Each year, #YALIServes works to build upon the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela worked tirelessly to strengthen his community, his country, Africa, and the world. This year, we are calling on you to do the same.

In honor of Nelson Mandela’s birthday this year, #YALIServes is encouraging all members of the YALI Network to volunteer throughout the week of July 18th.

These acts of volunteerism will benefit not only you, but the community around you. By giving goods, services, and time at no cost to those around you, you are strengthening your community and empowering yourself as a leader.

By joining #YALIServes, you are joining together with leaders across all of Africa to inspire and lead change through volunteerism in your communities. Whether it’s by planting a tree or painting a school, you can make a difference in your community today. No act is too small.


Pledge To Make A Difference

Decide to make a difference today! Take the pledge to organize or take part in a #YALIServes event. Once you pledge, you will receive a Facebook Frame to share on social media. Share it using the hashtag #YALIServes to help connect with other members!


Learn About Volunteering

Take the courses below to learn more about the importance of volunteering and how to start planning an event. After you finish the courses, watch the video vignettes to learn about the benefits of volunteering for you and your community. 

Course: Community Organizing For Action

Learn how to inspire and engage volunteers to be proactive in their communities and organize grassroots campaigns.

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Course: Servant Leadership - The Deciding Difference

Become versed in the origins and principles of servant leadership, including a comparative review of other key leadership styles, the benefits and criticisms of servant leadership, and how to become a servant leader yourself.

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Video Vignettes: The Joy of Volunteering

In this five-part video series, Mimshach Obioha, a 2016 Washington Fellow, and Celestina Obiekea, a YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa–Accra Participant, talk about what volunteering is and how being a volunteer benefits you and your community.

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Are You Ready To Start Organizing?

Once you have completed the #YALIServes courses, use the toolkit below to get started planning your event.

Register Your #YALIServes Event

Have you already planned your #YALIServes Event? Register your event with us to receive a custom flyer to help advertise your event throughout your community!

Share Your Service

Download and share these graphics on social media using #YALIServes. You can also download and print the #YALIServes t-shirt design for shirts to use for your event.

Share the #YALIServes quote graphic on your social media pages! Click this preview image to download.

Share the #YALIServes quote graphic on your social media pages! Click this preview image to download.

Share the #YALIServes graphic on your social media pages! Click this preview image to download.

Click this link to download the printable file: https://staticyali.state.gov/uploads/2019/05/DownloadServesShirt.pdf

Read More About #YALIServes on the YALI Network Blog

Read stories from past #YALIServes participants, find tips, and learn more about the importance of volunteering on the YALI Network Blog.

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