ABOUT YAI CAMPUS CHAPTERS:
Youth Action International’s campus chapters are for anybody between the ages of 10 and 29 who is interested in actively working to help children living in difficult circumstances. Starting or being involved in a chapter is also one of the most direct ways students can help our work.
Chapters raise awareness about the plight of the world’s children, raise money for Youth Action International’s work, and also travel to countries where we have or are thinking about establishing active projects. Through the chapters, members can play a direct role in the work we’re doing and can easily measure the results of their efforts.
By becoming involved in YAI, you will be entering a rapidly growing network of young people dedicated to change for children. At the end of 2005, there are ten YAI chapters in the United States, one in Italy, and new chapters being formed in Canada, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States.
SOME REASONS FOR STARTING A CHAPTER:
1) WE’RE DIFFERENT
Youth Action International members have the hands-on opportunities to be directly involved in an international humanitarian organization. Our members do more than write letters; they have the opportunity to actively implement change. Our campus information dissemination programs are high-impact and designed to motivate more students to become involved, our fundraisers are for specific projects, and chapters have the option of seeing exactly how their money is put to work. The most exciting opportunity for YAI members is the chance to travel and work in the field. In 2006, YAI members will have the option of traveling and working in Africa and Latin America.
2) YOU MATTER
YAI provides a unique opportunity for you to develop leadership skills, learn about the social issues around the world, and have a strong sense of confidence that your work is making a difference in the world. Money raised by YAI chapters goes directly to support global YAI endeavors. You can be sure that money you contribute is safe and you will receive updates on all of the projects.
What skills you will learn by starting and managing a YAI chapter will be valued in the workplace and throughout your life. You learn how to inspire people to work toward a common goal; teamwork is one of the most essential skills that a person can possess and YAI provides an opportunity to hone those skills while helping to improve lives around the world.