Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Youth Volunteerism Grants Available

Are you part of the next generation of leaders who are making a difference in your community? Is your strong desire to do good igniting a fire in your heart? To paraphrase Gandhi, YOU can be the change you want to see in the world.

Summer is a great time to ramp up your plans, and here are some terrific grant opportunities that can help you grow an existing program or start a new one. These funders understand that today’s young people can develop, inspire and lead through service to their community.

Disney Friends for Change Grants

Disney's Friends for Change grants encourage kids everywhere to take steps together with their friends to help the planet. YSA will award 75 $500 grants to youth-led service initiatives around the world that demonstrate youth leadership and the commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. Applicants will be asked to implement their projects between September and November and to connect their projects to International Coastal Cleanup Day, National Public Lands Day (both September 25), or other environmentally-focused days of service.

STEMester of Service Grants

Funded by Learn and Serve America, STEMester of Service incorporates YSA's semester-long service-learning framework to engage educators and students in addressing critical environmental and disaster preparedness needs and connecting them to STEM curricula. YSA is seeking middle schools with large populations of disadvantaged youth; STEM schools must be located in one of the 19 states with highest dropout rates: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wyoming. The $5,000 grant (that includes travel and training at YSA's Youth Service Institute in Detroit in October) supports teachers as they guide students in addressing local needs by implementing sustainable service projects.

Global Youth Service Day U.S. Lead Agency Grants

Lead Agencies are local, regional, or statewide organizations across the United States, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, or New Brunswick that increase the scale, visibility, and impact of Global Youth Service Day by leading GYSD in their city, region, or state. Lead Agencies receive a $2,000 GYSD planning grant sponsored by State Farm Companies Foundation, travel support to attend the Youth Service Institute, and ongoing training and technical assistance from Youth Service America to ensure a successful Global Youth Service Day.

*Don’t forget to take a look at the deadlines for grant requests!

For more grant opportunities or to learn more about youth volunteering visit the
Volunteer Center’s VolunTEEN page.

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