Projects in Action

Don't just talk about it — take action! Youth and adults can take part in meaningful projects, both on site and around the D.C. area. Anyone can participate, and youth are especially encouraged to take part in these hands-on projects. On-site projects will be located throughout the Washington Marriott Wardman Park and Exhibit Hall.

On-site Service Opportunities

You don’t have to leave the Marriott to serve!  Participate in on-site projects in the Exhibit Hall and throughout the Marriott. Or join us in the local community for site visits and projects in outstanding schools and organizations.

Below is a list of on-site opportunities. Projects will be added as they are confirmed.

You Great Big Beautiful Doll    
Hosted by: Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Join us to create a toy
For a little one to enjoy.
Ours dolls to Playtime Project will go
To ones whose names we do not know.
So be a doll—we’ve a lot to do
We want to see the good in you!
Join us and make a doll to go to the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. This project nurtures child development while reducing the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs in Washington D.C.

Jump to a Healthy Future
Hosted by United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, VA

Along with a healthy diet and other physical activity, jumping rope can lead to a healthy heart. Volunteer with United Way Worldwide to make colorful jump ropes out of plastic bags and pledge to incorporate this healthy and fun activity into everyday life. For every five minutes that volunteers jump rope, $5 USD will be donated to the United Way's Fun, Fly & Fit youth fitness and nutrition program.

Count the Change
Hosted by: Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Your spare coins can make a big difference to someone struggling with hunger. Bring your loose change to this onsite service project and help us create global maps of money which will be donated to local food pantries.

Knickknacks for Cats
Hosted by: Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT

Come help us make cat toys for animals in a local animal shelter. We will cut fabric into shapes, fill them with cat food and stitch them together in a labor of love for our furry friends. These purr-fect toys will entertain cats who are awaiting adoption.

The Power of Art
Hosted by: New Foundations Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

A powerful way to build community is to work together on an inspirational art project that will bring the talents and resources of conference attendees together to make a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Come work with the students of New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia, PA to create a piece of art that will bring a sense of community to a local non-profit in Washington, DC. 

Eat This, Not That
Hosted by: New Foundations Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

Do you know what's in the food that you are eating? Join the students of New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia, PA to learn more about what is in your food and help others make good choices about what they put into their bodies.

Believe in Zero: Birds of Peace
Hosted by: Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN

On the tragic day of 9-11-01 over three thousand innocents perished at the Trade Towers. That sad day and each day afterwards, over 40,000 young children around the world died of preventable disease and malnutrition. Today through UNICEF's Believe in Zero project and its partners, that number has been reduced to 20,000 each day. Join us in honoring the life-work of service of 12 year old Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima seventy years ago, who made folding 1000 paper cranes a universal symbol of peace and hope. All contributions will go to Believe in Zero.