G.O.Y.A.: Galvanizing & Organizing Youth Activism at Rutgers University
& The Global Literacy Project, Inc.

Past Volunteers!

walkathon coordinators

Detailed Information: The G.O.Y.A. Project at Rutgers University

-Taking Responsibility, Taking Action-

Walk for Literacy Poster

Start: Plaza in front of the Douglass Campus Center
End: Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus
(Douglass Campus Center is in the corner of Nichol Avenue and George Street--A parking deck is also located next to the Douglass Campus Center for your convenience! [DIRECTIONS])

This year the walkathon continues to focus on the goal of assisting communities locally and globally.:

  • Locally: We plan to provide books and other literacy materials for children participating in our “Take Reading Home” pilot in nursery and kindergarten classrooms throughout New Brunswick, New Jersey and our poetry reading programs.
  • Globally: Supporting Global Literacy Project programs for displaced children in Haiti.
  • Globally: Humanitarian supplies for West African regions impacted by the Ebola epidemic (working with the African Health Network).

Donate Now On-Line


Celebrate "TEEN READ WEEK," October 13–19

Remember, the week after the walkathon it's "Teen Read Week," October 14-20 (an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association).

The potential for making a difference does not simply end with the completion of the walkathon or "Teen Read Week." Anyone interested supporting children's education and literacy in general can come out to support the Global Literacy Project's "Make A Difference Day" program (every fourth Saturday of October) volunteering as part of the nationwide "Make A Difference Day" activities.



  1. Email us to let us know you’re participating!: goyaproject@gmail.com, or just visit the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1495530150718578/
  2. AFTER registering by email download a Walk_for_Literacy_and_Health_2014-brochure to collect donations. Set a goal for yourself and get your friends, family, and co-workers involved.
  3. Individuals/Teams. Fill out you pledge forms and collect your donations before the walkathon.
  4. Turn in your pledge sheet(s) and money collected on the day of the walkathon  between 10:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Give-aways. Depending on sponsorship participants in the walkathon will be eligible to receive surprise give-aways. Plus, there will be recognition for:

  • Individual with the Most Sponsors
  • Individual/Team Raising the Most Money

Wear sensible shoes and dress for the weather!
The walkathon goes on, rain or shine.

  • 10:30–11:30 a.m.-Registration
  • 11:30 a.m. -Kick-off speeches and then begin walk
  • 1 p.m.-Walk culminates at Brower Commons, CAC

Donate Now On-Line

We Have Suggestions for Corporate Support:


At this level ($50) one is entitled to:

  • Company name in event brochure

Bronze Supporter

At this level ($100) one is entitled to:

  1. Acknowledgement at the event
  2. A written acknowledgment of your help and participation
Silver Supporter

At this level ($200) one is entitled to:

  1. An acknowledgement by name on the postcard
  2. Your name in one color on the the tee-shirts
  3. A table set up at the event to distribute information
  4. Inclusion of your promotional material and items
  5. Logo and name on the "Walk for Literacy" Web Site as a supporter

Gold Supporter

At this level ($250+) one is entitled to:

  1. All above benefits plus a framed acknowledgement of your participation
  2. Presentation of a Sponsorship Certificate at the event as an acknowledgement
  3. A link on our "Walk for Literacy" Walkathon web page to your web site
  4. A larger logo on the walk-a-thon's tee shirt

The Fourth Saturday of October is:

"Make A Difference Day"


Look out for more information about volunteering in the local community!

What is "Make A Difference Day"?
“Make A Difference Day” is the most encompassing national day of helping others—a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, “Make A Difference Day” is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

2010 "Walk for Literacy" Raises Funds for Elementary Classrooms Locally and Globally

Read the story | See the pictures | Check us out on Facebook!


Supporters Brave Weather to Celebrate 2009 “Walk for Literacy”

walk for literacy kickoff 2009

GOYA Meeting Minutes Global Learning Expedition to South Africa 2007 walkathon report 2007 Make A Difference Day 2008 walkathon 2008 Make A Difference Day