YSA News

May 4, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 17
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Will Your School Become a Global School of Service?
Is your school/school district committed to engaging your students in meaningful service? 

YSA is partnering with K-12 schools (public, charter, private, magnet, etc.) around the world that are creating a culture of service school-wide or district-wide where students develop and use 21st Century skills to apply their learning to address the world's challenges.

Participating schools will identify leaders (administrators, teachers, students) who will coordinate school-wide activities on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2018) and implement effective practices of their choice. They will be supported by grant opportunities, resources, technical assistance, and recognition provided by YSA.
Interested? Apply today (it takes less than ten minutes) at www.YSA.org/schools  
Thanks to everyone who found their voice, took action, and made an impact on Global Youth Service Day 2017! We received so many inspiring, motivating stories of youth leading Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy projects all around the world, and are excited to share them with you. See how youth changed the world this GYSD at: www.YSA.org/GYSD2017Story 
The final count is in: 1,259 pins on the GYSD Map representing 536 registered projects and 723 participating partners and grantees in 85 countries and 47 U.S. states.

Top U.S. States with the Most Projects RegisteredTop Countries with the Most Projects Registered
  1. Arizona
  2. Texas
  3. Michigan
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Georgia
  6. California
  7. North Carolina
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. tie - Florida, New York
  10. tie - Illinois, Oregon
  1. Tanzania
  2. Kyrgyzstan
  3. tie - India, Pakistan, Uganda
  4. Nigeria
  5. Cameroon
  6. China
  7. Liberia
  8. tie - Bangladesh, Kenya
  9. Slovenia
  10. South Africa
Save the Date: Global Youth Service Day 2018 is April 20-22.
The FY 2017 budget, which funds the government through September 30 and passed the House and Senate this week, maintains funding for core national and community service programs, including $386 million for AmeriCorps grants and $202 million for Senior Corps programs, level with FY 2016. In addition, it includes expanded resources for state commissions to build the capacity of national and community service programs at the local level. But it strikes a blow to a major CNCS initiative by eliminating the Social Innovation Fund - a $50 million cut.
Teachers give us so much. A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we're having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can't ever thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our lives. Join NEA and the National PTA in saying Thank You.
Deadline: May 7
The Encore Prize, offering $100,000 in cash prizes, coaching and a year of ongoing support, is looking for the next generation of programs and products that bring the talent of 50+ adults to social problems. The first Encore Prize will be for organizations or individuals of any age with innovative solutions that utilize experienced talent to serve youth, in conjunction with their Generation to Generation campaign to mobilize adults 50+ to help young people thrive.
Deadline: May 31
The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is a group of talented young reporters, ages 10-14, from across the country. For more than 17 years, Scholastic News Kid Reporters have covered "news for kids, by kids." Their stories appear online at the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website and in select issues of Scholastic classroom magazines, which reach more than 25 million students in classrooms nationwide. The Kid Reporters have made news by interviewing journalists, politicians, entertainers, authors, and sports stars. The annual selection of Kid Reporters is based on writing ability, interviewing skills, and attention to detail.

Abigail Perl (17, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania) is passionate about education and equality and strives to do whatever she can to leave a smile on people's faces. Her biggest aspiration is to spread love and kindness in order to prevent online bullying. To tackle the issue of bullying, she created a non-profit called Diverse Gaming Coalition that fights for peace on the internet. She takes action by hosting local events to educate her community while building positive relationships between people through community engagement activities.

Abigail decided to combat the issue of online bullying after she graduated from high school where she was constantly a victim of bulling herself. Abigail conducted research and became aware of the problems that social media causes. To put an end to inappropriate behavior, she educates people about how to act online, the dangers of social media, and what to do if you became a victim of bullying.

Do you know a young person, age 5-25 that is creating extraordinary change in your community? Nominate them for an Everyday Young Hero award.
For generations, young people all over the world have taken an interest in social justice and found the courage to fight for their own rights and the rights of others. Here are eight inspiring middle grade books that prove you're never too young to stand up for what you believe in and make a difference.

Does a service learning project seem like too much extra work? Are you unsure where you'd even start? H20 For Life has demystified the process for you and put it in a step-by-step guide to help you plan a project that addresses water and sanitation issues. 
"What Are You Waiting For?" - Nickelback
"You gotta go and reach for the top
Believe in every dream that you got
You're only living once so tell me
What are you,
what are you waiting for?
You know you gotta give it your all
And don't you be afraid if you fall
You're only living once so tell me
What are you,
what are you waiting for?"
The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2017 is at  http://bit.ly/servicesongs  

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