The world’s children and teens are mobilizing for the 25th anniversary of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), April 26 to 28, 2013, when young people in more than 100 countries will participate in volunteer projects and celebration events.

Missouri Southern State University celebrates GYSD by hosting Stars of HOPE base-coating events on the campus Oval:

  • Friday, April 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. until all the stars are painted.

Stars of HOPE were brought to Joplin for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Many stars still stand in our community.  Recently, a Stars of HOPE project took stars to the 9/11 Memorial, New York and New Jersey.  The stars basecoated at the GYDS projects may end up in Hurricane Sandy affected communities; West, Texas; or Boston. 

As the largest service event in the world, GYSD recognizes the contributions that young people make to their communities 365 days a year. At least 2 million young people are expected to participate in GYSD 2013 activities.

“For 25 years, Global Youth Service Day has shone a bright light on the unique perspective, compassion and creativity that young people bring to solving real problems in their communities,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of Youth Serve America. “Global Youth Service Day is a moment for young people around the world to find their voice, take action, and start serving not as the leaders of tomorrow, but as the leaders of today.”