El Paso Youth Lead Community Change on Global Youth Service Day


El Paso, TX (April 13, 2016) -On April 14 and 15, United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) with its partners will host three large-scale service events that engage high school students in volunteerism while emphasizing healthy eating and active living to elementary and middle school students. The young people join millions of others around the globe who are celebrating Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) during the weekend of April 15, 16, and 17.


Through collaborations with El Paso, Canutillo and Ysleta Independent School Districts, UWEPC will celebrate GYSD with more than 520 students at North Star Elementary, Alderete Middle School and Canutillo Middle School. The students will smoothie bike, garden, play photosynthesis tag, dance and watch culinary demonstrations. UTEP Kinesiology, Canutillo High School Dance Team, Velo Paso and the Office of Resilience and Sustainability will lead the activities with the help of youth volunteers.


Thanks to a $2,000 grant from Youth Service America, GYSD has provided UWEPC the opportunity to mobilize youth (ages 5-25) to identify and address the needs of their communities through service and learning, support youth on a lifelong path of service and civic engagement, and educate the public, the media, and the policymakers about the year-round contributions of young people as community leaders.


Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. GYSD is celebrated in more than 135 countries with youth-led service projects and community events.




North Star Elementary | Cafeteria | Thurs., April 14 at 3:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 

Alderete Middle School | Gym | Fri., April 15 at 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Canutillo Middle School | Gym | Fri., April 15 at 12:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Elizabeth Gamez, Marketing and Communications Manager - United Way of El Paso County at 533-2434, ext. 222, c: 276 7811




About The United Way of El Paso County

The United Way of El Paso County is an independent, locally governed and community-supported nonprofit agency that is focused on identifying and making a measurable change in three areas--Education, Basic Needs, and Income--through funding, advocacy, creating collaborative partnerships, and developing volunteer resources. The organization, which has been in El Paso for 90 years, focuses on creating long-term, lasting change to make El Paso a better community for everyone. United Way also serves as the manager/fiscal agent for the city, county, state and federal employee campaigns.