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January 5, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 1
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Apply for a Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant
  
Did you know that 1 in 5 children in America are at risk of hunger? This is a problem that can be solved, with your help!

YSA and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation are looking for 125 of the most innovative and sustainable ideas from young people across the United States about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities.

If you have an idea to end childhood hunger in your community, apply for a $400 Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant by January 15 to help bring your idea to life during Global Youth Service Day in April.


NEWS FROM THE FIELD
 
 
GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: January 17
Tell AFS-USA your idea for a volunteer project that could have a meaningful impact abroad. Get votes from your family and friends on your idea, and you could win one of 10 full scholarships to spend 2 weeks with AFS making the winning project come to life. All U.S. 8th to 12th grade students are eligible to enter.
  
Deadline: January 20
StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. This year students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the new 2017 competition theme, "Your Message To Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?" C-SPAN will award prizes to 150 student documentaries, and 53 teacher advisors.
Deadline: February 6
The FCYO Learning and Exchange Fund will award small grants to youth organizing groups for learning opportunities with peer organizations and/or social justice strategy/training consultants that will strengthen organizational capacity and support the development of relationships among youth organizers.
Deadline: March 1
Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Up to two winners will be selected from each of 10 regions - one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12. Each award-winning project will receive a Presidential plaque.  
STORIES OF SERVICE
 
Alyssa Castille (9, Garden Grove, California) is a passionate fighter against hate and racism. She created the "I AM" organization that tackles color-based discrimination and hate, and embraces human value and individuality regardless of color and race. Alyssa's creativity gave birth to badges which have a color on them and the description of what the color stands for. Alyssa's 1st creation was I AM BLACK, which stands for Beautiful (B), Loving (L), Awesome (A), Confident (C) and Kind (K). According to her, all human beings are black since all of the people are these things. She implements her campaign through visiting local police stations and giving out the buttons and spreading the message of love and respect for each other. 
RESOURCES & TRAININGS
How do a community of students, administrators, and cafeteria staff work together to reduce the amount of waste to the landfill from their school? In this Spark 101 case challenge, students will review and analyze data from a waste audit to help Sodexo provide recommendations to their client site. To solve the challenge, students will examine various solid waste-types and explore the economic impacts of waste disposal and reduction through a cost/benefit analysis.
At a time when specific groups of students are being targeted, we must ensure that those students specifically know that their schools welcome them and that they will be safe. Nine leading national education organizations to announce a national call to action affirming the right of all students to attend school in an environment free from fear, violence, and intimidation, including those who are black, brown, undocumented, LGBTQ, Muslim, and/or living with disabilities.
Tuesday, January 10 at 3:00pm Eastern
It's a new year and time to reassess how you're working, what works and what doesn't work. Why not resolve to have a happy, healthier work-life balance in 2017? In this 50 minute webinar, join authors Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman for a conversation about self-care in the nonprofit sector. They will be discussing their new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout, and will provide concrete tips for individual self-care to help nonprofit professionals and social change activists to embrace a Happy Healthy work/life to reduce burnout and increase productivity for greater impact.
Monday, January 23 at 5:00pm Central
Young leaders have a lot of demands placed on them, which is why self-care is so important. How can you be your best you? Find out in this webinar presented by NYLC Youth Advisory Council member Ananya Singh. No registration required. 
SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"- Jackie DeShannon
 
"Think of your fellow man
Lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart
...
If you want the world to know
We won't let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart
And the world will be a better place
For you and me,
you just wait and see!"
The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2017 is at  http://bit.ly/servicesongs  
 

Youth Guide to the Global Goals: Activate Youth to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
 
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted by world leaders one year ago at an historic UN Summit. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

An unprecedented number of world leaders recently emphasized the role of youth in shaping a better future in their national statements during the UN General Assembly.  59 countries highlighted the importance of youth development and participation, recognizing young people's contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to international peace and security.

At YSA, we agree that young people will lead the way in achieving the Global Goals. That's why we're proud to introduce the Youth Guide to the Global Goals, a resource that activates youth to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The tip sheets in this resource will help you:
  • Deepen your understanding of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Identify ways that you can use YSA's ASAP Model (Awareness, Service, Advocacy, Philanthropy) to make a difference in your community
  • Conduct a 45-minute lesson to introduce the SDGs to your class, club, or group
Download the Youth Guide to the Global Goals.


NEWS FROM THE FIELD


The millionth AmeriCorps member celebration begins with an AmeriCorps swearing-in ceremony at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC and nationwide digital engagement. Watch it live here or on the AmeriCorps Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. ET on October 7. Then, share your support for AmeriCorps on social media an tag it #ThanksAMillion. 
Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation recently launched Channel Kindness and they are searching for 50 youth reporters from across the country who have a passion for cultivating kindness to find, recognize and share the everyday and heroic acts of kindness that fill our daily lives and shape our communities. Applications and nominations are being accepted through October 21.  

Every young person has dreams of who they will become. Yet, millions of young people around the world face the unstable circumstances of poverty causing many to leave their education behind to find ways to provide for their basic needs­­- pushing their dreams further out of reach. For every hand you make and send in as part of the Youth Uplift Challenge, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1.90-up to $500,000-to Save the Children's programs empowering youth in Nicaragua and Indonesia to rise into a life they dream for themselves.
Volunteering with a campaign is a great way to make sure your voice is heard while
getting a first-hand look at the political process.  And as candidates campaign all over the community, why not invite them to participate in a service project or visit your group/organization while they're campaigning? By engaging a candidate in a service project or a visit to your program site, you begin to build a relationship with the candidate and can include a discussion around the issues related to the service project. YSA.org/ServiceVote 

GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: October 11 
The GlobalGiving Accelerator is a virtual training program and crowdfunding campaign that will help you take your fundraising to the next level. Following an optional two-week training curriculum, you'll be entered into an Accelerator campaign where you'll raise at least $5,000 total from a minimum of 40 different donors in order to graduate and secure a permanent fundraising spot on the GlobalGiving platform.  

Deadline: October 12
These fellowships will support outstanding individuals aged 18 to 25 to take on projects of their own design that address some aspect of the U.S. criminal justice system. Projects can range from public education and training, to grassroots organizing and policy advocacy, to social media campaigns and other forms of creative communications. Youth Activist Fellowships can be either 12 or 18 months in duration, full-time or part-time, and can begin anytime between May and November 2017. Youth Activist Fellowships come with an award of $60,000 for full-time, 18-month projects as well as access to a range of training and professional development opportunities.
Deadline: October 31
The Nature Conservancy is awarding $2,000 grants to 55 schools across the United States to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, or storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.
  
Deadline: December 5
Up to five national scholarship recipients will be selected based on their ongoing work to fight hunger, with each receiving a $5,000 scholarship and a matching $5,000 grant for their anti-hunger charity of choice. Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will also recognize up to 20 Stop Hunger Regional Honorees with a $1,000 donation for their preferred hunger-relief charity. 

STORIES OF SERVICE
Rinë Fetahu (19, Kosovo) has always dreamed about a peaceful and sustainable environment in her home country. After spending a year in the United States as a YES Exchange Program student, Rinë decided to put the English skills she acquired to good use by helping those with less education opportunities in Kosovo.

She created a language program that provides  interactive English lessons for students with special needs called "I too can speak English" that provides equal learning opportunities for young people in Kosovo. The language program targets students with visual, hearing, and motor impairment from the cities of Prizren, Peja, and Prishtina. Rinë cooperated with her fellow YES program alumni and developed a teaching plan adapted for kids with special needs. The lessons use interactive games, visual images, and videos to facilitate the learning process.

Meet the winners of the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes - outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.  Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 inspiring, public-spirited young people - 15 winners and 10 honorees - chosen from hundreds of applicants from across North America. Half have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings; half have focused on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment.

RESOURCES & TRAININGS


The Be an Everyday Young Hero series provides project replication guides to enable you to tackle pressing local, national, and global community issues. This guide in the series, 'Create Healthier Lives for Food Pantry Patrons,' will enhance your knowledge of critical health issues in your community and help you create nutrition education materials for local food pantry patrons.
This guide is the result of a collaborative effort by Youth Service America, Newman's Own Foundation, and Morgan Stasik, a student at the University of Southern Indiana deeply committed to equal access to abundant and quality food. Download the tipsheet here.
In addition to the previously published nonpartisan guides for the Presidential race and how the elections will affect the Supreme Court, the Campus Election Engagement Project just released new guides for the Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania Senate races. And because so many young voters are considering voting Libertarian or Green, they also have a concise nonpartisan resource on the trade-offs of voting Third Party this election, offering historical perspective.
Young people learn about democracy by watching the debates, researching the issues and observing the adults around them. This year, they're absorbing a lot of negative messages. Teaching Tolerance believes that everyone needs to talk about the election, explore the issues and weigh the candidates and their proposed policies. They believe that, despite the inflammatory tone of this year's election cycle, we can have these conversations civilly and respectfully. Get resources to speak up for civility in your classroom or home. 

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK
"Rise Up" - Andra Day 



 
"But I promise
we'll take the world to it's feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I'll rise up
...
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other."

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at http://bit.ly/servicesongs  
September 8, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 36
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How Will You Inspire Others to Make a Difference?

 
Ami Picazo, a 16 year old from the Bronx, New York, spent time in a shelter for several years of her childhood. Witnessing the difficulties children in the shelter had obtaining school supplies and other basic necessities, Ami will be using her Summer of Service grant to help purchase school supplies in the New York area. YSA and Disney want to spark ideas that inspire many and provide resources to support those who want to take deeper action. We'rehelping young change-makers turn their ideas into a reality with a $500 Disney Summer of Service grant. Go to YSA.org/DisneyBeInspired to share what inspires you and apply for a grant by September 30.


NEWS FROM THE FIELD


On Friday, September 9 at 10:00am PST/1pm EST, schoolchildren nationwide will unite to participate in the American Public Education Foundation's National Anthem Sing-A-Long. The movement was created FOR teachers to provide a simple - yet powerful activity to honor 9/11; Celebrate the birthday of the Anthem on September 14; and unite our country in an event like no other. The movement teaches the words, meaning, music and history of the National Anthem and aims to unite 1 million schoolchildren this year. Educators are asked to sign up so that students can be empowered by the numbers of participants in this annual event.

More than 70 million Americans are grandparents. Whether they're down the street or across the country, you can do something grand together with your grandparents and other older adults in your life. GU's Take Action Guide provides you with meaningful suggestions and activities. September is also Intergeneration Month, so you can extend your activities all month long.
Interfaith Youth Core is partnering with 9/11 Day to help students make the entire month of September a time for service, empathy, and cooperation. Here's what you and your students can do:  Organize an event any time this month using this set of guides to creating interfaith friendly events, making service projects interfaith, and many more. 


No one can vote without being registered to vote. Some states offer same-day registration, but in most places, you have to register at least 30 days before the election. Each state also has its own rules about how to register and identification required to register. Start by making sure your family, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote.National Voter Registration Day is September 27, and is a great day to plan a voter registration event. YSA.org/servicevote  

GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: September 15 or Sooner
State Farm Neighborhood Assist helps worthwhile nonprofit organizations across the US, offering $25,000 grants for neighborhood projects involved in education, safety and community development. This year, they're accepting 2,000 applications beginning September 1. The submission phase will end either when the 2,000 limit is reached or on September 15, 2016, whichever comes first. (Currently, there are only about 800 spots left, so apply today!) 

Disney Summer of Service Grants
Deadline: September 30
Young changemakers who have ideas or projects that could make their neighborhoods healthier, greener, and stronger can receive $500 to gather their friends and bring their creative visions to life. Youth, ages 5-18, in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Disney Summer of Service grants by submitting service project ideas. Hundreds of youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner's sponsoring organization to assist with the implementation of the project. Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized by Disney|ABC Television Group or their local ABC affiliate. www.YSA.org/BeInspired

Deadline: October 31
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support an edible educational garden on the grounds of a K-12 school. Schools, or a non-profit organization working in partnership with a school, may apply. The Extended Learning Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a non-profit children's programming organization, working with children ages K-12, to support an edible educational garden.
Deadline: November 8
Students in grades 5-12 in the U.S. who have volunteered in the past 12 months are invited to apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award. 102 State Honorees (2 per state) will receive $1,000 awards and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent for four days of recognition events May 6-9, 2017. The Top 10 youth will receive a $5,000 award, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for the nonprofit charitable organization of their choice. 

STORIES OF SERVICE
Ashar Yahya (17, Dubai, United Arab Emirates) is the founder of a charity cricket tournament ("Cricket for a Cause") intended to help low-income kids from developing countries pursue education. He has combined his passion for his favorite sport, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to help other young people. With the help of major sponsor organizations such as Pepsi, Pringles, and Red Bull, Ashar has raised over $15,000 for various charitable causes.  Ashar's lifelong compassion and commitment to community service brought him to volunteer with a Dubai-based institution that provided therapy for disabled children. Ashar realized that he can do a lot more to help young people who are denied equal access to education and kids with disabilities. The first Cricket for a Cause tournament was held in 2015 during Ramadan. While only 8 teams participated initially, this year, the number of teams doubled.  

RESOURCES & TRAININGS


We are increasingly challenged to explain the significance of the events of September 11, 2001 to America's young people - most of whom have no first-hand memory of the occasion.  YSA offers our experience in engaging young people by suggesting ten reflections about 9/11/01 and related ideas for service or service-learning projects.


More than 3,000 children lost a parent on that awful day. Fifteen years later, in a world rocked by terror, this group has hard-won wisdom to share. Here, in their own words, is a glimpse into their journeys.
As part of generationOn's Rules of Kindness Campaign, here are 12 ways to make sure kindness has a seat in your classroom. You can participate and be entered for a chance to win awesome grants and prizes by sharing your rules and creating a plan to put them into action, and uploading a photo and story!
Dare to Dream, the 28th Annual National Service-Learning Conference organized by the National Youth Leadership Council is coming to Disneyland in Anaheim on March 22-25. The call for Engaged Learning Workshops and Showcase proposals is now open! Submit your workshop plans by October 16.  

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK
"Heal the World" - Child Prodigy Cover




"There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space
Make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race." 

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at http://bit.ly/servicesongs  

August 18, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 33
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Spider-Man Says: Act Like a Superhero and Apply for a $500 Grant from YSA & Disney by September 30!

What's cooler than being an Olympic athlete? How about being a superhero for a cause you believe in? Andriana Skaperdas, a previous Disney grant recipient, used her passion for sports to create Project PLAY. Project PLAY promotes an active lifestyle for children by providing sports equipment and funding for organized sports leagues around the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.
YSA and The Walt Disney Company are teaming up this summer to inspire kids and families to make a positive impact in their communities by awarding Disney Summer of Service grants. While there aren't any gold medals involved, young changemakers who have ideas or projects that could make their neighborhoods healthier, greener, and stronger can receive $500 to gather their friends and bring their creative visions to life. If you or someone you know is making a difference in your community, apply for a Disney Summer of Service grant by September 30 at YSA.org/BeInspired  


NEWS FROM THE FIELD

In partnership with Save the Children, a global leader in disaster preparation and relief, and with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, YSA is calling on youth leaders to help their communities be prepared to stand strong during disasters by organizing disaster preparedness awareness events (Prep Rallies) and community service projects (Prep Projects) onSeptember 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. As summer winds down, use the rest of August to plan how you will serve and remember on 9/11 Day at www.YSA.org/911day 
 
Use YSA's free We Stand Strong Toolkit and We Stand Strong Training Videos to help you plan.
 
In celebration of the nearly 1 million Americans who have taken the pledge to "get things done," as AmeriCorps members, the Corporation for National and Community Service released the rankings of the states and cities that generate the most AmeriCorps members per capita. Washington, D.C., Minnesota, and West Virginia take the top three spots in the states category. Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, and Baltimore claim the highest slots in the large-cities listing, with Providence, R.I., Lowell, Mass., and Madison, Wisc. ranking highest among mid-size cities.
In an essay published in this month's Teen Vogue, Hillary Clinton writes, "A smart former U.S. president-who happens to be my husband-once said there is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. I couldn't agree more. And your generation embodies everything that is most right with America. By harnessing your energy and ideas, we can solve many of the problems we face. So whether you're already working hard to change the world or just starting out, here are three things you can do right now to make your voice heard. 
  • First: Find something you care about, and fight for it.
  • Second: Learn from those who disagree with you
  • Third: Vote, and inspire others to vote too."
National Voter Registration Day was first started for the 2012 presidential election. It has now become an annual holiday and celebration when thousands of people ensure that family, friends and neighbors are registered to vote. This year, National Voter Registration Day is September 27, 2016 and hundreds of events are being planned across the nation. Sign up your organization as an official NVRD Partner at http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org 

Find more Summer of Service ideas at www.YSA.org/summer

GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: August 21    LAST CHANCE!
YSA is now accepting applications for the 2017 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program! Through the generous support of State Farm, the program offers organizations in the United States funding of $500 or $1,000 as well as ongoing capacity-building training to lead high-impact, high-visibility events for Global Youth Service Day on April 21-23, 2017. As the official organizer of GYSD in their region, Lead Agencies are a vital part of creating a culture where young people have the opportunities and support to create positive change in their communities. Learn more and apply at: www.YSA.org/leadagency  

Deadline: September 9
The FCYO Moment to Movement Fund will provide one-year grants to youth organizing groups responding to the current moment in ways that build long-term power for low-income young people and young people of color. Given the current moment, priority will be given to proposals for black-led organizing, police accountability, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, and non-partisan voter engagement, but are open to other proposals that respond to current threats and opportunities. Both established and new organizations are eligible. Grants will range from $10,000 - $25,000. This is a onetime grant program and may not be repeated next year. 
Deadline: September 15
The Unitarian Universalist Funding Program will award grants to non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; mobilize those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power and the right to self-determination; and have an active focused campaign to create systemic change. The maximum grant is $15,000. Most grants are between $6,000 and $8,000.
Deadline: September 30
The Kids In Need Foundation's Teacher Grants program is dedicated to empowering educators with direct funding to conduct innovative learning experiences. This year, Kids in Need Foundation will provide grants ranging from $100 to $500 through eight different grant programs. 

STORIES OF SERVICE
SimranVedvyas
Simran Vedvyas (17, Dubai, United Arab Emirates) is a passionate environmentalist and social campaigner. She founded SynergYyouth group, which provides opportunities for youth to make the world a better place through participating in various environmental projects, including tree planting in urban areas.

Simran came up with the idea of creating SynergY Youth group in 2012 after she attended the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) - Rio+20 summit. She was inspired by the concept of collective responsibility for the environment and has led over 75 successful campaigns that engage young people. One of her initiatives, "Green Space New Life", resulted in 3,000 trees being planted across the UAE. Through another initiative called "Convoy to Feed," Simran provided food supplies to over 3,000 workers at different landfills during Ramadan.

The EPA and the White House Council on Environmental Quality recently recognized 18 teachers and 63 students from across the country for their outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship.

The President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth. Student projects featured activities such as creating a new eco-friendly fertilizer, restoring and conserving natural habitats, and analyzing the impact of solar panel installation. Read about the student winners.

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) recognizes innovative K-12 teachers who integrate environmental learning into their classrooms, using hands-on, experiential approaches. Winning teachers led unique programs such as researching the impact of surface coal mining on salamander diversity and starting an international collaboration with a school in Taiwan. Read about the teacher winners. 

RESOURCES & TRAININGS: SERVICEVOTE 2016


As part of YSA's ServiceVote 2016 campaign to engage youth ages 5-25 in the 2016 election, we'll regularly highlight election-related resources and trainings.


Schools wary of Clinton versus Trump minefields are avoiding lessons on government-but it's to the detriment of our kids, say experts. This article shares strategies and examples from educators who are engaging students in the election.
Even though this generation is highly engaged in their communities, cares passionately about critical societal and global issues, and turned out in the primaries at a higher rate than in 2008, two thirds voted for candidates other than Clinton and Trump. So there's a serious risk that they'll sit out the election in frustration, disgust, or disillusionment. In spite of this risk, if young people are engaged sufficiently by their peers, and by institutions they're a part of and trust, many will vote despite their misgivings. What will get them to the polls? Probably not the candidates themselves. ... The more young voters talk with each other, the more likely they are to participate, even if they dislike their choices.
Save the date for Lights On Afterschool on October 20, and start getting ready for this nationwide rally in support of afterschool programs that will happen just a couple weeks before the election.

Watch the Making Afterschool an Election Issue webinar to learn a variety of strategies and considerations when planning your event and reaching out to policy makers to make sure that your Lights On Afterschool event makes a big splash!

Register for the Engaging Youth Voice & Letters to the Next President webinaron 8/25 to dig into how programs around the country can leverage their Lights On Afterschool events to engage youth voice, with a particular focus on the opportunities made available through the new Letters to the Next President project that is being co-hosted by the National Writing Project and KQED.  

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK
"Something Wild" - Lindsey Stirling feat. Andrew McMahon



"You've got a big heart
The way you see the world
It got you this far
You might have some bruises
And a few of scars
But you know you're gonna be okay
Even though you're scared
You're stronger than you know."

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is athttp://bit.ly/servicesongs  
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Vice President of Operations, YSA (Youth Service America)
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July 14, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 28
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Make Every Day a Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela International Day asks everyone around the world to take action and inspire change in honor of Nelson Mandela's birthday on July 18. Inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world's social injustices when he said that "it is in your hands now," the message behind Mandela Day is simple: each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.

Mandela Day is a global call to action for citizens to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good. Make every day a Mandela Day by taking action and inspiring change on Mandela Day's four focus areas: 
Learn more at www.mandeladay.com  


NEWS FROM THE FIELD

Pokemon Go has become a cultural phenomenon in just over a week. To get in on the game, here are 3 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use 'Pokemon Go'. Find more ideas and examples of how nonprofits are using the game herehere, and here. For individuals looking to do good with the game You Can Use Pokemon Go To Raise Money For Charity or check out this guide from GenerationsUnited aboutHow to Use Pokemon Go to Strengthen Intergenerational Relationships. And a couple of our favorite Pokemon Go related service stories: This 7-Year-Old Makes Snazzy Buttons To Keep Pokemon Go Players Safe and Animal Shelter Is Letting Pokemon Go Fanatics Volunteer To Walk Dogs. Now, Pokemon Go serve!
Extraordinary teens "help and lead others" (HALO) in Nickelodeon's series, The HALO Effect. Airing monthly, each 30-minute episode highlights a teen who is making a positive change in their community and inspiring others to do the same. One recent episode, Paper For Water tells the story of sisters Isabelle and Katherine Adams from Dallas, TX who help bring accessible clean water to people around the world using their love of origami. Over the past four years, the Adams sisters have raised nearly $800,000 to fund more than 100 water projects in countries around the world including Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, India, Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua. Another recent episode, Purses For Primates tells the story of Allie Boyer, a teen who collects gently used purses to resell at fundraisers and donates the profits to Orangutan Outreach.  In just six years, her organization has raised over $14,000 and is directly responsible for sending 14 rehabilitated orangutans back to a protected rainforest.
Begin your effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and/or neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. National Night Out events could include: block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, or safety demonstrations and seminars.  www.natw.org 

Find more Summer of Service ideas at www.YSA.org/summer

GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: August 21
YSA is now accepting applications for the 2017 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program! Through the generous support of State Farm, the program offers organizations in the United States funding of $500 or $1,000 as well as ongoing capacity-building training to lead high-impact, high-visibility events for Global Youth Service Day on April 21-23, 2017. As the official organizer of GYSD in their region, Lead Agencies are a vital part of creating a culture where young people have the opportunities and support to create positive change in their communities. Learn more and apply at: www.YSA.org/leadagency 

Deadline: September 30
Young changemakers who have ideas or projects that could make their neighborhoods healthier, greener, and stronger can receive $500 to gather their friends and bring their creative visions to life. Youth, ages 5-18, in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Disney Summer of Service grants by submitting service project ideas. Hundreds of youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner's sponsoring organization to assist with the implementation of the project. Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized by Disney|ABC Television Group or their local ABC affiliate.www.YSA.org/BeInspired  
Deadline: Rolling
Everyday Young Heroes are young people, ages 5-25, who are improving their communities through service to others and making significant progress in achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each week, YSA selects one young person to receive this honor. Each selected Hero receives a congratulatory letter, a certificate of recognition, and is highlighted in YSA's newsletter and on social media, raising the profile of his or her good work. Thanks to generous support from Newman's Own Foundation, YSA will also select 12 winners throughout 2016 - one per month - to receive $250 grants to continue and expand their project. www.YSA.org/awards/eyh  

STORIES OF SERVICE
At four years old, Graci Diggs was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. At the age of seven, she decided that she wanted to help others who also struggled with JRA/Ra. Since then she has worked closely with the Arthritis Foundation to educate others about this health issue. In 2014, she founded the Cans for Cure fundraiser to bring awareness to the disease. At ten years old, she has raised approximately $20,000. Graci is currently an ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation and is contacting local government representatives to gain support for House Bill 2029, which will help patients and doctors have control of which medications are administered for treatment, and limit the amount of power insurance companies have regarding a patient's treatment. https://www.facebook.com/GoGraci/

RESOURCES & TRAININGS


Looking for books to read this summer with your kids? Check out these two lists of picture books that parents can use as conversation starters with their kids to talk about important topics and about how both small and large actions can change the world.
Social Justice Books for Kids to Teach about Global Issues 
17 Books to Inspire Kids to Change the World 
Make sure that your family and community are equipped to protect its littlest and most vulnerable citizens. Raise your voice, use your skills and together, we can help turn the tide and build a generation of prepared citizens. Lead Get Ready Get Safe Prep Rally activities and events to help build community awareness and educate children and families about simple things they can do to stay safe in emergencies. Get resources from Save the Children.
Have some extra time on your hands this summer? Check out the video trainings for three of YSA's most popular resources: Kids in Action Guide(project planning for children ages 4-11), Youth Changing the World Toolkit(project planning for teens and young adults ages 12-25), and the Semester of Service Teacher Toolkit (project facilitation for educators and mentors). Each video course walks you step-by-step through how to use the corresponding resource. Visit www.YSA.org/resources and look for the "Suggested Training" box seen above to take these free trainings.  

SERVICE SONGS OF THE WEEK
"Amandla (46664)" - Queen + Anastacia, Bono, The Edge, Dave Stewart  


"Oh, the power comes from believing
And I believe in human kind
There is a strength in numbers, yeah
And the meeting of our minds

Oh, then let us, the people
Take control of the situation
And rise up together
As one together."


The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is athttp://bit.ly/servicesongs  
Thank you to YSA's sponsors who make our work possible:

  Editor-in-Chief
Michael Minks
Vice President of Operations, YSA (Youth Service America)
communications@ysa.org | (202) 296-2992 | www.YSA.org 





May 13, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 19
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Serve for the Summer!
Summer months bring long days, warm weather, school vacations - and great opportunities for kids to volunteer and families to serve together. While service improves the community, kids also benefit:
  • It gives children and teens an identity and purpose. 
  • They develop vital college and career readiness skills like critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. 
  • Families who help others together benefit from important quality time. Volunteering provides an opportunity to connect with your child and learn new things together. 
Here are some suggestions for a successful service experience:
  1. Start with things your kids love to do.
  2. Consider issues your kids care about.
  3. Combine passions + issues for impact.
  4. Encourage, support and help your kids learn.
Get all the details for each of these suggestions in "Spring into Service, Serve for the Summer" on the National PTA's Our Children blog.

When you're ready to plan your summer, you can find 22 Summer of Service Ideas below or at www.YSA.org/summer 


SUMMER OF SERVICE IDEAS

Hunger hits especially hard when kids are out of school for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites. Promoting summer feeding sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer. You can find summer feeding sites and tools to help raise awareness as well as information about how to become a summer feeding site at the USDA's website.  Families in need can text 'Food' to 877-877, and receive a text back with the address and program information for sites closest to them, or information about how to find food resources in their area. Additional resources are available from No Kid Hungry and ideas for how youth can help from Generation No Kid Hungry.

United We Serve: Let's Read. Let's Move. calls on all Americans to participate in combating summer reading loss and childhood obesity through volunteering and service this summer. Use the Read & Act: Kids Making a Difference collection of inspiring children's books from FirstBook paired with free downloadable discussion guides from YSA to help youth ages 6-12, understand how they can use their unique talents, interests and passions to spark action in their own communities. https://www.fbmarketplace.org/read-and-act

Make sure that your family and community are equipped to protect its littlest and most vulnerable citizens. Raise your voice, use your skills and together, we can help turn the tide and build a generation of prepared citizens. Lead Get Ready Get Safe Prep Rally activities and events to help build community awareness and educate children and families about simple things they can do to stay safe in emergencies. Get resources from Save the Children.

Our country is full of dazzling landscapes where students can play and learn-and there's an opportunity for us to make this experience a reality for more and more of our youth. Every Kid in a Park gives fourth graders and their families a free one-year pass to any of our nation's public lands and waters. Plan your trip at https://www.everykidinapark.gov. As you plan your trip, find out how you can volunteer in a national park.  https://www.nps.gov/getinvolved/volunteer.htm

Do something different this summer. Habitat for Humanity's weeklong break trip program, Collegiate Challenge, isn't just for spring break. This summer, bond with your new campus chapter leadership, take a church on a mission trip, or grab four friends to go serve and discover a different part of the country. http://www.habitat.org/youthprograms/collegiate-challenge

Join Code for America's 4th Annual National Day of Civic Hacking, a nationwide day of action where anyone who cares about their communities can come together to host civic tech events leveraging their skills to help their community. This year, there are six Brigade Challenges for participants to work on. https://www.codeforamerica.org/events/national-day-2016

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year, people all over our blue planet are celebrating with the theme "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet." Organizations and individuals around the world are promoting prevention of plastic ocean pollution with events in their communities. http://www.worldoceansday.org/

Alex's Lemonade Days is Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's (ALSF's) annual 3-day fundraiser where supporters from coast to coast hold lemonade stands to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Lemonade Days is held each year during the second weekend of June - the time of year when Alex always held her lemonade stand - to honor Alex and all of our childhood cancer heroes. Gather your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors, and join  in the fight against childhood cancer.
Each year on and around June 21, communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live. Day of Action is an opportunity for communities to come together and address the issues that matter most to them. https://www.unitedway.org/get-involved/take-action/united-way-day-of-action
Help build awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning.  On June 24, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14.  http://www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org
Help protect wildlife by pledging to camp this summer! National Wildlife Federation's Great American Campout is a summer-long celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. Take the pledge to camp - in your backyard, your neighborhood, your local parks, state parks, and national parks, cabins, RVs, treehouses... you name it! National Wildlife Federation's Great American Campout is also part of Great Outdoors Month in June. http://www.nwf.org/Great-American-Campout.aspx
The Map of Play is a community generated guide to playspaces across the country. You can find playspaces near your location or add a new playspace and help other people find great places to play wherever they may be! Find or add a playspace today at http://mapofplay.kaboom.org. Get your community, youth group, or service organization involved with great group ideas in the activity kit. Then, take action to make playspaces in your community even better by planning a play day, organizing a clean-up, or building side projects. https://mapofplay.kaboom.org/take-action
Record and share the stories that are all around you. With the StoryCorps app and StoryCorps.me you can browse and listen to recordings from other users, add to the online library by sharing your own story, and activate your group, organization, or community around the power of storytelling. https://storycorps.me/

This Summer, thank a Veteran and pledge the gift of time.The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking citizens across the country to join in serving our nation's Veterans. Volunteers can find out the needs of your local VA facility by visiting http://www.va.gov/vasummerofservice

Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer. Everyone-programs, families, schools, educators, policymakers, businesses-can make summer a season of learning by pledging to #KeepKidsLearning at http://www.summerlearning.org/?page=summer_learning_day

Nelson Mandela International Day is in recognition of Nelson Mandela's birthday on July 18 and inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world's social injustices when he said that "it is in your hands now".  It is more than a celebration of Madiba's life and legacy. It is a global movement to honor his life's work and act to change the world for the better. www.MandelaDay.com

The 2016 elections provide opportunities for youth to raise awareness of and advocate for their solutions to community problems. Key events over the summer include the Republican National Convention (July 18-21) and Democratic National Convention (July 25-28). Get ideas of how youth can get involved and serve this election from ServiceVote, YSA's U.S. election-year resource to engage young people, ages 5-25, in the political process by connecting with their peers, voters, and candidates. www.YSA.org/servicevote

Begin your effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and/or neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. National Night Out events could include: block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, or safety demonstrations and seminars.  www.natw.org

International Youth Day is celebrated every year on August 12. Youth around the world are encouraged to organize activities that raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country and highlight organizations, programs, and policies that support youth leadership. Organize an event for International #YouthDay!

Pledge to do a good deed for the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The goal of 9/11 Day is to keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, providing a positive, helpful way for people to annually remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, and honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks. www.911day.org

National Voter Registration Day was first started for the 2012 presidential election. It has now become an annual holiday and celebration when thousands of people ensure that family, friends and neighbors are registered to vote. This year, National Voter Registration Day is September 27, 2016 and hundreds of events are being planned across the nation. http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org

Summer is the season for hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and tornadoes... help make sure your community is prepared for a disaster this summer! America's PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness! https://community.fema.gov
   

EVERYDAY YOUNG HERO



goal is to have at least 100 people taking classes within the next 6-9 months. Hayk will create a survey to determine the progress of their well-being, and see if the results are favorable for those involved in the yoga program. He also wants to create a sustainable program by instructing others to carry on the teaching. 

SERVICE SONGS OF THE WEEK
"Change the World" (Live Version) - Eric Clapton


"Till then I'd be a fool, 
wishin' for the day
That I can change the world
I would be the sunlight 
in your universe
You will think my love was really something good
Baby, if I could, change the world."
   

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at
http://bit.ly/servicesongs  


On 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance,
Prepare Your Community to Stand Strong During Disasters
On the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans will again unite in service in the same remarkable spirit of unity, compassion, and service that brought together so many in the immediate aftermath of the 2001 attacks. Each year more than 40 million Americans, and many others in 150 countries, observe the September 11 National Day of Service & Remembrance by performing good deeds.

9/11 Day provides an opportunity for youth leaders to help their communities be prepared for disasters by organizing disaster preparedness awareness events and community service projects. YSA makes being part of this movement possible through our We Stand Strong: A Disaster Preparedness Toolkit and training videos as well as our We Stand Strong Disaster Prep Grants.

In partnership with Save the Children, a global leader in disaster preparation and relief, YSA will support organizations to engage youth in helping their communities be prepared for disasters on September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance in the following regions:
  • the Mid-Atlantic (DC, MD, VA),
  • the South (OK, TX, AR, LA, MS),
  • California, and
  • the Northeast Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT).
$2,000 Training Host Grants are available for organizations in California and the Northeast Tri-State area, and $1,000 Project Organizer Grants are available for organizations in the Mid-Atlantic and the South. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 10. Learn more about this program atwww.YSA.org/standstrong 


NEWS FROM THE FIELD
 Last weekend, two young people were honored as Heroes for Change at the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards - Braeden representing YSA and Whitney representing Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

Learn more about Braeden's partnership with YSA and sign up to be one of the first people eligible to start the Disney Friends for Change "Summer of Service" grant application when it opens on June 1, 2016.
 
In a week of major developments in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, here's a round-up of the latest recommended reads:
Take the time to celebrate these real life superheroes during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, 2016. The NEA has partnered with GoFundMe to celebrate these superheroes who give so much to our communities. During Teacher Appreciate Week, we also celebrate Jahana Hayes from Waterbury, Connecticut, who was recently named the new National Teacher of the Year. Hayes will spend the next year traveling around the country as an advocate for educators. We're especially excited that she plans to use her new platform to promote service-learning.
 
On Tuesday, May 24, more than 250 afterschool advocates will arrive in Washington, D.C. for the Afterschool for All Challenge, meeting with their representatives in Congress to show them why afterschool programs deserve their support. This year, you too can cultivate powerful afterschool allies closer to home by taking the Afterschool for All VirtualChallenge. 
   

GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: May 6   LAST CHANCE!
YSA is seeking K-12 public school superintendents and principals in the United States to create Impact Schools. The program will support their efforts to improve student outcomes while strengthening their local communities. Support includes a grant up to $5,000, an in-person training in Washington, DC (at no cost to participants), and ongoing technical assistance provided via YSA staff and a network of experts from the nonprofit, corporate, education, and government sectors.  Grantees will also be eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding through the MLK Beloved Community Impact Schools grant program to support student-led projects on MLK Day of Service 2017.www.YSA.org/impactschools

UL Safer Roads, Safer India Grants
Deadline: May 6   LAST CHANCE!
Road safety is the biggest public safety challenge that India faces, with an average of 15 deaths every hour caused by road accidents. With more than 50% of India's population under age 25, we believe that India's young people are uniquely suited to help solve this problem. Youth Fellows, ages 15-25, as well as primary, secondary, or college/university educators from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune will be selected to receive grants of up to USD $1,000 and in-person training in August 2016 to support youth-led road safety projects. www.YSA.org/SaferIndia

Deadline: May 9
L'Oréal Paris awards 10 new women each year with $10,000 to support their extraordinary efforts to serve their communities. Help a woman you know receive a grant for her organization.  Award nominees must be women, legal residents of the United States and 18 years of age or older at the time of nomination.
Deadline: May 13
Young people ages 16-21 are invited to enter the Sea Youth Rise Up Video Competition, by sharing a 90 second video message highlighting their personal opinion about the current state of the ocean and innovative ideas about how young people can help improve the health of our blue planet. One student winner will be selected to join their peers and world leaders in New York City and Washington D.C., June 7-9, to speak up for ocean conservation through live broadcasts and special events.

EVERYDAY YOUNG HERO

Caragan was diagnosed with dyslexia in the 3rd grade. She learned to advocate for herself with her teachers and explain dyslexia to her classmates. She soon met other dyslexic students who struggled at their schools to get the accommodations they needed. Caragan wanted to help. She wanted every dyslexic student to benefit from tutoring and have teachers who understood dyslexia. 

RESOURCES & TRAININGS


Don't just read the news. Change the news. The DoSomething app takes breaking news and gives you immediate ways to take action. Whatever your cause and whatever the headlines, you'll get a way to make a difference in that moment. It also makes it easier than ever to upload photos of yourself in action. And now, with a public profile, you can connect with a community of members like you in over 130 countries.
November 3-5 and November 7-10 in Mexico City, Mexico
The IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference is set to precede the World Volunteer Conference from November 3-5th. Youth volunteers between the ages of 16-29 years old are welcomed to attend. The purpose of the conference is to challenge, inform, energize and promote young people involved in volunteering.

Voter Engagement Resources for Nonprofits
Nonprofit VOTE recently launched a revised and expanded online library ofvoter engagement resources - the largest online clearinghouse of nonpartisan election resources geared specifically toward nonprofits. The newly expanded library covers topics like voter registration drives, holding candidate forums, working on ballot measures, and much more.
In this video, Dr. Kent Pekel introduces the REACH Framework and outlines ways schools and organizations can work with Search Institute to improve academic motivation and influence the educational outcomes that are related to it, such as grades, attendance rates, discipline rates, and college-going rates.

SERVICE SONGS OF THE WEEK
"Wicked World" - Jeff Daniels


"Love still makes this 
wicked world go 'round!"
   
The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at
http://bit.ly/servicesongs  

April 28, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 17
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The Story of GYSD 2016
    
It's Time to Tell the GYSD 2016 Story!
Many thanks to everyone that took action and celebrated on Global Youth Service Day 2016! We received so many inspiring, motivating stories of youth service from all around the world covering all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and are excited to share them with you. See how youth changed the world this GYSD at: www.YSA.org/GYSD2016story

Report Your Impact
Were you part of the GYSD movement? Don't forget to submit an impact report and tell us your GYSD story! Reporting your impact should only take about 5 minutes! Everyone who reports their impact by May 16 will be entered in a contest to win a $50 cash gift card for best projects based on scale, visibility, and impact. www.GYSD.org/post 


NEWS FROM THE FIELD
 
Young people love to volunteer. These exciting books for 6-12 year-olds make reading an adventure, AND give kids ideas on how to make their community a better place. Brought to you by YSA and First Book, these books are guaranteed to inspire kids to take action for a better world. Each of these 12 books includes a free YSA-First Book downloadable tip sheet. The tip sheets include a before reading activity to get the students thinking, an after reading activity to spark conversation, and activities that will inspire youth to take action TODAY! Kids will understand how their unique talents, interests, and passions can make communities greener, safer, smarter, and healthier. Check out these 12 awesome books today!  


Points of Light's Conference on Volunteering and Service is the world's largest service-related convening of nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders. Each year, thousands of people who really care about the future of volunteer service convene in one place - to learn from, share with and get inspired by one another - to work together to increase the number of volunteers in the world and the impact of the work they do. The 2016 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service will be held June 27 - June 29 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. The early-bird registration deadline has been extended to May 6. For registration, visit www.volunteeringandservice.org

YSA staff will present three sessions: "We Stand Strong: Preparing Communities for Disasters on 9/11 Day of Service", "So Now What? How to Plan a One-day Service Event with Long-term Implications", and "Data Is Power!"
   

GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: May 2
Do you have a passion for road safety? Apply for the State Farm Road Safety Ambassador Program, a year-long experience for young leaders ages 16-25. The program will kick off this June with an all-expense paid, leadership training and Road Safety Summit in Washington, DC. With a $500 grant to support an event during National Road Safety week in October, training, and ongoing project-planning guidance from YSA and State Farm employees, Road Safety Ambassadors will raise public awareness and create change around road safety.www.YSA.org/roadsafety

YSA is seeking K-12 public school superintendents and principals in the United States to create Impact Schools. The program will support their efforts to improve student outcomes while strengthening their local communities. Support includes a grant up to $5,000, an in-person training in Washington, DC (at no cost to participants), and ongoing technical assistance provided via YSA staff and a network of experts from the nonprofit, corporate, education, and government sectors.  Grantees will also be eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding through the MLK Beloved Community Impact Schools grant program to support student-led projects on MLK Day of Service 2017. www.YSA.org/impactschools

UL Safer Roads, Safer India Grants
Deadline: May 6
Road safety is the biggest public safety challenge that India faces, with an average of 15 deaths every hour caused by road accidents. With more than 50% of India's population under age 25, we believe that India's young people are uniquely suited to help solve this problem. Youth Fellows, ages 15-25, as well as primary, secondary, or college/university educators from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune will be selected to receive grants of up to USD $1,000 and in-person training in August 2016 to support youth-led road safety projects. www.YSA.org/SaferIndia

EVERYDAY YOUNG HERO

15 year old Kehkashan Basu, an Indian citizen living in the UAE, has been working to promote peace and sustainability since she was 8. Her advocacy on engaging, educating and empowering youth resulted in her being elected at the age of 12 as the Global Coordinator for UNEP's Major Group for Children and Youth, making her the only minor to ever hold this position.

She is also the Founder of a youth group "Green Hope" which now has over 1,000 members and it spreads environmental awareness among civil society, mainly youth. She conducts community campaigns on sustainable consumption, plants trees to stop land degradation, holds conferences and seminars to raise awareness about gender equality, and travels widely to champion the cause of climate justice. She has planted over 4,000 trees in UAE, India, Kenya, Brazil, and Indonesia. 

RESOURCES & TRAININGS


Our partner, GlobalGiving, has made it faster and easier for nonprofits from around the world to benefit from GlobalGiving training, learning, and funding opportunities. GlobalGiving connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. Apply by May 20th to be eligible to earn bonus prizes and matching funding next month!  To learn more and submit an application to join click here or visit www.globalgiving.org/ysa
  
This week, CIRCLE joined iCivics, NCSS, CloseUp, and the League of Women Voters, for a Teaching for Democracy Alliance webinar on "Teaching Controversial Topics." They shared research on the importance of these discussions to civic education, and resources to support teachers as they incorporate these discussions into the classroom. Watch the full webinar recording.
  
Wednesday, May 4 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm Central
We know that these non-academic skills are vital to young people's success in school and life, but what is the best way to identify if young people have these skills? Can surveys about character strengths be considered valid and reliable measurement instruments? Should the results of these surveys be used for accountability purposes in schools? Join Search Institute for a free webinar led by Dr. Kent Pekel. This webinar will address the growing debate about student self-report surveys and how schools can use these measurement tools to help youth succeed in the classroom and beyond.

SERVICE SONGS OF THE WEEK
"That's How You Change The World" - Newsboys 


"All my life I had big dreams
To do big things and make a change
And all the while, I just passed by
The simple needs right here
next to me
...
A hand reaching out
to a heart in doubt
It's the smallest spark
that can light the dark
That's how you change the world!"
   
The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at
http://bit.ly/servicesongs  

April 7, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 14
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What's Your Global Goal? 
 
Just one week left until GYSD 2016! If you haven't already planned a project, visit the GYSD Map to find opportunities to serve in your community. If you're in the midst of project planning, don't forget to register your project and tell the world about your GYSD plans.

Now is also a great time to reflect on the long-term global impact youth will make this Global Youth Service Day. While GYSD takes place in April, the work to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, continues year-round. Because GYSD spans the range of issues covered by the Global Goals, it serves as an excellent launching point to educate youth about the Global Goals.

Learn how you can incorporate the Global Goals into your GYSD project and beyond using the Youth Action Mapper (YAM). YAM uses a free, state-of-the-art mobile GIS platform that allows youth (or Mappers) to use their phone and map youth action opportunities in their community.  Download the Youth Action Mapper Toolkit that includes directions on how to upload the app to your phone and examples of how to utilize the mapper before, during, and after GYSD.

Pick, plan, post, and promote your project now at www.GYSD.org
 


One way to get involved during Global Youth Service Day is to join in one of the many GYSD Partner Days of Service that take place in April. You can celebrate both GYSD and another event with a single project! Consider these service opportunities:
  • National Volunteer Week (April 10-17) is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Share your stories about the impact volunteers are having in your community or through your organization or recognize and celebrate your volunteers.
  • J-Serve International Day of Jewish Youth Service (April 17) Help engage 10,000 Jewish teens throughout the world in meaningful service projects through J-Serve. J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world.
  • America's PrepareAthon! National Day of Action (April 30)- America's PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!
Total Number of Projects Registered as of 4/7/16: 778 
Sustainable Development Goals with the Most Projects:(1) SDG3: Health  (2) SDG4: Education   (3) SDG2: Hunger    (4) SDG15: Life on Land SDG1: Poverty  (5) SDG6: Clean Water & Sanitation
Number of Countries with Projects Registered: 69
Top Countries: (1) Kyrgyzstan (2) Cameroon (3) Tanzania (4) Kenya (5) India
Number of U.S. States with Projects Registered: 43
Top States: (1) Wisconsin (2) Ohio (3) Michigan (4) Minnesota (5) Pennsylvania
Post your project and explore the GYSD Map.

Are you looking for a service opportunity to make a difference in your community? UL's Safety Smart® Ambassador Program is a global youth education initiative aimed at improving the safety awareness and understanding of children ages 4-9.  This program teaches children how to practice safe behaviors and manage their surroundings as safely as possible.  Safety Smart combines the creative storytelling of Disney and the scientific expertise of UL and uses characters like Timon and Pumba to teach children how to be safe around electricity, fire, water and even online safety.  In addition to these safety topics, find out how you can be a "Green" Ambassador or "Healthy and Fit" Ambassador. 
Everyday Young Hero Andrew Diodato shows how you can organize a mentoring program that provides meaningful support and friendship to children with learning disabilities in your own school or community in our Be an Everyday Young Hero tip sheet series. Download the project replication guide. 
Spread the word about your Global Youth Service Day events! Use these free resources to let your community know how youth are changing the world.
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LAST CALL: UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
We're almost done cleaning our contact lists and want to make sure your information is up to date. If you haven't already, will you take a minute before GYSD to refresh your contact details in our database? 

GRANTS & AWARDS
Good Neighbor Impact School Grants & MLK Beloved Community Impact School Grants
Deadline: May 6
YSA and State Farm are looking for school administrators who want to create a culture of meaningful and purposeful learning in their school or school district. We will select 20 U.S. K-12 public schools to be recognized as Good Neighbor Impact Schools. Each school or school district selected will receive a grant of up to $5,000 to support their efforts to increase student engagement through service during the 2016-2017 academic year. Grantees will also be eligible for up to $3,000 in additional grant funding through the MLK Beloved Community Impact School grant program to support student-led service projects on or around MLK Day of Service 2017. www.YSA.org/impactschools  

Deadline: May 6
Road safety is the biggest public safety challenge that India faces, with an average of 15 deaths every hour caused by road accidents. With more than 50% of India's population under age 25, we believe that India's young people are uniquely suited to help solve this problem. Youth Fellows, ages 15-25, as well as primary, secondary, or college/university educators from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune will be selected to receive grants of up to USD $1,000 and in-person training in August 2016 to support youth-led road safety projects. www.YSA.org/SaferIndia

Deadline: May 2
Do you have a passion for road safety? Apply for the State Farm Road Safety Ambassador Program, a year-long experience for young leaders ages 16-25. The program will kick off this June with an all-expense paid, leadership training and Road Safety Summit in Washington, DC. With a $500 grant to support an event during National Road Safety week in October, training, and ongoing project-planning guidance from YSA and State Farm employees, Road Safety Ambassadors will raise public awareness and create change around road safety.www.YSA.org/roadsafety

Deadline: April 10
The Power of Children Awards celebrate young people in grades 6-11 who help to make the world a better place.  Each award recipient will receive: a $2,000 grant to continue his or her extraordinary work, a partial four-year post-secondary scholarship to a participating institution of higher learning, recognition in the museum's The Power of Children exhibit for at least one year, and recognition during a special awards event at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis on November 11, 2016.

EVERYDAY YOUNG HERO

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Nidhi Bhaskar founded Project New Boundaries for Youth (ProjectNBYOUTH) in summer of 2015. When Nidhi volunteered in India, she saw the potential hazards to children who play near the mounds of garbage on the streets. She decided to address the issue of waste management in India by challenging youth in Bangalore, India to encourage people to reduce, reuse, and recycle their plastic waste. Nidhi created a competition and awards program for students in Bangalore, challenging them to develop solutions to the waste management issue in their community. She hopes to inspire students about team work, leadership skills and community awareness.

RESOURCES & TRAININGS


Every Monday since August 2012, the #StuVoice hashtag has convened students, teachers and policy makers to discuss current events, education issues and student-interest stories about kids and their communities around the world. Next week's topic in celebration of Global Youth Service Day: How can schools foster service and #CivicParticipation? Share your thoughts with@Stu_Voice and @YouthService on Monday 4/11 at 8:30pm EST using#StuVoice 
April 26 is College Signing Day, a chance to celebrate students for making a commitment to higher education. Hosted by schools, organizations, and community leaders, College Signing Day is a way for educators, counselors, and parents to celebrate those heading to college and for students to inspire and encourage other students, too. Join a conference call on Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m. EST to hear from Eric Waldo, Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative and to find out how you can participate in College Signing Day. Space is limited, so register below by April 9 to reserve your spot.
On a recent national survey, 69 percent of teachers reported that low academic motivation is a problem in their classrooms - a higher percentage than cited poor student behavior, bullying, or a negative school climate. Gallup Student Poll data shows that only 50% of students surveyed are engaged in school. Search Institute developed a new framework to enhance academic motivation - REACH: Relationships, Effort, Aspirations, Cognition, Heart.
National Youth Leadership Council is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic young people to serve as Lead Activists for Youth4Education, a youth-led campaign to advance education equity through service-learning. Lead Activists for Youth4Ed have the opportunity to attend a summer leadership training, where they will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead their own service-learning projects in their community. Training will be held July 10-15, 2016. Upon returning home, Lead Activists are then expected to recruit 6-10 peers to help complete a quality service-learning project that advances education equity, with support from NYLC. Candidates must be enrolled in high school or pursuing a GED during the 2016-2017 school year.

SERVICE SONGS OF THE WEEK
"My Silver Lining" - First Aid Kit    


"Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road
Can't worry 'bout what's behind you or what's coming for you
further up the road
I try not to hold on to what is gone,
I try to do right what is wrong
I try to keep on keeping on
Yeah I just keep on keeping on."    

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at
http://bit.ly/servicesongs  


January 14, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 2
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Everybody Can Be Great Because Anybody Can Serve
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This MLK Day weekend, YSA and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will engage over 6,500 students from 10 K-12 public schools across the United States in service-learning activities. The schools include:
  • Thomson Elementary - Washington, DC
  • East Mecklenburg High School - Charlotte, NC
  • Blair Elementary - Waukesha, WI
  • Richardson High School - Richardson, TX
  • South Knoxville Elementary - Knoxville, TN
  • Foshay Learning Center - Los Angeles, CA
  • Reyes Maria Ruiz Leadership Academy - Phoenix, AZ
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School - Atlanta, GA
  • Troy Athens High School - Troy, MI
  • New Foundations Charter School - Philadelphia, PA
  • Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District - Merrick, NY
  • V.W. Miller Intermediate School - Pasadena, TX
With MLK Day of Service grant funding from CNCS, these schools are a part of YSA's Beloved Communities Innovation School program, an expansion of the Good Neighbor Innovation School program supported by State Farm which aims to create a culture of service in schools.

Join them! Find 8 ideas at www.YSA.org/mlk_day_of_service_2016
Find a place to serve at www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday#searchmlkday
Use and follow #MLKDay on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.


NEWS FROM THE FIELD
As the world embarks on a 15-year journey to achieve the new global Sustainable Development Goals, Kid President offers a pep talk for the world.  
 
 
YSA will be tracking all Global Youth Service Day 2016 projects to show how youth are helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through their service. With that in mind, YSA challenges youth 25 and under to participate in our Global Goals contest. Deadline to enter your artistic submission atwww.YSA.org/globalgoals  is January 20...»
There are many ways you can get involved in National Mentoring Month this January:
  • Find a National Mentoring Month ambassador in your state.  
  • Celebrate International Mentoring Day on January 17, in honor of Muhammed Ali's birthday.  
  • Help improve your community on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 18
  • Express appreciation to a mentor you know on Thank Your Mentor Day,January 21.  
You can learn more about upcoming events, social media outreach, and the basics of how to Mentor In Real Life in this Partner Activation Toolkit....»
As the 2016 election season, we'll keep you up to date on the latest youth civic engagement news, opportunities, and resources.
  • poll released this week shows reveals that 75% of Millennials say that voting is a way to have an impact on issues they care about. Do you agree? Take Rock the Vote's pledge -- to get informed, to register to vote, to engage friends, to volunteer -- any way to ensure that you have a voice on Election Day.
  • Ten events across the U.S. will host the greatest minds, musicians, celebrities and you, showcasing a no-holds-barred, 360-degree perspective of key issues ranging from immigration to innovation. Find an upcoming One Nation event near you.
  • This Politico article, "Hillary Clinton's kid questioners" describes how Hillary Clinton takes questions from a young person at many campaign events. Here's hoping other candidates do the same!
  • The deadline for C-SPAN's 2016 StudentCam Documentary Competitionis next week, January 20. The theme is "Road to the White House" and asks students to create a video about an issue they most want the candidates to discuss during the 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Find a free Caucus 101 Curriculum in the Resources & Training section below. ...»

GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: January 15  LAST CHANCE!  
YSA and Sodexo Foundation are looking for the most innovative and sustainable ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. 125 $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day - April 15-17, 2016 - and beyond. Apply at www.YSA.org/SodexoYouth     
It might be the middle of winter, but now's the time to apply for grants to support your spring community gardening, beautification, and green space projects. Here are three opportunities with upcoming deadlines:  
Deadline: February 1
Fiskars' Project Orange Thumb garden grants provide tools and resources to help communities reach their goals for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration, and healthy & sustainable food sources. Fiskars will award 30 applicants $3,500 in cash and tools in the coming year....»
Deadline: February 22  
Grassroots Grants from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company are awarded to local communities to help bring edible gardens, flower gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Any non-profit organization that is helping to foster community spirit and public service is eligible to apply for up to $1,500 for community gardens and green spaces....»
Deadline: February 27  
The Opal Apple Youth Make a Difference will award funding to youth-based initiatives serving their communities in the U.S. where youth, ages 6 - 25, take leadership roles in the initiative. Grants will be awarded in the range of $5,000 - $20,000. The initiatives chosen will address one or more issues of food security, nutrition, agriculture, and food politics and education....»

EVERYDAY YOUNG HERO SPOTLIGHT
We recognized Braden as an Everyday Young Hero back in November, and earlier this week, he was one of First Lady Michelle Obama's guests at the State of the Union.


After attending the White House Kids' "State Dinner" as part of Let's Move! and hearing the President and First Lady's challenge for kids to make a difference in their own communities, Braeden Mannering, 12, was inspired to act. Braeden started his own nonprofit, Brae's Brown Bags (3B), which provides healthy food to homeless and low-income individuals in his community. His mission is also to raise awareness about the problems of food insecurity and poverty, and to empower and inspire youth across the nation to become part of the solution. To date, Braeden has activated more than 2,600 volunteers, provided more than 4,500 "brown bags" of healthy food, and raised more than $52,000 for hunger relief. He co-hosted the first "hunger conference" in Delaware to include youth, and he continues to spread his mission in Delaware and other states, speaking at schools, conferences, and legislative sessions.. ...»

Watch news stories about Braeden from CBS News and FOX 5 DC.
Learn more about Brae's Brown bags at http://braedenquinn.com/ 

RESOURCES & TRAININGS
Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 PM Eastern 
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, then does it make a sound? The same thing could be said for a service project. During this "Gaining Momentum for your Project" webinar, you will learn how to make asks from a variety of audiences that you want to engage in your project. You will walk away from this webinar with new skills: how to clearly make an elevator pitch, how to establish a partnership with a school and how to engage and recruit new volunteers. ...»

Developed by Iowa teachers, the Caucus 101 curriculum is easy to use and implement in the classroom (or afterschool or community-based program). It is a seven-day curriculum with each lesson plan having three different options to accommodate the amount of instruction time. While developed for the Iowa caucus with some specific Iowa content, most of the curriculum can be used in any state as primary elections and caucuses are held over the next several months....» 
Wednesday, January 27 at 1:00pm Eastern  
One of the great challenges of youth organizing is figuring out how to support young people's holistic needs while at the same time organizing powerful campaigns. On this webinar, two youth organizing groups will share their approaches to supporting young people, and a list of tools and resources will be shared - including the Healing-Centered Youth Organizing framework from Urban Peace Movement.  ...»
Looking for quick activities for students that challenge their social-emotional learning? WKCD's "Short Workouts for Social-Emotional Learning" is geared towards middle and high school students. Each "collection" includes ten workouts, and each workout takes 10-15 minutes, making them a suitable bell ringer, warm up, or advisory activity. ...»

SERVICE SONGS OF THE WEEK
"Changes" - David Bowie 



 
"I watch the ripples change their size 
But never leave the stream 
Of warm impermanence and 
So the days float through my eyes 
But still the days seem the same 
And these children that you spit on 
As they try to change their worlds 
Are immune to your consultations 
They're quite aware of  
what they're going through." 


The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at http://bit.ly/servicesongs  
Thank you to YSA's sponsors who make our work possible:



July 23, 2015 | Volume 22, No. 29
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Lead the Leaders: Join the Largest Youth Service Coalition in the United States   



There's just one week left to apply to join the largest coalition in the United States of organizations mobilizing youth to serve their communities. Applications for YSA's 2016 Global Youth Service  
 The program offers U.S. organizations funding up to $3,000 provided by State Farm, capacity-building training, and ongoing support to lead high-impact, high-visibility youth service activities and celebration events for GYSD (April 15-17, 2016).

As the official organizer of Global Youth Service Day in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies are a vital part of creating a culture where young people have the opportunities and support to create positive change in their communities. Learn more at www.YSA.org/gysdleads2016 


Want to learn more about what GYSD Lead Agencies actually do? Here are 6 stories that showcase how they mobilized youth for GYSD 2015. As you'll see, it takes all kinds of organizations to make GYSD a success! Join us in 2016.

Douglasville, Georgia 
Des Moines, Iowa
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Duluth, Minnesota
Indio, California
St. Louis, Missouri

The GYSD Lead Agency program is sponsored by State Farm.
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NEWS FROM THE FIELD

Earlier this week on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart asked President Obama about encouraging national service. In response, President Obama reflected on his own experience as a community organizer when he was younger: "I wanted to try to commit myself to something bigger than just me. The young people I meet around the country, and by the way, around the world, they have that same sense. This notion that young people have lost their idealism, or they're too cynical, or ironic - it's not true. But we have to give them pathways to get them involved." Watch the video here....»


Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation & the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence have partnered to ask every high school student in America to speak out about the way they feel in school. Join the #EmotionRevolution and take the survey today. High school students can also now apply - until August 1 - to attend the inaugural Emotion Revolution Summit in October 2015 where the survey results will be revealed. During the Summit, students from across the country will have an opportunity to meet with Lady Gaga, educators, academics, and policy makers to learn ways they can accelerate positive changes in their schools and communities....»


Nonprofit VOTE has joined with Independent Sector, the National Council of Nonprofits, and United Way Worldwide to launch the Nonprofit Votes Count campaign. Plan to use the week of National Voter Registration Day,September 22, to make sure all your organization's eligible staff, board members, and volunteers are registered to vote. Show your support of voting for your community and the nonprofit sector by getting listed as a partner of Nonprofit Votes Count. When you do, you'll get a set of complimentary "I work for a nonprofit and I vote" stickers and colorful National Voter Registration Day 2015 posters. ...»

GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: Rolling - Fridays Weekly Through August 7
In partnership with Save the Children, YSA will support organizations to engage youth on September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance in organizing local disaster preparedness awareness events (Prep Rallies) and community service projects (Prep Projects). $2,000 Training Host Grants are available for organizations in the Mid-Atlantic (DC, MD, VA) and the South (OK, TX, AR, LA, MS), and $1,000 Project Organizer Grants are available for organizations in California and the Northeast Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT). Learn more about this program at www.YSA.org/standstrong

Deadline: August 10 
Creativity gives you the power to help shape a better world. YSA, in partnership with ABC and Disney Friends for Change, can help you create the future you imagine. Young changemakers, ages 5-18 in the United States, can now apply for a $500 Summer of Creativity Grant to support a service project that makes your community greener, safer, smarter, healthier, cleaner, or fairer. www.YSA.org/beinspired 

Deadline: August 26 
The Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good initiative supports grassroots organizations throughout the country working to do good in their communities. In 2015, the program will provide grants of $20,000 each to a grassroots nonprofit organization in every state + DC. Any individual 18 years of age or older is eligible to nominate a nonprofit organization for consideration. ...»

Disney Friends for Change Latin America Grants
Deadline: August 31
As bolsas do projeto da Disney, Amigos Transformando o Mundo, oferecem às crianças e jovens de 5 a 18 anos, da América Latina, a possibilidade de buscar inspiração para criar um mundo melhor em benefício das pessoas, da comunidade e do planeta. www.YSA.org/amigostransformandoomundo 

Las becas de 
Amigos por el Mundo de Disney brindan a niños y jóvenes entre 5 y 18 años de América Latina la posibilidad de inspirarse para crear un mundo mejor en beneficio de las personas, las comunidades y el planeta. www.YSA.org/amigosporelmundo 

EVERYDAY YOUNG HERO
The 16 Year Old Hero for Animals in Puerto Rico

This week, we honor a 16 year old hero for animals from Manati, Puerto Rico - Natalia Maisonet. Natalia founded Alley Cats & Dogs Rescue Project PR INC. at the age of 11 and has been helping to save lives 4 paws at a time ever since.  Her goals are to educate children on caring for animals, so they will become better citizens; to work with the government so we can have better laws to protect and care for animals; to have an island wide massive sterilization/neuter program; and to save as many animals as we can from the streets, abuse, and hunger. Natalia says, "The biggest satisfaction is seeing a dog or cat with a new family and knowing it will not go hungry or be in the streets suffering."...»

RESOURCES & TRAININGS

Peter Levine, an expert in youth engagement and civic renewal, writes, "A presidential election cycle is a great civic ritual. Even though only about 60% of adults vote-when we're lucky-a national campaign still touches most Americans in one way or another. It challenges us to consider fundamental issues. As the 2016 cycle heats up, what should we expect from this great national civic experience? What do we have a right to expect from the election?"...»

Teaching What 'Privilege' Really Means

What is privilege? Is there any way to describe it? A recent video posted by BuzzFeed shows the results of a "Privilege Walk."  The rules are simple. Everyone gathers behind a long horizontal line. When the facilitator reads a statement that applies to you, you step forward; if it doesn't, you step back. Afterward, participants get to hear and process together the personal stories about how race, class, gender, and ability affected the opportunities of individuals in the room. Learn more and get a list of the statements for the activity. ...»

Every Kid in a Park Initiative Webinars

August 10August 12, or August 14 
President Obama's "Every Kid in a Park" initiative was announced in early 2015 to provide all 4th grade students and their families with free admission to federal lands and waters for a year. Register for an upcoming webinar to learn more details about this exciting initiative, and ways to participate. The webinar will be held three times during the month of August....»

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK
"Hero in Me" by Jeffrey Gaines


"And as I grow older
And there's so much 
that I do not know
I'm drawn to those who are bolder
And go where no one dare to go." 

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2014 is at
http://bit.ly/servicesongs  

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