Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Enter the "Be Big in Your Community" Contest! $75,000

Clifford wants to hear about your BIG ideas. The BE BIG in Your Community Contest will award $75,000 in community grants* to BIG ideas that best demonstrate Clifford's BIG Ideas which are Share, Be Kind, Help Others, Be a Good Friend, Play Fair, Have Respect, Be Truthful, Believe in Yourself, Work Together and Be Responsible.


Scholastic, HandsOn Network and American Family Insurance will work with the winners to bring their Big Ideas to life! Everyone is invited - parents, kids, teachers or community leaders - to submit their ideas now through June 30, 2010.

For contest entry forms and official rules visit www.scholastic.com/cliffordbebig/contest


Please continue to encourage your network and partners to submit applications for their Big Ideas.


BIG Awards! One (1) Grand Prize honoree, Ten (10) first place honorees and Nineteen (19) second place honorees will be selected. The grand prize entry will be honored with a $25,000 community grant, the first place honorees will each be honored with a $2,500 community grant and the second place honorees will each be honored with a $1,315.79 community grant (via HandsOn Network affiliate organizations or designees) from the BE BIG Fund to be used towards implementing the winning proposals. *

Enter Now!   


Make the Be Big Promise! 


Clifford's BE BIG Promise is a quick way for everyone to embrace Clifford's BIG Ideas and learn how small, simple actions can make the world a better place.  Write Clifford a special message on how you promise to BE BIG in 2010 and help us reach our goal of 25,000 promises by December 31, 2010.  Clifford thanks you!



School Climate Radio Webcast


Mark Your Calendar for the Next Live Radio Webcast!

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

School Climate Through Students’ Eyes

presented by

Dr. Bill Preble

  • Learn how improving school climate and respect in schools offers an effective approach to meaningful school improvement.


  • Discover how student leadership and empowerment can effectively impact school climate.


  • Find out about the USDOE and the new National School Climate Initiative.

    Dr. Bill Preble and some of his student leaders will share the work that they have been doing to improve school climate and learning. They will show the importance of inviting disengaged students to serve as school climate experts and school leaders in the SafeMeasures School Climate Improvement Process. They will also share examples of the kinds of data that schools are collecting to better understand and address school climate issues. The broadcast will conclude with effective programs and strategies that are being used to improve school climate in schools throughout the country.

    Supplementary materials and all necessary information about participating fully in this professional development opportunity are found on our Web site at www.dropoutprevention.org/webcast. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the National Dropout Prevention Center at ndpc@clemson.edu or 864-656-2580.

    Participation in this radio webcast is free and no registration is required. The program will be archived in its entirety on the Web site. On the day of the webcast, sign on early to ensure your connection. Link to the broadcast at www.dropoutprevention.org/webcast. If technical support is needed, you may call 864-656-4550 for assistance at that time.

This radio webcast is produced by the National Dropout Prevention Center in partnership with
Clemson Radio Productions and with support from Penn Foster.


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Monday, March 22, 2010

Film Your Issue 2010 Competition

Film Your Issue 2010 Competition (Deadline: April 19)

Think you have a solution to problems with the environment, economic recession, education, healthcare, human/equal rights, national security/defense, poverty, public service or technology? Film Your Issue at www.youtube.com/filmyourissue or submit it through a song at www.youtube.com/whatsyourissuemusic. The Film Your Issue competition, in its 5th year, is looking for solution-project ideas to front-burner issues from young adults 14 to 24 in a 3-minute video format, with accompanying one-sheet description. Winning solution-projects will be presented to senior officials in the Obama administration, broadcast on screens in every Best Buy store on the planet, presented at a VIP reception in Washington, DC.  Winners will be flown to Los Angeles for the Awards ceremony co-hosted by Sony Pictures Studios.  Prizes include an Apple MacBook and iPod Touches, and Sundance Film Festival 2011 Film School Pass. www.whatsyourissue.tv


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Call for Volunteers- National Service-Learning Conference

The National Service-Learning Conference in San Jose, CA March 23-27 is recruiting volunteers to help with the conference.


Some highlights of the volunteer experience:

* The chance to attend a plenary session with the Lost Boys of the Sudan on Friday, March 26

* A ticket to attend the awards celebration event on Friday, March 26 with a karaoke lounge, a dance party, lots of great food and other fun events

* A free swanky conference t-shirt

* The chance to meet youth and educators from all of the US and more than 30 different countries

* The chance to listen in on lots of great workshops on service-learning 


Here is the direct link to the volunteer sign up site.



If you have any questions about the volunteering opportunity at the conference, please let me know.


Thanks so much!


Heather Gordon

Conference and Events Associate

National Youth Leadership Council
Celebrating 25 Years of Service-Learning
PH (651) 999-7360
FX (651) 631-2955

Don't miss The 21st Annual National Service-Learning Conference March 24-27, 2010, San Jose, Cal.

Visit www.nylc.org/conference to learn more!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Service-Learning Grants

Captain Planet Foundation Grants (Deadline: March 31)

The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) annually funds projects involving children and young adults. Recipients of these awards are often schools and non-profits that propose projects promoting understanding of environmental issues. These projects must include children and young adults (aged 6-18) and focus on hands-on involvement, interaction and cooperation within the group, development of planning and problem solving skills, and adult supervision. Generally, the monetary sum of awarded grants is between $250-2,500. www.captainplanetfdn.org/grants.html 

Green America Awards (Deadline: April 1)

The Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards will be presented to groups and organizations that are making a difference in their communities. Eligible applicants include community groups who are committed to improving their local environment by planting trees, bushes, and shrubs to make their communities a better place to live. One grand prize winner will receive $2,500 in plant materials. The first place winner will receive $1,500 in plant materials, and the second place winner $1,000 in plant materials. The plant materials can contain trees, fruit trees, bushes and shrubs, perennials, and vegetable seeds. www.naturehills.com/green_america_awards.aspx

McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs Program (Deadline: April 10)
This program gives one-time funding of $12,000 to women with original ideas to create new websites, mobile news services, or other entrepreneurial initiatives that offer interactive opportunities to engage, inspire, and improve news and information in a geographic community or a community of interest. These can be solo ideas or team projects spearheaded by women. www.newmediawomen.org/site/proposal_guidelines


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Student Fast For Nonviolence

The link below highlights of the first week of the San Leandro Academy for Multi-Media's (SLAM) Fast for Non-Violence.  Students learn multi-media skills while engaging their campus in a month long anti-violence campaign.  This is the third year of this project.  Students produce anti-violence media, share campus-wide messages over the school announcements, and fast one day for non-violence and peace. 


The videos can be viewed with an updated version of Quicktime, and a little patience.  Sometimes it takes awhile for the videos to download. 


Here is a link to the Fast For Nonviolence:



The Fast for Nonviolence is the cornerstone project of the Season of Service, Period of Peace at San Leandro High School which runs from King Day to Chavez Day. Over the three years of the project, anti-violence and peace-themed service-learning projects have taken place in nearly every content area on campus.  The Season of Service, Period of Peace started with 24 students in the SLAM Academy 3 years ago and now engages over 1000 students on the campus of 3000.


If you have any questions about this project, please contact Evan Goldberg- we’d love to see this model expand across the nation!



Evan Goldberg, Coordinator

Educational Services/ Character Education & Service-Learning

Alameda County Office of Education

313 W. Winton Ave., Room 220

Hayward, CA 94544-1198

Ph:  (510) 670-4233; Cell:  (510) 385-5927

Fax:  (510) 670-4578



Monday, March 8, 2010

FW: NSLC Online Registration Extended Until March 12

Online Conference Registration Extended

Online conference registration has been extended until midnight (CST) Friday, March 12. On-site registration rates will be higher, so don't miss your chance to save.

Get a Conference Hotel Room

Do you like to be close to conference events? Want to help keep conference costs down? Book your room at one of the three conference hotels with negotiated rates in downtown San Jose. Only a few rooms remain. To reserve space, please call 800-366-6952 or email nslc@nylc.org.

Register for a Preconference Session

Held on Wednesday, March 24, preconference sessions provide opportunities to explore subject areas in-depth. Already registered for the conference but want to add a preconference session? Call 800-366-6952 or email nslc@nylc.org.

  • Service-Learning REMIX
  • Inspiring Innovative Service-Learning Trainers
  • Advancing Service-Learning — A Three-Part Event
  • The Spirituality of Service-Learning: Engaging Students in their Path to Peace
  • Making the Past Work for the Future (Off-Site Service-Learning Project)
  • Service-Learning and the Arts: Celebrating Community and Watershed Renewal (Off-Site Service-Learning Project)
  • Innovation through Collaboration: The Partners in Learning Network

Join Thousands of Young People Supporting Peace in Sudan

Whether you’re counting down the minutes to the National Service-Learning Conference only a few weeks away, or won’t be there this year, you can get involved with the Salam Project!

If you’re attending the conference, you’ll hear directly from two of the “lost boys” of Sudan as part of a keynote address on-site on Friday, March 26. But your preparation can start now. Join a growing community of teachers and students accessing a wealth of resources on the history and peace-making efforts in Sudan.

Next, visit the project in SmallWorlds and interact with hundreds of youth who have already joined in the conversation since the kick-off event Feb. 12, with a Sudanese peace activist and two youth leaders. Please join this worthwhile effort!

For information about all of the items above and all other conference details, please visit our website at www.nylc.org/conference.

We can’t wait to see you in San Jose!


Amy Meuers
Conference and Events Director


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FW: PG&E Bright Ideas Grants, $1000, $2500, $5000, and $10,000, due March 20th.

PG&E "Bright Ideas Grants" up to $10,000.  Due March 20th, 2010

Dear Educators:

The PG&E Solar Schools Program is accepting applications for Bright Ideas grants through midnight, March 20.
Participating schools must receive utility service from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
You may submit your application online at: http://www.need.org/pgesolarschools/big.htm

PG&E recognizes that public schools are facing hard economic times. This is why the company has expanded its Bright Ideas Grant Program to include new categories that will provide additional learning opportunities for students and teachers while creating energy and money saving programs for school campuses throughout northern and central California.

Who Should Apply:

Credentialed teachers, professors, instructors, principals, deans, department heads, district administrators and facilities managers may apply to receive a $1000, $2,500, $5000, or $10,000 grant to promote environmental stewardship in any of the five following categories:

Educational Solar Projects:
Successful submissions will include innovative classroom and extracurricular programs/projects that explore the science of solar energy and the generation of electricity from solar 

Youth Energy and Environmental Programs:
Successful submissions will include energy efficiency, recycling, composting, water reclamation and/or gardening programs and clubs that serve as learning and leadership opportunities for students, the faculty, and the community at large.

Renewable Energy or Science Related Field Trips:
Successful submissions will include  transportation, admission, or expenses associated with field trips that excite students about science, energy, careers in energy and the environment.

Green Your School Projects: Successful submissions will include energy efficiency upgrades, energy monitoring systems, and communication tools that will promote energy education and smart energy use at the school and in the community.

Professional Development/Service Learning Projects/ Workforce Development Programs: Successful submissions will include projects that expand the teacher’s knowledge about renewable energy, energy resources and/or the future of the energy industry. High Schools and Community colleges may consider using the funding to create programs and curriculum to address workforce development in the growing renewable and efficiency industry and service learning opportunities in the local community.

What’s available?

Schools chosen to receive a "Bright Ideas Grant"are asked to designate attendees to attend the training programs provided by the PG&E Solar Schools Program.

How do we apply?

The 2010 application is available in an Online format to submit directly to us.    Apply now for the Spring 2010 Grants - Deadline March 20.

A final report of grant activities for those receiving grants in the including photos, multi-media presentations, activities and lessons prepared for the project and documentation is due one year after the receipt of the grant.  Reports should be sent to Mary Spruill, NEED Project, 8408 Kao Circle, Manassas, Virginia 20110 via mail or via email to mspruill@need.org.

Anything else?
Create a scrapbook/portfolio of student work resulting from your project and submit to NEED Youth Awards for Energy Achievement!.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Barry Scott
Program Coordinator
The NEED Project
mobile: 209.482.5663




Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Even More Grants and Awards

1st Annual Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2010
This first annual essay contest from the Thoreau Institute of the Walden Woods Project asks students to respond to Thoreau's famous call to "live deliberately." In 500 words or fewer, students are prompted to consider what their own deliberate lives look and feel like. Essays will be judged in two age categories: 13–16 years and 17-21 years.


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GreenWorks! Service-Learning Grants Awarded

Through its service-learning program GreenWorks!, Project Learning Tree provides grants up to $5,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental projects. Students "learn by doing" through community action projects they design to improve an aspect of their neighborhood's environment. PLT recently awarded 33 GreenWorks! grants for service-learning projects in 23 states. Since 1992, PLT has distributed over $800,000 to fund nearly 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country.


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Nominate a Teacher for the 2010 Presidential Awards

Deadline May 1, 2010
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest award a K–12 math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S. The President officially names up to 108 teachers annually. Awards alternate between elementary and secondary teachers—with elementary teachers eligible in 2010—and are given to teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the outlying territories, and Department of Defense schools.


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Siemens We Can Change the World Competition

Deadline: March 15, 2010
NSTA, the Siemens Foundation, and Discovery Communications partner to conduct this sustainability education competition for students to develop innovative green solutions for their schools, homes, and communities. This competition will involve a team of students identifying, researching, and recommending a solution to an environmental problem in their community.


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Community POWER Grants

Deadline: March 15, 2010
Community POWER (Partners on Waste Education and Reduction) is a project of the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board that supports innovative, community-based approaches to waste reduction, toxicity reduction, and recycling projects. For nine years, Community POWER has educated and actively engaged over a half million residents of the six-county twin-city metro area in waste reduction by partnering with "non-environmental" organizations and schools. $168,000 is available, supporting projects up to $12,000 each.



More Grants....

California State Parks Foundation Competitive Grants Program


Information: Alisha: 9164422119 or alisha@calparks.org

Deadlines: May 1, 2010; July 1, 2010

CSPF offers competitive grants (usually ranging from $200$6,000) to benefit our State Parks System and to support the Department's mission. Qualified nonprofit groups, as well as California state park units and park agencies, are encouraged to apply. In general (and as funds permit),  CSPF grants are targeted in four main areas:

Volunteer Efforts and Recognition;

Education and Interpretation;

Natural and Cultural Resource Protection; and

Capacity Building for cooperating associations.


The Foundation also makes a number of discretionary grants each year that may fall outside the main target areas.



NEA Foundation Green Grants

Deadlines: June 1, 2010


With $150,000 in new grant funding designated for projects that integrate greenrelated topics and experiences into the classroom, the NEA Foundation is growing its Learning & Leadership and Student Achievement grants program for individuals and teams of educators. Public school educators are eligible to apply for individual grants worth up to $5,000 for the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching "green" concepts.

Monday, March 1, 2010

ATTEND a Preconference with Cathy Berger Kaye in San Jose!


Sign up for a National Service Learning Conference PRECONFERENCE with Cathryn Berger Kaye (that’s me!) Due to a speaking commitment in southeast Asia, I will only be offering this session at the conference this year and hope to see YOU!


ADVANCING SERVICE LEARNING will be highly interactive, informative, and filled with practical ideas and experiences to heighten service learning for whatever population of youth you work with – in schools or youth service organizations. Also valuable for teacher ed participants. Register at www.NYLC.org. The description follows.        


Any questions? Please email me directly at cbkaye@aol.com.

Cathryn Berger Kaye



Wednesday, March 24, 2010

P103 Advancing Service-Learning — A Three-Part Event

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Cathy Berger Kaye, CBK Associates, international consultant and author, Los Angeles

Service-learning is advancing at the speed of light! New ideas! New books! New possibilities to grow the field! Join other practitioners for a highly interactive experience exploring effective methods and strategies.


Part 1: Going Deeper with Service-Learning — This experiential process takes us through a service-learning sequence. Using the framework of climate change and global warming, you will develop essential questions, process and collaborate through an “open space” investigation, take research to new heights, conduct an “interview” with an expert, and plan for action. Take back new and practical ways to work with youth and teachers.


Part 2: Hot Off the Press — This brief segment provides a preview of 20 new books, fiction and nonfiction, that connect learning and literacy to service, and may inspire a new generation of readers.


Part 3: Coaching Colleagues — What strategies and methods capture the attention of teachers (and administrators), spark curiosity, and increase involvement? This session includes a blend of tried-and-true practices, a think tank, and time to exchange what we know and what works.


(Note: Due to her speaking schedule, this is the only workshop Cathy Berger Kaye will offer at this year’s conference.)


Cathryn's new revised The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action Second Edition (Free Spirit Publishing) will be available at the conference! Includes CD-Rom and much new information ... a valuable resource that is easy-to-use again and again and again.    


Grants & Awards

Hitachi Foundation Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs (Deadline: March 22)
The Yoshiyama Program will identify up to six entrepreneurs ages 18-29 who formed financially viable businesses that create jobs, supply goods or services, or use internal management practices enabling low-wealth individuals the opportunity to achieve greater economic security. The Foundation will provide these entrepreneurs with a cash prize up to $50,000 over two years, access to technical resources, and a peer learning community. www.hitachifoundation.org/yoshiyama
Do Something Battle of the Bands (Deadline: April 16)
March is Music In Our Schools month. DoSomething.org and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation want YOU to lead the fight to keep music education in schools. School budgets are being slashed nationwide, and music and arts programs are often the first to go. Starting March 1st, upload a video showing us your musical talent and tell us why music education matters to you. 5 Winners will get $1000 for their school music program, concert tickets, Fender guitars, and Rock Band video games. DoSomething.org and The VH1 Save the Music Foundation will present top videos to members of congress, urging them to increase support for music education. Make sure your video is registered by April 16th for a chance to win!  For full contest rules and to get started visit www.dosomething.org/bands


Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes (Deadline: April 30)
Nominate a young service-learning leader for a $2,500 Barron Prize! The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2010 awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. For more information and to nominate, visit www.barronprize.org



Grants - Awards - Contests

America's Greenest School Contest
A grant of approximately $20,000 plus a hybrid school bus and green audit by a LEED-accredited professional will be given to a K-12 school nominated by its students for efforts to make it a greener place. Deadline: March 8, 2010.

Student Essay Contest on Health Care
The topic for this year's KaiserEDU.org's Student Essay Contest for undergraduate and graduates students is on identifying the major health policy challenges still facing the U.S. in 2015. Deadline: March 8, 2010.

Home Depot Foundation’s Awards of Excellence for Sustainable Community Development
Projects that qualify for the Awards of Excellence in Sustainable Community Development program exhibit thoughtful construction of a neighborhood which includes green affordable housing and tree plantings and have gone beyond to address overarching community issues.

Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program Invites Nominations of Young Volunteers
Scholarships of up to $9,000 toward a postsecondary education will be awarded to youth between the ages of 6 and 18 whose dedication to service has made a positive impact on others and their communities. Deadline: March 15, 2010.

Arts in Education Models
These Department of Education grants support innovative, cohesive research-based arts education models. Deadline: March 16.

Jumpstart Invites Research Proposals to Measure Organization's Impact in Early Education
Three grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to programs that pair college students and volunteers with preschool children in low-income communities with the goal of curbing the early literacy crisis and develop the skills children need. Deadline: April 2, 2010.





Principal Leadership Magazine features Service Learning

The February 2010 edition of Principal Leadership magazine features an array of excellent articles about service-learning.  Thanks to editor Jan Umphrey, all of the articles are available online: http://www.principals.org/tabid/2043/default.aspx


Vote for the 2010 Service-Learning Multimedia Showcase Finalists!

The National Service-Learning Partnership is proud to announce the FINALISTS for this year's We Are a Solution: Youth Changing the World Through Service-Learning Multimedia Showcase! Now, you have a chance to vote for the winners at http://slsolutionshowcase.blogspot.com. Limit ONE vote per person per category.

Vote by Friday, March 5 @ 5 PM Eastern Time!

Middle School Division
Seven Springs Middle School (New Port Richey, FL)
Tchefuncte Middle School (Mandeville, LA)

High School Division
Abington High School (Abington, PA)
Clarkstown High School North (New City, NY)
Putnam City West High School (Oklahoma City, OK)

The winner in each division will receive $500 for their school, group, or program!



Christina Kwon
Director of Member Engagement

National Service-Learning Partnership

Academy for Educational Development
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202.884.8982 (phone)
202.884.8422 (fax)


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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.