YSA Briefings

August 10, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 31
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Take the Lead in Activating Youth in Your Community
 


Up to 100 organizations located in the 50 U.S. states + DC will receive grants of $1,000 to build a partner coalition of at least 10 other organizations that collectively activates at least 500 youth volunteers on GYSD. New this year, 40 of these grants will be awarded to organizations that focus on engaging youth in underserved communities who are not usually asked to serve, such as youth from low-income families or in Title I schools, youth with disabilities, and youth in the juvenile justice system. Learn more and apply at www.YSA.org/LeadAgency  
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
 
International Youth Day is celebrated every year on August 12. International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people's contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. Events to celebrate International Youth Day 2017 are taking place all over the world. Do you want to commemorate International Youth Day but are not sure how to get started? Learn more about how you can be part of the celebrations by organizing your own event or activity in your community, school or youth club in the below toolkit.

You can watch International Youth Day events on Friday, August 11 at the United Nations live at webtv.un.org.


Serve & Remember: Make 9/11 a Day of Unity, Empathy, Kindness, and Hope
Honoring this moment in our nation's history by serving in your community helps transform 9/11 into a day of unity, empathy, kindness, and hope as an enduring and positive tribute to those lost and injured on 9/11, and the many who rose in service in response to the attacks, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers and members of our military.
Make your commitment, get ideas and resources, and tell us your project plans at www.YSA.org/911Day

As you put together your plans, you are invited join a webinar on August 16 at 2:30pm Eastern for tips and reminders that will help connect your projects to the national day of service. https://www.nationalservice.gov/9-11-webinars 
GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: August 28 
With generous support from Disney, generationOn is excited to offer up to 100 grants to support volunteer projects on Family Volunteer Day, November 18th, 2017. Non-profits, schools and generationOn Clubs can apply to receive $250, $500 or $1000 in grant funds.  

Deadline: September 29
Lowe's will donate up to $5,000 to 1,000 different K-12 public/charter schools or parent teacher groups this school year. There is a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored. The application will close after 1,500 applications are received, so apply now.

Deadline: September 30
 
The Walt Disney Company, through Youth Service America (YSA), will award $500 grants this fall to young changemakers who are working with organizations to create a brighter tomorrow. It gives kids the opportunity to turn their creative ideas into projects that make communities healthier, greener and stronger. We encourage you to invite a young changemaker, aged 5-18, to apply for this opportunity. www.YSA.org/BeInspired  
STORIES OF SERVICE

Isabel Birkeland (17, White Bear Lake, MN) is a senior at Mahtomedi High School in MN. For the past two years she has been working as a champion for water and sanitation worldwide, and a champion for conservation and protection of water resources locally. 

Water has become a highly concerning topic in her local community. The local lake has experienced the lowest water level in 60 years. Although the water level has slowly begun to rise, the community is concerned about water resources and Isabel is promoting water saving actions and raising local awareness through youth engagement.

Two years ago, Isabel approached H2O for Life because she and her friend, Sydney Peterson, were interested in hosting a local Walk for Water to raise local awareness about water resources and provide funds for a school in Uganda. Last year's walk engaged 80 participants and educated 40 walkers who shared the path during the walk. Their event raised $1,900 for the implementation of water and sanitation for a school in Uganda. Her goal this year is to engage 100 walkers and raise $2,500 for the implementation of water and sanitation for a school in Cambodia.

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.
RESOURCES & TRAININGS
Project for Public Spaces shares tips and ideas to get youth involved in 'placemaking'. Young people use public spaces just as much as anyone else, if not more. And yet, too often young people, or young adults between the ages of 12 to 25, are not included in the process of "placemaking," and can sometimes be classified as "loiterers." By being actively engaged in youth-friendly spaces, young people can feel like they have investment in their community and they can develop a strong sense of ownership in these places. 
In the last 20 years, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, and youth incarceration rates have gone down, while high school graduation rates are up. More young people are pursuing postsecondary education, and teens are also smoking and drinking less. These are some of the positive developments highlighted in Our Work: A Framework for Accelerating Progress for Children and Youth in America, which America's Promise released this spring.

However, Our Work also notes that not all the news coming out of the last two decades of youth development is positive. The achievement gap between low-income students and their peers has gotten wider, and African-American children are now three times more likely to experience poverty than white children. Suicide rates for adolescents have gone up too, especially for young girls.
SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK
"With My Own Two Hands" - Ben Harper  
 

"I can change the world, with my own two hands.
Make a better place, with my own two hands.
Make a kinder place, oh with my, oh with my own two hands. 
I can make peace on earth, with my own two hands.
And I can clean up the earth, oh with my own two hands."
 
 
The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2017 is on YouTube at http://bit.ly/servicesongs and Spotify at www.YSA.org/Spotify 
August 3, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 30
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Pitch Your #SummerofService Idea and
Apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Grant
 
Do you know someone making a positive impact in your community? Disney and YSA are awarding kids, 5-18, working with organizations $500 Disney Be Inspired grants to carry out their service projects in the fall. They can submit their ideas through September 30, 2017 by visiting www.YSA.org/BeInspired

Watch Jimmy Kimmel, Miss Piggy, Clary Fairchild, and Mal pitch their project ideas on ABC Be Inspired's Spark Tankwww.abcbeinspired.com/summer-of-service/

 

NEWS FROM THE FIELD

Serve & Remember: Make 9/11 a Day of Unity, Empathy, Kindness, and Hope
Honoring this moment in our nation's history by serving in your community helps transform 9/11 into a day of unity, empathy, kindness, and hope as an enduring and positive tribute to those lost and injured on 9/11, and the many who rose in service in response to the attacks, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers and members of our military.
Make your commitment, get ideas and resources, and tell us your project plans at www.YSA.org/911Day 
Watch WE Day on CBS, August 4 at 8/7c

 
Catch host Selena Gomez, alongside Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Alessia Cara, Demi Lovato, Tyrese Gibson and Craig and Marc Kielburger on the WE Day Stage, as they celebrate young Americans changing their communities and the world!  This August 4th pledge your commitment to doing good. Together, we can change the world.

GRANTS & AWARDS

Deadline: August 31  
YSA is now accepting applications for the 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency program. As the official organizer of GYSD in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies build a coalition of K-12 schools, youth development organizations, and community-based organizations in their region to activate youth, ages 5-25, to acquire 21st Century Skills by solving community problems through service or service-learning projects. Community-based organizations located in the 50 U.S. states + DC are eligible to apply. 50 organizations will receive grants of up to $1,000 to build a partner coalition of at least 10 other organizations that collectively activates at least 500 youth volunteers on GYSD (April 20-22, 2018). Learn more and apply at www.YSA.org/LeadAgency 


Deadline: October 1
It's become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700.

STORIES OF SERVICE

Jazlyn Spradling (7, Covington, Georgia) is a past Disney Summer of Service grantee who loves to read and is inspired to help other kids value the joy of reading a book. She, along with her brothers, realized that schools were underperforming in their state because of a literacy crisis. Therefore, they started the "The Book Exchange" project with the goal of encouraging children to put down their digital devices and find new adventures in the pages of a book.

Jazlyn and her brothers applied for a Disney Summer of Service grant to build a little free library in their neighborhood and to hold a book exchange at school. The grant helped them improve the literacy rate in their community by teaching children how to build a home library on Global Youth Service Day. Additionally, Jazlyn's church started a summer reading program, the local library invited them to host summer reading parties, and there are now more little free libraries in their community.

Jazlyn has succeeded in inspiring her community with the idea that books can take them to great and better places.

You can now apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired grant through September 30, 2017 and join YSA and Disney in a movement to make the world healthier, greener and stronger.

RESOURCES & TRAININGS
August 7-9
The Best Practices for Youth Conference is a great professional development opportunity that leverages technology and social media to share and connect with youth development professionals, educators, and young people working on youth issues around the country. Themes include: Youth, Community, and The Justice System; Crisis Intervention for Prostitution and Child Trafficking; and Youth Activism and Social Change.  Since all events are online you can participate from anywhere with your computer, mobile phone, or tablet.
The time is now. Use your voice, your vote and your choice to take action with organizations leading the fight. https://inconvenientsequel.tumblr.com/action

Educators, sign up now to get the upcoming Watch Kit, lesson plans, special screening announcements, and details about how to enter your school into the Truth to Power: Climate Solutions Competition. https://www.inconvenientsequeleducation.org/ 

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK

"Truth to Power" - One Republic  





"If you could see me
the way I see you
You'd be a believer
...
Minutes turn to hours
Hours turn to years
And I've seen truth turn to power."

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2017 is on YouTube at http://bit.ly/servicesongs and Spotify at www.YSA.org/Spotify 
Thank you to YSA's sponsors who make our work possible:

  Editor-in-Chief
Michael Minks
Vice President of Operations, YSA (Youth Service America)
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July 20, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 28
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Disney Summer of Service
Get Ready to Create a Brighter Tomorrow and
Apply for a Disney Be Inspired Grant TODAY!
The Walt Disney Company and YSA are working together this summer to inspire kids and families to create a brighter tomorrow through the

Volunteering is easier than your think. To help you get out and volunteer with your friends and family, check out these brand new ideas and toolkits from Disney Citizenship to choose and plan your project. 


National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. https://natw.org/ 
International Youth Day is celebrated every year on August 12. International Youth Day 2017 The theme of International Youth Day 2017 is Youth Building Peace and will celebrate young people's contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. The current generation of youth are the largest in history and young people often comprise the majority in countries marked by armed conflict or unrest, therefore considering the needs and aspirations of youth in matters of peace and security is a demographic imperative. Organize an event for International #YouthDay!

GRANTS & AWARDS

Deadline: August 31  
YSA is now accepting applications for the 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency program. As the official organizer of GYSD in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies build a coalition of K-12 schools, youth development organizations, and community-based organizations in their region to activate youth, ages 5-25, to acquire 21st Century Skills by solving community problems through service or service-learning projects. Community-based organizations located in the 50 U.S. states + DC are eligible to apply. 50 organizations will receive grants of up to $1,000 to build a partner coalition of at least 10 other organizations that collectively activates at least 500 youth volunteers on GYSD (April 20-22, 2018). Learn more and apply at www.YSA.org/LeadAgency 
Deadline: September 1 
Through a partnership with Peace First, Born This Way Foundation will identify young people who are using generosity and compassion to create positive change. Youth ages 13 to 24 are invited to apply and winners will be selected in U.S. cities where Lady Gaga's Joanne World Tour will be stopping this summer and fall: Indianapolis, IN, St. Louis, MO, Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, and Salt Lake City, UT. The awardees will receive help from Born This Way Foundation and Peace First in planning their events as well as a $500 prize 

STORIES OF SERVICE

Kristy Kenney (18, Lantana, FL) is passionate about serving the community with equine therapy for children with special needs and at-risk youth. Through her volunteer work at Riding Unlimited, an equine therapy center for children with disabilities, she has helped many children speak and increase mobility. Kristy is aware that without intervention, children with disabilities would lose their chance to meet important milestones that could influence their future.

Although she is currently in school, working on her Bachelor's in Psychology and working part-time, she is tireless in her dedication to helping those around her. Kristy actively participates in Equine Therapy lessons, teaches volunteers to assist with sessions, trains Equine Therapy horses to be calm and gentle with fragile riders, and supports operations at events and fundraisers.
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.

RESOURCES & TRAININGS
YSA is accepting applications for Schools of Service Ambassadors. Selected Ambassadors from the 50 US States + DC will recruit K-12 schools to be part of the Schools of Service network and train educators (in-person or online) to prepare them to engage their students in service projects on 9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day, and/or Global Youth Service Day.  Each Ambassador will receive a $1,000 stipend from YSA.
We are especially interested in receiving applications from service-learning coordinators or other administrators from schools or school districts with community service requirements; representatives from local, regional, or national nonprofits that provide professional development to educators; representatives from State Education Agencies; and professional trainers or consultants with a network of school clients. YSA.org/schoolambassador 

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK

"The Future's Right In Front of Me" - A Great Big World  


 

"I walked alone, I was scared of who I knew that I could be.
But there was beauty in the darkest parts of my uncertainty.
...
And now I finally see the future's right in front of me, yeah
I feel it beating in my heart
The future's right in front of me!" 

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2017 is on YouTube at http://bit.ly/servicesongs and Spotify at www.YSA.org/Spotify 
Thank you to YSA's sponsors who make our work possible:

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