”

State Farm® is the U.S. Presenting Sponsor of YSA’s Global Youth Service Day campaign, and the Program Sponsor of the Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency grants.

YSA (Youth Service America) helps young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. Through international campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service; funding and grants programs; resources and training opportunities; and recognition programs, YSA helps build a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. For more information, visit

As a campaign of YSA and the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service. GYSD 2017 will be held April 21-23 in more than 100 countries on six continents. For more information, visit and

Interested in joining our Green Team? Contact Christina Weinhardt, Group Volunteer Coordinator, at 215-853-6183 or