READING, PA (April 8, 2019) – Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading will host Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), a Youth Service America international event, on April 14 in City Park.

Now in its 31st year, GYSD is the largest and longest-running youth service event in the world and is dedicated to celebrating the contributions that young people make to their communities year-round.

On Sunday, April 14, volunteers of all ages will participate in service projects throughout City Park, 11th and Washington Streets, from 1-3 p.m. The event will culminate in a celebration of youth service with food, games, music, and youth recognition awards from 3-4 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading has partnered with Reading Public Works Department, Berks County Monument Preservation Fund, and Reading Beautification, Inc. for the fourth consecutive year to organize service projects in City Park including: general park clean-up, flower planting, mulching, park beautification, and painting.

The event will engage approximately 200 volunteers and will be supported by various organizations, groups, and school districts. Select Berks County students will be recognized for their service hours in the community through Youth Volunteer Corps over the past year.

“Our youth make such an impact on our community throughout the year, so it’s exciting seeing them serve as part of this global movement,” said Lindsay Sites, program director of Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading. “Youth can make such a difference in their communities when they serve together.”

To register or for more information, email

2018 Global Youth Service Day in Reading, Pa.

2018 Global Youth Service Day in Reading, Pa.

2018 Global Youth Service Day in Reading, Pa.
Global Youth Service Day in Reading, Pa.
Global Youth Service Day


VOiCEup Berks, a fund of Berks County Community Foundation and an affiliate of Youth Volunteer Corps, is a local organization dedicated to connecting all sectors of Berks County to volunteer opportunities through service learning. Formed in 2015, VOiCEup is the collaborative effort of a group of experienced volunteers who are committed to the power of service. As an affiliate of Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC), VOiCEup engages youth ages 11-18 in meaningful community service. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) will serve as one of the YVC Days of Service that is offered to local youth.

GYSD, a project of Youth Service America, is the largest youth service event in the world. It is celebrated each year in 135 countries with young people working together to address critical issues and to improve their communities. VOiCEup Berks is leading the Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading’s GYSD efforts in Berks County and engaging 200+ youth in service on April 14.