The Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union officially launched the Year of Youth Volunteers 2014 in Dien Bien Phu City Sunday.
Nguyen Manh Dung, the committee's secretary, said the top priorities for volunteering Vietnamese youths this year are upgrading rural infrastructure and improving urban society.
The Central Committee planned to mobilize various resources to build 1,000 boarding houses for students in remote areas, 200 bridges and flood-proof houses in the central region, he said.
It encouraged youth unions in cities and provinces to organize volunteer activities for youngsters, especially those that provide public works at far and remote islands across the country, including Bach Long Vi in Hai Phong, Tran in Quang Ninh, Hon Chuoi in Ca Mau, Tho Chu in Kien Giang and Con Co in Quang Tri.
According to the Year of Youth Volunteers 2014 project, each youth union should plan and implement at least on activity or a public work before the end of the year.
After a ceremony to launch the program, a number of youth unions registered to financially support the building of boarding houses, provide scholarships for needy children and hold blood donations and other activities.
The same day, representatives from the Central Committee visited a border guard station in the central province of Quang Tri.