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Empowering Youth through Literacy

August 23, 2012

The United States Senate Youth Alumni Association is proud to announce the theme for its first-ever National Day of Service on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Our theme, Empowering Youth through Literacy, challenges all USSYAA members to make a direct impact on the youth in their communities through this individually-organized event.

Where do I sign up?

Rather than partnering with a single organization, the United States Senate Youth Alumni Association is encouraging its members to focus on organizations in their communities that can benefit most from our involvement. This may be as close as your local community center or library. However, the catch is that it's up to you to find a volunteer opportunity.

How do I find these opportunities?

Colleges and universities frequently interact with numerous literacy organizations in their regions. We recommend contacting the office of the coordinator for K–12 education within your local college or university's school of education. Specifically, ask if there are any reputable programs in your area that have a need for "plug and play" volunteers that are willing to devote part of their day to a literacy event.

I'm not available on September 15, or there are no opportunities available on that day. How can I participate?

More important than participating on a single day is the idea of giving back to your community. If September 15 isn't the best day for you, we suggest planning a day in the week immediately prior to or following September 15.

Is there anything else I should do?

If you uncover a large need for volunteers, please post that information in our Facebook or LinkedIn groups. Alternatively, you can e-mail the information to our Alumni Programs Director, (MA 1985), and we will include the information in a future update.

After you have completed your Day of Service, we ask that you complete a brief survey so that we can gauge the effectiveness of the event and make plans for future events. We understand this first event is challenging; however, we are confident that the combined efforts of many alumni this year will help to make future events easier and more successful in future years.


David Zavadsky (WI 1990)
Communications Director and Past President
United States Senate Youth Alumni Association