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



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