Friday, June 5, 2009

YSA Looking for 2010 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agencies (and other grants!)

Looking for a way to increase participation in your programs while connecting with the larger youth service movement? Apply to be a Lead Agency for Global Youth Service Day 2010 (April 23-25)! Lead Agencies are organizations across the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, or New Brunswick that increase the scope, visibility, and sustainability of Global Youth Service Day by leading city, regional, or statewide service projects and events. Past Lead Agencies have been successful in garnering national media attention, developing new partnerships, and engaging elected and public officials in their service and service-learning projects.

Lead Agencies receive a $2,000 GYSD planning grant sponsored by State Farm Companies Foundation, travel support to attend the Youth Service Institute in Washington, DC, and direct assistance from Youth Service America to ensure a successful Global Youth Service Day.

To access the application, visit

The application deadline is July 17, 2009.

If you have any questions about the Lead Agency program or the application, please contact Mike Minks at

Other Grants & Awards Available from Youth Service America:

Disney Minnie Grants (Deadline: June 15)

Youth Service America and Disney are pleased to offer the Disney Minnie Grants to fund children's efforts to improve their communities. These grants of $500 are for children (ages 5-14) or the organizations that engage them, to implement youth-led service projects that address the issues of Poverty, Hunger, Education, Environment, Global Citizenship, Sustainable Community Development, and Disaster Prevention & Relief.  Applications are accepted from all over the world.  Projects will take place in the months of September-November 2009.

Gladys Marinelli Coccia Awards (Deadline: June 15)

Youth Service America is pleased to launch the first annual Gladys Marinelli Coccia Awards to recognize two young female social entrepreneurs, ages 14 to 17, whose initiatives serve the common good. The awards of $2000 each are created in memory of Gladys Coccia, who began her entrepreneurial career when she was a young girl in West Virginia and later became a very successful businesswoman in Washington, DC.  Nominations from across the USA are welcome; special consideration will be given to nominees from West Virginia and metropolitan Washington, DC. Self-nominations are accepted.

STEMester of Service Grants (Deadline: July 15)

Contingent on federal funding, Youth Service America (YSA) will implement a program to support middle school teachers and service-learning coordinators to strengthen their classroom practices through service-learning. The grant targets students from disadvantaged circumstances in states with the highest drop out rates in the nation (Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, and Washington). STEMester of Service engages middle school youth in science and technology-focused service-learning projects that address community problems, incorporate youth voice and opportunities for reflection, are connected to educational and program standards, and demonstrate community impact. With training and preparation occurring in the fall for grantees, school programs will launch on Martin Luther King Day, January 18, 2010, and culminate on Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25, 2010.

More information and online application materials for all of these grants are available at:

Michael Minks
Manager of Outreach
Youth Service America - CFC #11577
1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 200 | Washington, DC 20005
P: 202-296-2992 ext. 125 | F: 202-296-4030 | | |

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