Service Sparks Projects
Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! These simple and motivating service project guides provide a starting point for individuals or groups of young people looking to make a difference with their time and talent.
- Pet Toys from Recycled T-Shirts: Make comfort toys and blankets for the animals who are waiting to be adopted.
- Grow Something to Give: Grow a plant from seeds and give the plant to cheer someone's day.
- Earth Day Scavenger Hunt: Look for items in nature from a shared list, then connect with others to compare what you found and share ideas about the joy of nature.
- Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials: Make and decorate a bird feeder and enjoy the visitors from the window.
- Bee and Butterfly Garden: Create a welcome environment for bees and beneficial insects by providing water and flowering plants.
- Reduce Plastic - Drink from Reusable Water Bottles! Conduct research on the quality of water in your community or home. Tell your friends and community members to stop buying bottled water and carry a reusable water bottle.
Creative Arts Projects
- Neighborhood Ladybug Hunt: Make a game of decorating and hiding treasures for younger neighbors to find.
- Boost Happiness with Art: Lift others’ spirits with kind messages and art in windows and on sidewalks.
- Uplifting Art in the Community: Have fun making creative art from natural or recycled items. Give the art to someone to brighten their day.
- ABCs of Advocacy: Share your knowledge and ideas for action about an issue you care about through writing and illustrating an ABC book.
Civic Action Projects
- Reduce Food Waste: Examine the habits in the community or in your house and propose ways to reduce food waste.
- Advocacy Posters: Images and words together can inform and persuade to make change.
- Letter to Your Representative: Use your voice to compose letters to your state representatives advocating change for an issue of your choice.
- Equity in Your Library: Look for gaps and make a proposal to grow the diversity of the books and challenge yourself and others to learn about people and the world from different perspectives.
- Family Donation Decision: This family activity brings together passions and heart for doing good.
Communication and Advocacy
- Shout Out to Teachers: Let your teacher, coach, or group leader know you appreciate them.
- Listen with Generosity: Practice active listening that values another's experience.
- Gratitude Pen Pals: Help people look on the bright side by writing letters.
- Joy of Reading: The act of reading to someone is gift enough, and we add to the service when the book encourages us to talk about important ideas that build community.
- Spark a Giving Conversation: One conversation may spark another and spread generosity like ripples in the larger community.
- Beauty Campaign: Encourage people to define beauty as the things that make us unique, resilient, powerful, and thoughtful of others.
- Gratitude for Essential Workers: Let our essential workers know we care with kind messages of thanks and gratitude.
- Compassionate Expressions: Respond to a traumatic event or loss by sending words of encouragement and empathy to victims or survivors to let them know you care and they are not alone.
- Make and Donate Masks: Make homemade masks from materials you have at home and donate to friends, community members, and local nonprofits.
- Inequities in Education: Research different ways people have been impacted by the pandemic. Use writing to communicate an idea to make one inequity a little more fair.
- Spread Peace - Say Something: Start a movement with your friends to use their voice to spread peace, positive messages, and kindness. The world needs your voice.
- Help Neighbors with Yard Work: Volunteer your time and talent to rake, mow, weed, or plant.