The Social Day project aims to encourage young people to be active citizens of their local community, as opposed to just recipients of services.
The aim of the project is to involve young people in social work that benefits their community (gardening, care work in retirement homes and kindergartens, babysitting, handcrafting, theatre performances, activities in public libraries, work as city tour guides, etc.), in a single symbolic day at national level. The final objective is to foster the relationships between young people and their community, including enterprises, public institutions, associations, and local businesses. The participants will receive a compensation for their activities directly from the hosting entities. The total amount of these contributions will be allocated to cooperation projects at the participants’ choice, both at the national and international level.
The Social Day project (www.socialday.org) was born in Europe in the Seventies, and started in Italy in 2006. From the 250 people engaged in the first year, it reached 8.500 participants in 2016, involving 65 schools and over 2.000 firms, businesses, public institutions and volunteering associations. Nowadays, the activities in Italy take place in the Regions of Veneto (Provinces of Padua, Treviso, Verona, Vicenza, Rovigo and Venice), Trentino (Province of Trentino) and Lombardy (Provinces of Lodi and Milan), and in the Province of Pisa.