Global Youth Service Days Lebanon
 April 15-17, 2011

Guidelines for Participation of Schools and Youth Groups in GYSD Lebanon

1)      Dates of Service: Service projects must take place during the three days of Global Youth Service Days. They may take place totally within those three days, or they may begin, end, or be part of a larger project that the youth are engaged in. In all cases, GYSD must be recognized during the service event. Just as Mother’s Day is celebrated only one day each year, but children should honor their mothers all year long – GYSD is only three days long, but is a campaign to motivate youth to volunteer throughout the year.

2)      All youth (5-25 years old): We encourage every class and club in every school and university in Lebanon, as well as every youth group (every branch of Scouts, Murshidat, Leo, Rotaract, etc.) to do a service project during Global Youth Service Days.

3)      Expanding the circle of service: We invite older and more experienced youth groups/classes to double the impact of their involvement in GYSD by inviting younger youths to participate with them in a project. And we invite the most experienced youth groups to help other youth (individuals or groups) who have not participated yet in service projects to do a service project this year, providing them with the guidance they need throughout the process of planning, implementation, and reporting.

4)      Crossing social barriers: Groups are encouraged, but not required, to do their project in a different region of the country (muhafazat) and do the project for and with people who are different from the youth in some socially significant way (such as age, ability, nationality, or religious sect).

5)   Youth empowerment: Adult leaders and youths should select and plan their project together—giving as much choice and responsibility to the youth participants as possible. (See “How to Plan and Implement a Project” in this booklet).

6)      Project ideas: We encourage participating groups to review the “Ideas for Service Projects” at the end of this booklet before they decide on their project. 

7)      Pre-project form: Groups should submit the GYSD Pre-Project Information Form to AVS as early as possible – check the deadline on the form.  This will help AVS provide full media coverage for all GYSD activities and prepare certificates of participation for each project. If a group has more than one project, it should fill one form for each project, so that AVS can recognize all of them and can prepare a certificate for each project.

8)      Post-project form: Within a week after the project, groups should email or fax the post-project information form to AVS (by e-mail or fax) with information about what actually happened. One post-project form per project.

9)   Poster: Groups should submit to AVS a poster about the project at least a week before the May recognition event (one poster per project). The poster should be 50 cm high x 70 cm wide, and should include:

  • Name of project – we encourage project names that identify what the project is in a creative way.
  • Name of the youth group or school class doing the project
  • A list of the youth and their leaders who actually participated in planning and/or implementation of the project
  • The organization, group or location that is the beneficiary of the service
  • A brief description of the project
  • Pictures: The poster should include one group picture, 3-10 pictures of the youth actually doing the project, not posing for pictures.
  • Include picture proof that GYSD was featured in the actual event – the GYSD poster showing prominently in one of the pictures, or the GYSD logo on a project banner.
  • A map of Lebanon showing where the group is from AND where the project took place.
  • A list of people who should be thanked – specialists, donors, others that made the project possible.

Why is a poster important?

1)      Reflection: The poster provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the project – what they learned, what they accomplished, who helped them, etc.

2)      Proof of quality: The poster provides some proof of the quality of the project, and assurance that certain standards were maintained.

3)      Documentation: The poster documents that the project actually took place, ideally providing before, during, and after pictures, if appropriate, to show the impact of the project.

4)      Recognition: The poster provides public recognition of the youth, their leaders, those that helped them, and the recipients of service.

5)      Inspire others: It is hoped that the poster will inspire and give ideas to others, serving as a model for future projects.

NOTE: Posters will be displayed at the Recognition Event in May, and groups can take their projects AFTER the exhibition is over to display elsewhere.


The certificates that are distributed at the recognition event are a certification that the project has met certain standards and fulfilled certain criteria. Every project that meets the following criteria will receive a certificate:

1)      Submit a fully completed pre-project information form before the project (to allow for someone from the AVS committee to visit the project)

2)      Implement the service project

3)      Submit a fully completed post-project information form within a week after the event

4)      Submit a project poster before the recognition event



Ten projects are honored at the recognition and award ceremony (usually held in May). The awards recognize those projects that best fulfill the objectives of this program. The evaluation criteria and point values for each are presented below.





Point Value

Pre-project information form submitted on time


Pre-project information form submitted online 1

Post-project information form submitted on time


Post -project information form submitted online 1

Creativity of project


Youth actively participate in project planning (Involved in most of the 14 action steps)


Project crosses social barriers (age, ability/disability, region, religion/sect, ethnicity, nationality, organizational network)


Dialogue element with those of different religion/sect, ethnicity, and/or nationality (minimum 1 hour)


Poster evaluation:


Poster submitted on time


Poster dimensions (50 cm high x 70 cm wide)


Map of Lebanon with location of group & project


Name of group


Name of beneficiaries


List of those participating - youth & adult leaders


List of those to be thanked


Group picture


Action pictures


Project picture with GYSD logo or poster


Name of project - clarity - identifies project


Name of project - creativity of name


Project description (few sentences)


Creativity and quality of poster design


Total Points Possible


Recognition Event

A recognition event is held usually within a month after GYSD. It includes an exhibition of the project posters, recognition of the youth contributions to the community, distribution of certificates, and giving awards to honor the ten best projects.

You are invited to visit the AVS office or call AVS for more information.

GYSD Lebanon
GYSD General Information
Guidelines for Participation     
GYSD Pre-Project Form (to fill in online)

GYSD Post-Project Form (to fill in online)
GYSD Pre-Project Form (to copy)
Ideas for Service Projects
GYSD Lebanon Calendar 2011

Global Youth Service Days (GYSD)
GYSD Lebanon Guidelines for Participation GYSD Post Project Information Form
GYSD General Information GYSD Pre-Project Information Form Ideas for Service Projects

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