My Kids Are Participating in Global Youth Service Day

Kids around the world will be making a difference. Read to find out how your kids can participate.

By Kristen Wright Matthews, Publisher of Macaroni Kid College Park * East Point * Morrow April 16, 2021

Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world and the only one that celebrates and builds the capacity of all youth ages 5-25 to help our communities and democracy thrive by working together for the common good. On Global Youth Service Day, we call on everyone to engage all young people and adult champions to serve, advocate, join, celebrate, or build capacity.

Days of service like Global Youth Service Day aren’t just times to serve, but also a time to reflect on, demonstrate, recognize, and celebrate the service that’s been done throughout the rest of the year. Here's how my kids are participating.

My oldest son, CJ, a global Giving Tuesday Spark leader, is the founder of Blankies 4 My Buddies is hosting a food giveaway. The event plans to feed 500 families. Tweens and teens, 11 to 18 (and adults) are invited to help load trunks on May 1. To volunteer, please send an email to  

New to the world of youth activism, my five-year-old son Kollin received his first grant to launch a project for #GYSD2021. He wanted to donate toys to kids so we decided that he would have a minimum goal of 50 to donate to Parents As Teachers, a program that promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. His project, the Kind Kinder Project aims to engage the smallest activists to give to other littles, 5 and under. Donations are excepted via GoFundMe or toys can be ordered and shipped directly through. his Amazon Wish List.