Reflection is Key

Scholars at Santa Monica College assert that critical reflection is one key component that helps students transform their service experience into real-world learning. All participating Chicago Youth Service Day groups are encouraged to take time and reflect on their service project after completion and before heading to the CYSD Rally at Grant Park Grove #4.  Click on the link to access the 2014 CYSD Service Reflection Packet, or read the instructions on the “Service Reflection” tab at the top of this page.




As you get ready for Chicago Youth Service Day, don’t forget to like the CYSD Facebook page and let us know how your progress is coming. Share photos of your group as you plan your project or prep materials, while you’re volunteering on April 26th or having fun at the CYSD Rally in Grant Park.

Just like last year, we’ll have a photobooth station at the Rally which will feed into the FB page. Take a picture with friends, tag yourself… and leave a comment on our page.

And don’t forget to use the hashtag #CYSD2014 for all your CYSD-related photos.


CYSD Rally @ Grant Park, 1-3pm

We hope you can make it to Grove #4 at Grant Park for the CYSD Rally! Student groups executing CYSD service projects are encouraged to join us from 1:00pm – 3:00pm for a family-friendly CYSD Rally. We’ll have live art, breakdancers and djs, a hip hop performance by FM Supreme, photobooth, games and more.  Come paint a peace poster or braid a peace bracelet. The Jefferson Awards will present three CYSD Service Awards, selected from registered projects. (click here for more info about registering your project and the awards).

Grove #4 in Grant Park is located at the southwest corner of E Jackson and S Columbus Dr, in the same area as the Seated Lincoln statue.

ASAS Students at Lincoln Elementary are getting ready for CYSD 2014

Students in Lincoln Elementary’s After-School All-Stars’ clubs are getting ready for CYSD, when they’ll partner with Chicago Cares to weed, mulch, plant, paint and compost at two local community gardens.  In preparation for the day students discussed personal, community and environmental benefits to community gardening.

Lincoln students also planted vegetables and flowers, then sold their plants during a school band performance. The proceeds were donated to the Lakeview Pantry and Chicago Cares.


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DATE CHANGE: CYSD 2014 to take place Saturday, April 26th

We’re excited to announce Chicago Youth Service Day (CYSD) will take place on Saturday, April 26th, 2014!  CYSD is an exciting annual opportunity for young people across the city to join together for a day of service and non-violent action.  For more information about the day, please visit the “About CYSD ” tab at the top of the webpage, or visit us on Facebook.

Check back for more information.

Congratulations to the 2013 CYSD Award Winners!

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2013 CYSD Service Awards, presented by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, in conjunction with the Jefferson Awards’ Youth Service Challenge:

Best Project by an Elementary or Middle School:

AJLA, Best CYSD-YSC Project by an Elementary or Middle School with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Chris Jensik Kindergarden – Andrew Jackson Language Academy

Best Project by a High School:

(2) John F. Kennedy High School, Best CYSD Project by a High School with Cook County Board President Preckwinkle

Kennedy Crusade – John F. Kennedy High School

Best Project by a Community Organization:

(3) Chicago Citizens for Change, MDA & ICAHV, Best CYSD Project by a Community Organization with Preckwinkle

Take Action for a Plan for Sensible Gun Laws – Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Moms Demand Action and Chicago’s Citizens for Change

Show us some love: #CYSD2013

Like us on Facebook and help us promote this year’s CYSD hashtag… #CYSD2013

If you’re you’re out doing service on May 4th, or enjoying yourself at the afternoon peace rally, let the world know!  Use #CYSD2013 in your posts and pictures, on Twitter or Instagram.

Don’t forget to find us on our brand new facebook page.  We’ll have a photo-booth app at the peace rally’s social media table, which will feed into the FB page. Take a picture with friends at the rally, tag yourself… and leave a comment on our page 🙂