Global Youth Forum: 200 Helping Hands

Imagine the power 200  middle and high school kids from around the nation could have if they came together to explore the mission of peace through understanding. Now imagine what they could accomplish if they all worked together with one goal in mind.

GYF buses arriving at MedShare!

That’s exactly what happened on Friday, November 12th when all attendees of the Global Youth Forum volunteered at Medshare.

People to People International’s 2010 Global Youth Forum (GYF) is an annual four-day conference that brings together students aged 13-18 from around the world who are all interested in promoting international friendship and bettering the world they live in.

PTPI was founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as part of the U.S. Information Agency.  A nongovernmental organization since he left office, PTPI’s purpose is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.

GYF Volunteers in the Sort Room

As part of learning to promote peace and understanding in their own communities, GYF incorporates a volunteer service project into their schedule. This year, they chose MedShare! 200 helping hands over the course of a whole day… how lucky are we?! In fact, the organizers felt so strongly about working with MedShare that they actually chose the location of the Forum this year based on our Atlanta-area location.

GYF Volunteers in the Sort Room

The volunteers’ mission at MedShare was to prepare medical supplies to ship to developing countries by working in the warehouse, sorting, and packing. They dove right in, and accomplished an impressive amount!

I had a chance to speak with a PTPI leader and a few of this year’s GYF attendees. Watch the video to see what they had to say:

Thanks for choosing us and for all of your hard work!

To find out how to organize a time for your group to volunteer at MedShare, visit our Volunteer Page.


4 thoughts on “Global Youth Forum: 200 Helping Hands

  1. The work MedShare does is nothing short of amazing! Thank you for the experience volunteering there last week with all of the students! It meant as much to me as one of the leaders as it did to all of the students. I only wish I lived closer so I could volunteer there on a regular basis! Keep up the great work – what a difference you are all making in the world!

  2. Gr8t video…and, yes, the perfect perscription for Global Health.
    MedShare was one of the better service activities our delegates have had the opportunity to particpate in. Thanx PTPI!

  3. Hi. I’ve just seen your video. You are doing a great job. As you already know, my prize last year in Vegas was for Community Service Projects. I like this kind of activities and I’m involved in some. Good luck with your job. Adela

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