About the Global Initiative for Youth Service






The Global Initiative for Youth Service is jointly led and managed by Youth Service America and the IAYG organizational family, two of the world’s leading institutions educating and empowering young people to lead.

About Youth Service America

In more than 135 nations, and most notably through Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), YSA leads the youth service movement.

Youth Service America (YSA) is a leading global nonprofit that activates young people, ages 5-25, to #LeadASAP by finding their voice, taking action, and making an impact on vital community issues. Youth #LeadASAP through Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy (ASAP) projects. Research shows that youth who engage in quality, youth-led projects develop the 21st Century Skills they need to be successful in school, work, and life. YSA activates, funds, trains, and recognizes young people and their adult partners. YSA’s signature campaign, Global Youth Service Day, is the only annual event dedicated exclusively to recognizing and inspiring the contributions that youth make year-round. Our vision is a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. For more information, visit YSA.org.

About the IAYG family

The institutions of the IAYG family work across the world to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn and lead.

As one of the world’s leading humanitarian institutions, the IAYG organizational family educates and empowers young people to transform their world. The organizations of the IAYG family – which include the IAYG itself, the Global Geography Curriculum Development Programme, Coalition for Youth Community Leadership (CYCLE), World Clubs for Peace, and other affiliated local and international institutions – work all across the world to advance opportunity for young people. From our foundational work in geographic & global education, to efforts that launch innovative youth-driven initiatives worldwide, to organizations that engage young people in peacebuilding to heal some of the world’s most fractured societies, the efforts of the IAYG family are diverse but united by one goal: ensuring that every child on earth has the opportunity to learn and lead, to the benefit of stronger societies and a better world. Learn more at younggeographers.org.