YSA Briefings

October 12, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 40
    

 

MLK Day of Service Impact School Grants

$1,500 Grants for K-12 Schools: Apply by November 10

Grants of up to $1,500 are available to schools in the United States that meaningfully engage students to #LeadASAP on national days of service (9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and Global Youth Service Day) and help them learn, lead, and achieve. YSA, in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, will select 50 K-12 public schools to receive a grant to support engaging students in a schoolwide service activities during the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (January 13-15, 2018) with some classes continuing through Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2018). www.YSA.org/MLKDayGrants

NEWS FROM THE FIELD: KINDNESS RISING

What happens when we boost each other up instead of putting each other down?

Your words are powerful. Use them for good.


Kindness is a powerful thing. It can change how we think about ourselves and others, serve as an antidote to bullying and, as the students from Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School found out, change the culture of a school.
Combat bullying and jumpstart a kindness revolution in your school, organization, or neighborhood today by joining YSA's Kindness Rising campaign. You can hold a No Bully Peace Summit, create an anti-bullying club, use the Sit With Us app, or organize a Mix It Up At Lunch Day event at your school.
Participating is as easy as 1-2-3. 1) Pledge to BE FEARLESS BE KIND 2) Start a project (to combat bullying!) or complete a kind act 3) Show your impact to be eligible for grants. Join us! YSA.org/KindnessRising.
 
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Each person who registers a project by January 15 and then shows their impact at YSA.org/KindnessRising by January 31 will be eligible for one of 10 $250 grants that will be awarded at the conclusion of this campaign.

GRANTS & AWARDS

BE FEARLESS BE KIND Grants for Organizations & K-12 Schools

Deadline: October 31

YSA and Hasbro will award BE FEARLESS BE KIND Grants of $500, $1,000, or $2,000 to nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools (public, private, and independent) in the United States to support high quality, youth-led community projects that take place between September 18 - December 15, 2017. Applications will be accepted and grants awarded on a rolling basis until October 31, 2017 at 5 PM Eastern time. Learn more and apply at www.YSA.org/BFBKGrants

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships

Deadline: December 5

This program recognizes students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in America. Scholarship winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant for their hunger-related charity. http://us.stop-hunger.org/home/grants.html

OPPORTUNITIES TO #LEADASAP

Say Something Week

October 16-20

During the week of October 16 - 20, 2017, schools and youth organizations across the United States will be participating in Say Something Week. Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through training, media events, advertising, public proclamations, contests and school awards. Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and Say Something to a trusted adult to protect a friend from hurting them self or others!  Say Something Week is a no-cost, easy to implement program from Sandy Hook Promise that focuses on preventing violence, suicide and fear-inducing threats before they happen.  Sign up for #SaySomething Week at http://www.sandyhookpromise.org/saysomethingweek

Upcoming Service & Awareness Events

Save the Date and Plan Ahead

October 5, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 39
    
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KINDNESS IS RISING

PLEDGE TO BE FEARLESS BE KIND

YSA and Hasbro are teaming up to support youth kindness, empathy, leadership, and service with the Kindness Rising campaign this fall! The campaign calls on all young people to stand up, be inclusive, and make a difference through service projects and kind acts. From fighting hunger, to advocating for the environment, to raising money for kids in need, youth can #LeadASAP. Join us!
Visit YSA.org/KindnessRising and follow these simple steps to help kindness rise in your program, classroom, neighborhood, or family between now and MLK Day of Service on January 15.
  1. Take the pledge to BE FEARLESS BE KIND. From now through December 20th, for each person who takes the pledge to be fearless and kind, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots, up to 250,000.
  2. Pick a project or kind act to do in your community! (Use our tools and resources to help you plan). Tell us about your idea and complete your project by January 15.
  3. Show your impact by January 31 at YSA.org/KindnessRising for the chance to be awarded one of ten $250 grants!
The Kindness Rising campaign is powered by YSA’s #LeadASAP initiative and is sponsored by Hasbro’s BE FEARLESS BE KIND. Learn more and get involved! YSA.org/KindnessRising
TAKE THE PLEDGE  AND GET STARTED

MLK Day of Service Impact School Grants

Deadline: November 10

Grants of up to $1,500 are available to participating schools in the United States that meaningfully engage students to #LeadASAP on national days of service (9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and Global Youth Service Day) and help them learn, lead, and achieve. YSA, in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, will select 50 K-12 public schools to receive a grant to support engaging students in a schoolwide service activities during the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (January 13-15, 2018) with some classes continuing through Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2018). www.YSA.org/MLKDayGrants

BE FEARLESS BE KIND Grants for Organizations & K-12 Schools

Deadline: October 31

YSA and Hasbro will award BE FEARLESS BE KIND Grants of $500, $1,000, or $2,000 to nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools (public, private, and independent) in the United States to support high quality, youth-led community projects that take place between September 18 - December 15, 2017. Applications will be accepted and grants awarded on a rolling basis until October 31, 2017 at 5 PM Eastern time. Learn more and apply at www.YSA.org/BFBKGrants

We Stand Strong Against Disasters Winners Announced

12 Finalists. Your Vote Decided.

Youth across the country proposed creative and innovative ideas to #LeadASAP and stand strong against disasters like hurricanes and wildfires by providing immediate relief to those affected by recent disasters, supporting long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts, and helping prepare their own communities for disasters. Your votes over the last week decided how much grant funding each would receive. The results are:
$100     Flood Safety: Emergency Flood Kits Creation - Charleston, South Carolina
$100     HOPE After Hurricane Harvey - Woodbridge, Virginia
$100     Philly Becomes Prepared - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$250     Project hurr-I-CAN-e Make a Difference - Jacksonville, Illinois
$250     South Florida Hurricane Relief Drive - Boca Raton, Florida
$250     Tyler's 1000 Book Giveaway Hurricane Drive - Halethorpe, Maryland
$500     Aidan and Ethan Morris USVI Hurricane Preparedness For Kids Project - Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands
$500     Fire Fighters Fund/Rebuild the Forest - Three Forks, Montana
$500     Jags Join In - Victoria, Texas
$1,000  Baskets with Benefits - Kings Bay, Georgia
$1,000  Change to Change Houston, Raffle to Rescue Houston, and Play with a Purpose - Hampton, Virginia
$1,000  Emergency Preparedness Kit Building Day for Youth - Chicago, Illinois
Learn more about all the winners at www.YSA.org/StandStrongVoting

How to Help Puerto Rico

Here is how you can help Puerto Rico rebuild as the U.S. territory grapples with a growing humanitarian crisis: donate, crowdfund, volunteer, spread the word. http://time.com/4964178/how-to-help-puerto-rico-donate-volunteer/

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

More Than 1 Out of Every 5 Students Report Being Bullied

When elementary students performed three acts of kindness per week they significantly increased their acceptance of peers compared to kids who did not perform three kind acts of kindness. Students who are taught kindness are more empathic, more socially aware and connected, and they receive higher grades too.
There are many ways to support bullying prevention as an individual, with friends and family, and within your school or community. Take action and show that you care about kids being safe at school, while online, and in the community. For bullying prevention programs and resources, check out:

Upcoming Service & Awareness Events

Save the Date and Plan Ahead


Everyday Young Hero

Anuhya Tadepalli - Alpharetta, Georgia

Anuhya Tadepalli is passionate about serving her community through the Red Cross, Med Share, and other church programs. She is an advocate of chess as a means to promote a balanced brain development in young children. Her personal vision is to help seniors to be active and independent, spreading their wisdom and joy in an age-friendly society. She learned that the ancient game of chess provides innumerable benefits for the elderly, such as the opportunity to socialize and stimulate both brain hemispheres by providing balanced exercises. Anuhya founded Chess for a Cause with the mission of improving mental health in seniors through brain exercises and increased interactions with youth.


2017 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

25 Young Heroes Who Are Making The World A Better Place

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. BarronPrize.org/meet-the-winners
"Dear Hate,
I saw you on the news today
Like a shock that takes my breath away
You fall like rain, cover us in drops of paint
I'm afraid that we just might drown...
You whisper down through history
and echo through these halls
But I hate to tell you, love's gonna conquer all!"


September 21, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 37
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Apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Grant by September 30to Support Your Youth-Led Volunteer Activities This Fall  


 
Disney is committed to strengthening communities around the world through volunteerism and wants to know what you're going to do to help make your community healthier, greener, and stronger - creating a brighter tomorrow. Starting this fall, Disney, through YSA, will offer $500 Disney Be Inspired grants to kids to implement volunteer projects in their community from November through MLK Day of Service in January. Click here for new resources, ideas and examples to help you get started.
  
Once you've chosen a project for the fall, visit www.YSA.org/BeInspired to apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Grant. All youth in the United States, ages 5-18, are eligible to apply through September 30, 2017. Youth can also apply on behalf of a class, an afterschool program, or a group in a youth development or community-based organization. 4-H, After-School All-Stars, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire, FCCLA, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, The Y (YMCA), and YWCA groups are especially encouraged to apply.
  Grants for Organizations and K-12 Schools
to Inspire Youth to BE FEARLESS BE KIND This Fall

UPCOMING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES 


Hunger Action Month
September is Hunger Action Month - a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. It's a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution. Will you join in?

Plan Ahead... 

STORIES OF SERVICE

Mai Griffith (16, Mission Viejo, California) has had a very caring heart since she was a little girl when she set up a lemonade stand to collect money for the Marines. Mai's mission is to improve the health and life quality of people living in developing countries. Mai finds a purpose in making sick orphans smile or changing a bandage for a sick person in need. Therefore, she decided to bring awareness to her friends and community about the people of Ghana by having fundraisers and tents at the local farmers market and reaching out to companies. She has even been able to contact a representative for Johnson & Johnson in Dubai UAE to get the test strips for the glucometers she had donated.
Last summer, Mai started her own nonprofit organization the Hearts for Hearts Foundation and, although she tried to do all the work on her own, she realized that she needed help from her peers and relatives. She understands that working with a team is more powerful than working by herself.
Her plan is to volunteer in developing countries every summer because she believes that traveling will give her the opportunity to spread the word about countries that people in her community are not familiar with. Traveling will also help her contact local hospitals to see what they need and find donors to acquire and collect medical supplies for them to use.

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

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK

"One" - Johnny Cash 




"One love, One blood, One life
You've got to do what you should
One life with each other
Sister, Brothers
One life, but we're not the same
We get to carry each other
Carry each other."

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 
September 14, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 36
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  Grants for Organizations and K-12 Schools
to Inspire Youth to BE FEARLESS BE KIND This Fall
Apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Grant by September 30to Support Your Fall Service Activities  


  
Disney is committed to strengthening communities around the world through volunteerism and wants to know what you're going to do to help make your community healthier, greener, and stronger - creating a brighter tomorrow. Starting this fall, Disney, through YSA, will offer $500 Disney Be Inspired grants to kids who plan to implement volunteer projects in their community. Click here for new resources, ideas and examples to help you get started.   
Once you've chosen a project for the fall, visit www.YSA.org/BeInspired to apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Grant. All youth in the United States, ages 5-18, are eligible to apply through September 30, 2017. Youth can also apply on behalf of a class, an afterschool program, or a group in a youth development or community-based organization. 4-H, After-School All-Stars, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire, FCCLA, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, The Y (YMCA), and YWCA groups are especially encouraged to apply.
  Awards for Youth Who Stand Strong Against Disasters




As the nation responds to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as the wildfires in the Western U.S., YSA will recognize young people who are standing strong against disasters.  

We're looking for creative and innovative ideas from youth who are providing immediate relief to those affected by recent disasters, supporting long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts, and helping prepare their own communities for disasters. Awards of $250, $500, and $1,000 will be awarded in each of three categories:
  • Disaster Relief
  • Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding
  • Disaster Preparedness
Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, September 20 at 5 PM Eastern time. Apply at www.YSA.org/standstrong 

UPCOMING SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES 


September is National Preparedness Month - a reminder that we must all take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for all the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, go to school, work, or visit. September 30 is National PrepareAthon! Dayhttps://community.fema.gov or https://www.ready.gov/september 


Plan Ahead... 

STORIES OF SERVICE

Bridget, Charlotte, and Lucy Carr (11, 9, and 8, Wyckoff, New Jersey) had been searching for a volunteer opportunity they could take part in together, but every time they had an idea it turned out they were too young. They then saw a tweet from one of their favorite soccer players, Raquel Rodriguez of Sky Blue FC and the Costa Rica national team about an incredible organization called Soccer Without Borders (SWB). With some help from their father, they decided to join the SWB's Ambassador program and they started a Greater Goals fundraiser focused on SWB's programs for girls in Granada, Nicaragua and Kampala, Uganda.

Bridget, Charlotte, and Lucy set up social media accounts to spread the word about SWB's work and sent many emails and messages to local soccer clubs, media members, and professional soccer players. Their club, World Class FC, made a $500 donation to the campaign. Several other people from the club also made personal donations. They also teamed up with another non-profit, called Positive Tracks, whose motto is "Youth + Athletics + Philanthropy = The New Awesome." Their hope is that kids like them across the country will be inspired to start their own Greater Goals campaign for SWB or give back in some other ways.

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
For the past 100 years, America's high schools have remained virtually unchanged. Yet the world around us has transformed dramatically. It's time to turn the American spirit of ingenuity towards our high schools and come together as a nation to give our students the education they deserve. Last week, some of the biggest names in entertainment joined students, parents, educators and more for a must-see television event. Watch it and find out how to get involved. 


Wednesday, September 20 at 1:30 Eastern
We all know that young people are more successful when they not only have academic knowledge, but also the social and emotional skills and mindsets needed to navigate life, college and work. Join Karen Pittman as she spends an hour with Kent Pekel, President and CEO of the Search Institute, to learn more about the Developmental Relationships Framework, a powerful new tool the Search Institute is using to help all adults - teachers, youth workers and most importantly families - understand and focus their actions to contribute to youth success. 

Thursday, September 21 at 11:30am Central
In this webinar, you'll learn: why it's important to focus on improving student motivation; the five factors Search Institute has identified that build student motivation; what makes a relationship transformative for a young person's development and success; and the research behind relationships and motivation.

Thirty-eight percent of kids don't know what their spark is. They haven't yet discovered what gets them excited, pushes them to learn and gives them purpose. We know that sparks are the first step to thriving-to creating a healthy, purposeful life. Adults are critical in kids' sparks journeys because we can get kids thinking and talking about sparks. We can earn their trust, start conversations and name the sparks we see come alive. 

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK

"Anything" - Thomas Kivi 




"It's true that no one lives forever
It's true that seeds can only grow
So to those who sulk and wallow
Don't try and dress this in cliche
You can't do everything  
with all of your tomorrows
But you can do anything
You can do anything today.
You gotta' do something today."

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 31, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 34
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Make a Bowling Set and plan a community play day with
Mickey & Friends!
  
 
Make & donate a Bottle Planter and make your community greener with Beaker from The Muppets!  

As school starts again and you're planning fall activities for your classes or programs, think about how your projects can use the activities students enjoy - like sports, arts, reading/learning, and nature/animals - to make a positive impact for others.

Disney is committed to strengthening communities around the world through volunteerism and wants to know what you're going to do to help make your community healthier, greener, and stronger - creating a brighter tomorrow. Starting this fall, Disney, through YSA, will offer $500 Disney Be Inspired grants to kids who plan to implement volunteer projects in their community. Click here for new resources, ideas and examples to help you get started.

We encourage you to consider the following events this fall as opportunities to plan youth-led community projects:
  • Bullying Prevention Month (October)
  • Make a Difference Day (October 28)
  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF (October 31)
  • Veterans Day (November 11th)
  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 11-18)
  • Family Volunteer Day (November 18)
  • Universal Children's Day (November 20)
  • Holiday Season (Thanksgiving, November 23 - January 1)
  • National Mentoring Month (January)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 15)
Once you've chosen a project for the fall, visit www.YSA.org/BeInspired to apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Grant. All youth in the United States, ages 5-18, are eligible to apply through September 30, 2017. Youth can also apply on behalf of a class, an afterschool program, or a group in a youth development or community-based organization. 4-H, After-School All-Stars, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire, FCCLA, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, The Y (YMCA), and YWCA groups are especially encouraged to apply.

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

Check out YSA's new teacher plan and student activity sheet from Scholastic to help you plan 9/11 Day of Service projects focused on helping veterans and military families as well as other resources for schools to engage their students in national days of service at http://www.scholastic.com/ysa-dayofservice  

NEWS FROM THE FIELD 
Hurricane Harvey is bringing catastrophic flooding to much of Texas' Gulf Coast. In times of disaster, Americans try to find ways to help and support devastated communities. Here are some reminders about what you can do as a concerned citizen when disaster strikes. People will return to find their lives and livelihoods upended, but there are plenty of organizations on the ground to help those victims rebuild. If you want to help or donate, here are lists of recommended organizations from the Houston ChronicleTexas MonthlyThe Weather ChannelThe Huffington Post, and NPR.

And a reminder that September is a perfect time to help prepare your own community for a disaster during National Preparedness Month.  
In September, we'll launch a new campaign in partnership with Hasbro's BE FEARLESS BE KIND signature philanthropic initiative to inspire and empower kids to have the compassion, empathy and courage to stand up for others and be inclusive throughout their lives. In the meantime, check out some ideas and resources to teach kindness and empathy in your classroom or youth programs.
World's Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. World's Largest Lesson 2017 begins on the September 18th - the week of the United Nations General Assembly and the anniversary of the adoption of the Global Goals. Here are some resources to help you get started planning to bring the World's Largest Lesson into your classroom or afterschool program.
The 2017-2018 school year is getting started, and teachers nationwide should expect students to want to discuss what happened in Charlottesville as well as other expressions of racial and religious hatred in the country. Given that the population of students in America's schools are now majority-minority, it's critical to address these topics. Here's help. Here's a look at how six Twin Cities teachers are processing recent events and thinking about approaching some tough conversations about the issues raised by Charlottesville in the classroom. 

GRANTS & AWARDS



Deadline: September 30
In observance of this year's September 11 National Day of Service we're partnering with My Good Deed to select one teacher from the United States to receive an expense-paid trip to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York. Want to be considered? Just add your name to the list before September 30There's absolutely no cost or obligation to enter, and other valuable prizes, like Starbucks and Staples gift cards, are also being offered to thank teachers across the country for helping students learn about, and participate in the federally-recognized 9/11 Day Observance. 


Deadline: September 30 
Captain Planet Foundation invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local & global environmental change-makers.  ecoSolution Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States. Captain Planet Foundation has developed four ecoSTEM Resource Kits - which are perfect for educators just getting started with project-based learning. These custom-curated and designed collections of lessons and the best materials and equipment identified for each project.
Deadline: September 30
Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood's environment. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, or restore a natural habitat.

STORIES OF SERVICE

Marco Nandalal (17, Belcamp, Maryland) has been working to have a positive impact upon literacy, hunger, and other needs of children who are homeless. Marco and his brother Mario, have served to successfully donate over 150 books and more than 200 new and like-new back-to-school outfits for children living in a homeless shelter in his area.

As a Board member of the We Cancerve Movement, Marco worked with Grace Callwood, Mario and other We Cancerve members during their Books & Buddies project. They collected books & book related "buddies" like stuffed toys, plastic animal figures, etc., and delivered them to hospitals and homeless shelters. Donations to the hospitals helped young children who were having chemotherapy, so that they could relax and enjoy reading while getting their infusions.  Likewise, books were delivered to homeless shelters on Dr. Seuss' birthday. Homeless children were given something to smile about and a new companion. They also worked on preparing baskets for shelters, hospitals & foster care homes. Their goal was to remind homeless, sick and foster children they have not been forgotten. By sharing "Eggstra Special" Easter baskets, they brought attention to issues such as poverty, hunger and other socioeconomic concerns.
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.

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK

"Try a Little Kindness" - Glenn Campbell  





"You got to try a little kindness 
Yes show a little kindness,
Just shine your light for everyone to see. 
And if you try a little kindness 
Then you'll overlook the blindness 
Of narrow-minded people  
on the narrow-minded streets
Don't walk around the down and out 
Lend a helping hand instead of doubt 
And the kindness that you show every day 
Will help someone along their way."

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 
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Michael Minks
Vice President of Operations, YSA (Youth Service America)
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One Week Left to Apply for
2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Grants 

 
There is just one week left for organizations to apply for the 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency program. As the official organizer of GYSD (April 20-22, 2018) in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies collaborate with partners to activate youth to acquire 21st Century Skills by solving community problems through service or service-learning projects.

Organizations located in the 50 U.S. states + DC are eligible to apply. Up to 100 organizations 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. The application deadline is August 31.

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    

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


In observance of this year's September 11 National Day of Service we're partnering with My Good Deed to select one teacher from the United States to receive an expense-paid trip to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York. Want to be considered? Just add your name to the list before September 30!

There's absolutely no cost or obligation to enter, and other valuable prizes, like Starbucks and Staples gift cards, are also being offered to thank teachers across the country for helping students learn about, and participate in the federally-recognized 9/11 Day Observance.

TEACH KINDNESS AND EMPATHY THIS SCHOOL YEAR 
  
In this video, parents are asked to come to their child's school to hear how they are doing at school. But instead of meeting a teacher, they get a report delivered from their child's best friend.

In September, we'll launch a new campaign in partnership with Hasbro's BE FEARLESS BE KIND signature philanthropic initiative to inspire and empower kids to have the compassion, empathy, and courage to stand up for others and be inclusive throughout their lives. In the meantime, check out the BE FEARLESS BE KIND Empathy Toolkit for educators with a variety of activities and lesson plans for elementary school children that demonstrate and encourage empathy and kindness in action.
Here are other ideas and resources to teach kindness and empathy in your classroom or youth programs.


The 2017-2018 school year is getting started, and teachers nationwide should expect students to want to discuss what happened in Charlottesville as well as other expressions of racial and religious hatred in the country. Given that the population of students in America's schools are now majority-minority, it's critical to address these topics. 
Teach Peace & Stand Up Against Hate
Here are additional ideas and tools to help you create peace.
World's Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. World's Largest Lesson 2017 begins on the September 18th - the week of the United Nations General Assembly and the anniversary of the adoption of the Global Goals. Here are some resources to help you get started planning to bring the World's Largest Lesson into your classroom or afterschool program.
Rock Your World is a dynamic project-based curriculum that engages middle and high school students in the use of creative media to take informed action about issues they care about. Flexible, free of charge and fully-aligned with Common Core Standards, Rock Your World inspires global citizenship while developing 21st century skills. Starting with an understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students research an issue of choice, then create a media-based advocacy campaign to promote awareness and ignite positive change.
Here are five basic steps to a successful service learning project - along with plenty of resources handpicked by TeacherVision to help you with your project from start to finish.

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 soon!


Deadline: September 30
The Walt Disney Company, through Youth Service America (YSA), will award $500 grants this fall to young changemakers who are working 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, age 5-18, to apply for this opportunity. www.YSA.org/BeInspired     

STORIES OF SERVICE

Avni Patel (17, Pleasanton, California) was inspired by the stories her grandfather told her about his life and the hardships that people faced in Zambia. These stories made her aware of the tremendous need for health care in remote areas of the world. Avni decided to get the needed orthopedic instruments for the Mambalima Hospital in Zambia.

Avni discovered that the Mambalima Hospital had several volunteer orthopedic surgeons, but lacked the orthopedic instruments needed to complete essential surgeries. Therefore, one of Avni's goals was to deliver the 96 stainless steel instruments that Dr. Gill - a volunteer orthopedic surgeon - had identified as the most needed ones to be able to perform around 60 orthopedic surgeries annually which would otherwise have been turned down.

Initially, Avni reached out to friends and family working in health care and local hospitals to ask for donations of used orthopedic instruments. When she learned that hospitals could not donate used equipment, Avni decided to raise funding to purchase these instruments. Countless hours were spent on applying for grants, securing a paid summer internship, and using funds from her job as the Pleasanton City Youth Commissioner to raise the money she needed and she certainly succeeded!
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.

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK

"Compassion (Change The World)" - Andrew Witt 





 
"Hope can drown in so much need
And that's a poor excuse to turn away...
Well, I can't change the world
But I can give all that I can
...
And when all is said and done
I can't change the world
But I can change the world for one"   

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 17, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 32
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Create a Culture of Service at Your School This Year 
  
If you're an educator that believes in the power of these opportunities, take the lead in signing up your school to be a Global School of Service

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 

NEWS FROM THE FIELD hate
The tragic events in Charlottesville - and Mr. Trump's response - have shocked the nation and sparked an important conversation about racism and hate... and provided a clear call to action for us all to be fearless and to be kind. Here are ideas and tools to help you create peace.

The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it - often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide from the Southern Poverty Law Center sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

Also from the SPLC, how can college students respond when white nationalists show up on campus? This Campus Guide to Countering Alt-Right Protesters offers answers.

This article from UpWorthy includes 16 ideas and resources for how you can stand up to hate and make a big difference.

How can teachers create a classroom environment that cultivates, instead of stifles, difficult discussions about race, class, politics, and culture? Here are 10 recommendations for teachers to develop a classroom ethos that encourages, advances, and addresses the toughest issues students face inside and outside of classroom.

Search Institute's CEO reflects on what "both sides" really means:
"The first and the best thing we can do to depart from that presumed path is to teach our children to understand all sides of a story while also recognizing that one side can be fundamentally (if not entirely) right and one side can be equally (if not entirely) wrong. In recent days the President of the United States has deeply confused right and wrong, and I hope that every parent, educator, and youth worker who cares about kids will help them understand and move beyond the President's false equivalence to develop the capacity to recognize right from wrong in the world in which they will live their lives."  

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 (April 20-22, 2018) in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies collaborate with partners to activate youth to acquire 21st Century Skills by solving community problems through service or service-learning projects. Organizations located in the 50 U.S. states + DC are eligible to apply. Up to 100 organizations 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    


Deadline: September 30
The Walt Disney Company, through Youth Service America (YSA), will award $500 grants this fall to young changemakers who are working 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, age 5-18, to apply for this opportunity. www.YSA.org/BeInspired
Deadline: September 30
Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood's environment. 

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

Jayden Watts (16, Sacramento, California) cares about inclusion because he has faced many issues due to his race throughout his life. He is aware of education inequity and how activities like debate are usually only accessible to students in schools with higher funding. Jayden works to ensure that low-income students can debate against tough competition from across the nation.

Jayden is one of the lead debaters that has excelled within The Sacramento Urban Debate League (SUDL). He has supported and advised low income students to join debate. His goal is to have students speak out about the oppression in their lives and other topics within debate, to be able to change the world. Jayden has taught younger students how to engage with arguments they relate to in order to help them become effective debaters and activists. He recognizes that education in debate is vital to remain competitive.

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 wll
World's Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. World's Largest Lesson 2017 begins on the September 18th - the week of the United Nations General Assembly and the anniversary of the adoption of the Global Goals. Here are some resources to help you get started planning to bring the World's Largest Lesson into your classroom or afterschool program.

This short course is designed for educators and all those who would like to teach children and young people about the Sustainable Development Goals, commonly known as the Global Goals. It is intended to support the teaching of the World's Largest Lesson and all other efforts to educate and engage children and young people so that they support the Sustainable Development Goals and want to turn their support into action.

To celebrate the World's Largest Lesson in 2017 we are asking children to think about how their food choices impact the SDGs and to pledge to make changes. From healthy eating to reducing wastage, eliminating plastic packaging, sourcing closer to home and checking on the practices of food producers, children will roll up their sleeves and fearlessly stand up for the children that are hungry right now and need our help.

There are a lot of goals - 17 in all - but there is a way to make these understandable and accessible to people of all ages...and make them fun to learn about - through the powerful entertainment medium of comics. By articulating the principles and values of the global goals through stories, imagery and even some famous characters, we can get people to think about these critical issues and what they means to their lives, their family and their communities.

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK

"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around"  





"Ain't gonna let racism turn me around... 
Ain't gonna let hatred turn me around... 
Ain't gonna let injustice turn me around... 
Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around 
Turn me around, turn me around 
Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around 
I'm gonna keep on a-walking,
keep on a-talking 
Marching down to freedom land." 
  

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 

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