Thursday, February 10, 2011

YSA Grants Support GYSD Projects Addressing Childhood Hunger, Environment

YSA (Youth Service America) is currently accepting applications for 3 grant programs supporting Global Youth Service Day projects, including:

Sodexo Lead Organizer Grants (Deadline: February 10)
$2,000 grants for organizations in the United States to mobilize at least 500 youth volunteers and 10 community partners to address childhood hunger, beginning on GYSD.

Sodexo Youth Grants (Deadline: February 25)
$500 grants for youth-led projects in the United States addressing childhood hunger in their communities on GYSD

Disney Friends for Change Grants (Deadline: March 10)
$500 grants for youth-led projects around the world to help the environment on GYSD.

Please consider applying, or sending this information to others you know who might be interested. More information is below, or visit

More Information About Current YSA Grant Opportunities

Sodexo Lead Organizer Grants (Deadline: February 10)

YSA is accepting applications from organizations across the United States to serve as 2011 Sodexo Lead Organizers, supported by a $2,000 planning grant from YSA and the Sodexo Foundation. Sodexo Lead Organizers will work with partner organizations to engage at least 500 youth volunteers in learning about and addressing the issue of childhood hunger in their communities, beginning on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) (April 15-17), and continuing through Hunger Action Month (September) and Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 14-20). Sodexo Lead Organizers will also build new partnerships in their community and increase public awareness about the issue of hunger and young people's role in solving the problem. Applications are due by midnight on Friday, February 10. Learn more at

Sodexo Youth Grants (Deadline: February 25)

Over 17 million children in the United States live at risk of hunger; that's 1 in 4 children who rely on free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch programs as their only guaranteed meals. YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo are calling on young people, ages 5-25, to help make sure your peers don't have to worry about where their next meal will come from, and can instead focus on learning and leading healthy and productive lives. YSA will award 100 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects that address the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 15-17, 2011.) We're looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community. Applications are due February 25. Learn more at

Disney Friends for Change Grants (Deadline: March 10)

YSA (Youth Service America), together with Disney, is now accepting applications from youth around the world for the Disney Friends for Change Grants. The grant funds youth-led service projects that focus on making environmentally friendly changes and engage youth on Global Youth Service Day, April 15-17. The Disney Friends for Change program will award 50 $500 grants to youth-led service projects around the world that demonstrate youth leadership, creativity, and the commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. Applicants must be between the ages of 5-25 and be associated with a school or organization. Applications are due March 10. Learn more at

Friday, January 14, 2011

Service-Learning Grants

NEA Youth Leaders for Literacy Grants (Deadline Extended: January 16)
The National Education Association (NEA) is partnering with Youth Service America to offer Youth Leaders for Literacy grants to support service-learning projects focused on increasing young people's interest in reading and improving literacy in schools and communities. Youth Leaders for Literacy will award 30 young people from across the U.S. with $500 grants. Successful projects will be youth-led and address an established literacy need in the applicant's school or community. The projects will launch on NEA's Read Across America Day on March 2nd and culminate on Global Youth Service Day, April 15-17. All 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply. Youth ages 5-25 are welcome to apply along with an adult ally. The application deadline is midnight January 16, 2011. Access the application at: 

Special Olympics Get Into It Grants (Deadline Extended: January 26)
Special Olympics is partnering with Youth Service America to offer Get Into It grants that bring together students of all abilities to fight childhood obesity in their schools and communities through service-learning projects developed using the Get Into It curriculum. The program will award approximately 40-80 grants of $500 or $1,000 to help youth create and implement local, hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity. Get Into It grant projects will launch on Spread the Word to End the Word Day (March 2, 2011) and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (April 15-17, 2011). This grant program is open to youth in schools, after-school programs, and youth development or community organizations. Applicants do not need to have a current connection to Special Olympics or the Get Into It program, but must agree to use the Special Olympics Get Into It curriculum to develop their project. The application must be completed together by a teacher or adult program leader and a unified pair of students (one with and one without an intellectual disability). All 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by midnight, January 26, 2011 To learn more about this opportunity, download the planning resources offered, and access the online application, visit  

Sodexo Hunger Grants (Details To Be Announced Later This Month)
YSA (Youth Service America), with support from the Sodexo Foundation, will offer grants to engage youth in addressing the issue of hunger in their communities through service-learning. This program will include:

· Youth grants of $500 to support Global Youth Service Day projects addressing hunger

· Organization grants of $2,000 to support community organizations mobilizing youth volunteers beginning on Global Youth Service Day through Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in November 2011 

· School grants of up to $5,000 to support teachers engaging their students in a fall Semester of Service focused on addressing hunger

YSA will begin to announce details about these grants and accept applications in January 2011. Further details will be included in the January Grants Alert and posted at

Spring & Summer Jobs in Service-Learning

Spring & Summer Job Opportunities 
Facilitating Service-Learning Programs 
for Middle & High School Students
The Civic Education Project (CEP) at Northwestern University is NOW HIRING exceptional staff for our Spring & Summer 2011 service-learning programs. CEP offers weekend, weeklong and three-week service-learning courses for outstanding middle and high school students during the spring and summer. CEP programs engage motivated students in exploring complex social issues, provide students with hands-on opportunities to examine their role in creating change, and inspire students to take action. This year, CEP will offer programs in Chicago, Baltimore, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, covering topics such as law & criminal justice, politics & urban development, education policy & school reform, public health and civic engagement.

Available Job Opportunities
We are looking for outstanding teachers from public and private schools and universities, service-learning practitioners, other education, youth development and nonprofit professionals, and graduate and undergraduate students. Instructional, residential, and administrative positions are available, ranging from two-day to seven-week sessions. Staff generally receive a cash stipend, room & board and training in service-learning and experiential education. However, the biggest payoff comes from the opportunity to work with bright, motivated students, build community with passionate, dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable experience educating young people about civic engagement and social responsibility.

How to Apply
To learn more about CEP programs and staff positions or to apply online, visit our website at:

Spring staff consideration begins NOW, and summer staff consideration begins February 1, 2011. Applications are accepted at any time but are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, so candidates are encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration. 

Apply now to join a group of people working together for a common cause -- inspiring young people to make a difference!

Civic Education Project
617 Dartmouth Place
Evanston IL 60208
Phone: 847/467-2572



Friday, November 5, 2010

General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grants (Deadline: December 15)

The General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Program is a partnership of the General Mills Foundation, the American Dietetic Association Foundation, and the President's Council on Physical Fitness. The goal of the program is to encourage U.S. communities to improve the eating and physical activity patterns of young people, ages 2-18. In 2011, the program will award 50 grants of $10,000 each to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies throughout the country that offer innovative programs to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. (All funded programs must have at least one nutrition objective and at least one physical activity objective.) Local organizations that work with children, including park districts, health departments, government agencies, Native American tribes, municipal organizations, schools, YMCAs, Boys & Girls clubs, etc., are encouraged to apply. Online applications must be submitted by December 15, 2010.

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

(Deadline: March 15, 2011 - Activities Take 3-12 Weeks to Complete)

As citizens and future stewards of our planet, today's students are in a unique position to become active agents of environmental change. Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge - Encourages students from grades K-12 to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their schools (grades K to five), community (grades six to eight) and world (grades nine to 12). The goal of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is to do more than jus­t give kids a chance to formulate an experiment and carry it out. Contestants explore an environmental problem that affects their community. As part of the challenge, students must also put together guidelines for how other communities could repeat the project, and they share those guidelines as part of th­e contest. Prizes include scholarships, savings bonds, teacher awards, school grants, adventure trips, green prize packs, and more!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Whale Tail Grants Up to $50,000


Introduction: The WHALE TAIL®   Grants Program distributes funds from sales of the WHALE TAIL®   License Plate. The grants support programs that teach California’s children and the general public to value and take action to improve the health of the state’s marine and coastal resources. Adopt-A-Beach programs, as well as other beach maintenance and coastal habitat restoration projects that have an educational component, are also eligible for these grants. This grants program focuses on reaching communities that are currently poorly served in terms of marine and coastal education.

Available Funding: A total of $226,000 will be distributed. Applicants may request any amount up to $50,000, and 25-50% of the funding will be allocated in small grants under $10,000.

Categories of Grants: The WHALE TAIL®   Grants Program funds projects that fall into any one of the following three categories: 1) Adopt-A-Beach programs; 2) Youth programs; 3) Programs for the general public.

Eligibility: Applicants must be either a non-profit organization or a governmental entity. For beach operation and maintenance projects, the applicant must be a non-profit organization or local governmental agency. For proposals in the Adopt-A-Beach category, both current and new Adopt-A-Beach managers are eligible to apply.

Deadline is November 1, 2010


Some clever proposals that were funded last year:


More information at:



Friday, September 17, 2010

FW: Presidio Trust Job Announcement - Fort Scott Project Coordinator - Please spread the word

Dear Friends,


I am very pleased to announce that the Presidio Trust is hiring a Project Coordinator to help with the Fort Scott project.  As you know, we are continuing to explore the redevelopment of Fort Scott as a place dedicated to national service and leadership.  The new hire will be an integral part of our small team, assisting with all aspects of the project - from constituency development and planning to logistics and communications.  


Information about the position and application process can be found under "Project Coordinator" at:


If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks for helping to spread the word!


Take care,  


Joshua Steinberger


Project Manager – Fort Scott Reuse

Presidio Trust




Grants for Youth! Kids Care grants due Sept 27th online




Only one application per youth or youth group.

Youth must be 18 years of age or younger on September 27th, 2010 to qualify.

Youth receiving a generationOn Kids Care Week mini-grant must partner with a registered 501(c)3 (school, non-profit, community group) to develop a project that addresses community needs. Awards will be made payable to partnering 501(c)3 organizations.

Individual youth, classrooms, clubs and groups can apply for the mini-grants.  Take these simple steps to go the extra mile:

  1. Check out the Kids Care Week Fact Sheets on the honorees to learn more about their social issues and how you can help today. To access fact sheets visit and use limited time log-in: Makeyourmark and password: kidscare.
  2. Think about your passion, your community and the world and develop a service project that tackles one of the honoree's social issues.
  3. Apply for a mini-grant to fund your project at:


Grant applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on September 27, 2010.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.  Grant recipients will be notified by October 1, 2010.  Please email questions regarding the grant to or call us toll free at 1-866-269-0510.




generationOn is a global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids to make their mark on the world.  During Kids Care Week 2010, October 17th to the 23rd, we are asking young people to "make your mark on the world: go the extra mile."


To inspire youth to make their mark on the world, we are connecting Kids Care Week 2010 projects to The Extra Mile – Points of Light Volunteer Pathway. This national monument in Washington, DC is dedicated to the spirit of service and honors heroes of our Nation's service movement from founders of major service organizations to civil rights leaders.

Thanks to our partnership with Hasbro Children's Fund, in celebration of Kids Care Week 2010, generationOn will award mini-grants in the amount of $250, to support service projects that are related to the social issues the Extra Mile Honorees addressed.  Issues include:

Aging &the Elderly                  Animals                               Civil Rights                         Disabilities

Disaster Relief                          Economy                             Education                            Environment

Health & Health Care             Homelessness                  Human Rights                    Hunger

Immigration                               Peace                                    Poverty                                Unemployment



About generationOn

Newly created within the Points of Light Institute, generationOn brings the nation's leading youth service organizations and programs under one umbrella including New York-based Children for Children, The League, Learning to Give and Points of Light's KidsCare Clubs, HandsOn Schools and HandsOn Network's youth-driven programs. With service learning and volunteer action at its co re, generationOn mobilizes the energy, ingenuity and compassion of young people, starting at an early age, to discover their power and potential to solve real world problems through service.


About Kids Care Week

Kids Care Week, presented by generationOn and celebrated the third week of October, recognizes the power of kids to help others in their community and the world. During the week, young people focus their compassion on a specific social issue through a service project. Kids Care Week culminates on Make a Difference Day, a national day of doing good sponsored by USA Weekend and held in partnership with HandsOn Network. 



Rebecca Kraus

Manager of Youth Leadership and Family Engagement

Children for Children | generationOn



About Me

The CalServe Network posts news and updates of interest to the service-learning field in California. News and updates are drawn from the CalServe List Serve and the National K-12 Service-Learning List Serve and various other sources.