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We all want to make our communities – and our planet – greener, safer, healthier, fairer, and stronger.  YSA believes that youth have a unique ability to change the world, thanks to their passion, creativity, and willingness to look at old problems in new ways.

That is why we are partnering with Genesee Serves, with the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, to launch the Genesee County Youth #LeadASAP campaign.  Our goal is to engage youth (ages 5-18) in youth-led, high-quality service projects that address an authentic community need AND provide youth with skills they need to succeed in work, school, and life.

If you are an organization or K-12 school that provides opportunities for youth to #LeadASAP, we invite you to apply to be part of this campaign.

YSA and Genesee Serves will hold a free training in Flint in December to help participants get started.

Schools and organizations participating in the training will be eligible for grants of up to $1,500 each to support high quality, youth-led service projects that take place January 1 – May 1, 2018.  Participants – both grantees and non-grantees – will receive other support from YSA and Genesee Serves, including free resources, training, networking, and recognition opportunities.

YSA empowers youth to “Lead ASAP” through Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy. When youth #LeadASAP, they acquire the skills they need to be successful in school, work, and life – skills like creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

Successful participants will: 

  • Integrate youth voice and leadership into all aspects of project planning.
  • Describe how their projects will provide an opportunity for students to develop critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.
  • Describe how their projects will address a significant community need to help fulfill one of the 17 Global Goals, including plans to assess impact against stated goals.
  • Demonstrate storytelling capacity to use project impacts to inspire and promote more youth to serve year-round.

Eligibility

  • Eligible organizations include nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools (public, private, and independent).  Organizations and schools must be based in Genesee County.
  • Organizations and schools must designate at least one representative (youth encouraged to attend with adult sponsor) to attend a half-day, free training in Flint in December (date TBD).
  • Service activities should take place between January 1 – May 1, 2018.

Ends on October 31, 2017

Grants for Organizations and K-12 Schools


We all want to make our communities – and our planet – greener, safer, healthier, fairer, and stronger.  YSA believes that empathy is key to improving the world. We are partnering with Hasbro’s signature philanthropic initiative, BE FEARLESS BE KIND, to encourage young people to stand up for others, include everyone, and take action when they see a problem.

The BE FEARLESS BE KIND grants give young people an opportunity to put their empathy, passion, and creativity into action as they #LeadASAP help make the world a better place!

YSA empowers youth to “lead ASAP” through Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy. When youth #LeadASAP, they acquire the skills they need to be successful in life – skills like empathy, creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

If you are an organization or K-12 school that provides opportunities for youth to BE FEARLESS BE KIND and then to #LeadASAP, we are offering grants up to $2,000 each to support high quality, youth-led service 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.

Grants of $250, $500, $1,000, and $2,000 are available, based on the number of youth volunteers you will engage and the length of your project.

Awareness:  Youth are FEARLESS AND KIND when they raise awareness, sharing information and teaching others to positively change behaviors (e.g., promoting healthy living, recycling, safe driving)

Service:  Youth are FEARLESS AND KIND when they serve their community, using their creativity, time, and talent to directly meet community needs (e.g., tutoring seniors; planting trees; cleaning beaches)

Advocacy:  Youth are FEARLESS AND KIND when they advocate for a better world, speaking out and joining others to influence policy makers to change policies and laws, especially when they affect young people (e.g., youth representation; city council policy; tuition assistance)

Philanthropy:  Youth are FEARLESS AND KIND when they are philanthropic, collecting and donating financial and in-kind support (e.g., car washes; bake sales; dance-a-thons; sports tournaments).


# of Youth Volunteers

One-Day Project

Multi-Week Project

100

$250

$500

250

$500

$1,000

500

$1,000

$2,000


Successful applicants will:

  • Integrate youth voice and leadership into all aspects of project planning.
  • Describe how their projects will provide an opportunity for students to develop compassion, empathy, and courage as well as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.
  • Engage at least 100, 250, or 500 youth (ages 5-18) in a single day of service, or over a multi-week period.
  • Describe how their projects will address a significant community need to help fulfill one of the 17 Global Goals, including plans to assess project impact against stated goals.
  • Demonstrate storytelling capacity to use project impacts to inspire and promote more youth to serve year-round.

Eligibility

  • Eligible organizations include nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools (public, private, and independent).
  • Organizations must be based in the United States, and funds must be used in the United States.
  • Service activities should take place between September 18 – December 15, 2017.
Ends on April 30, 2018
Thank you for your interest in joining the Global Partner Network! If you have any questions as you complete the form below, please contact us at outreach@ysa.org.
Ends on November 10, 2017

YSA’s Global Schools of Service program supports K-12 schools 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.

Grants of up to $1,500 are available to participating schools in the United States that use YSA’s programs to authentically and 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 13th – January 15th, 2018).

Program Benefits:

  • Up to $1,500 grant to support your MLK Jr. Day of Service event(s) as part of your ongoing School of Service activities (including Global Youth Service Day)
  • Ongoing technical support, resources, and networking
  • Ongoing networking opportunities with other Global Schools of Service across the country
  • A platform to grow your service initiative.

Eligibility:

  • Public schools and public charter schools or school districts in the 50 U.S. states and DC
  • School administrator, teacher, or student leader with permission from school administration

Selected grantees will commit to:

  • Plan a schoolwide service project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (minimum of 500 youth/adults participating in the service project)
  • Plan at least one project that focuses on economic opportunity supporting economically disadvantaged individuals. (This may be the grantee’s only project for the MLK Jr. Day of Service or it may be one of several projects that address other issues.)
  • Train teachers and/or student leaders at your school on how to organize projects
  • Documenting the service event attendance and impact made and report to YSA
  • Discuss the meaning & history of MLK Jr. Day of Service and teaching of Dr. King with students (with help and resources from YSA)
  • Engage youth traditionally not asked to serve (students with disabilities, students from low-income families, etc.)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 10th, 2017

Ends on October 31, 2017

Grants for Organizations and K-12 Schools


We all want to make our communities – and our planet – greener, safer, healthier, fairer, and stronger.  YSA believes that empathy is key to improving the world. We are partnering with Hasbro’s signature philanthropic initiative, BE FEARLESS BE KIND, to encourage young people to stand up for others, include everyone, and take action when they see a problem.

The BE FEARLESS BE KIND grants give young people an opportunity to put their empathy, passion, and creativity into action as they #LeadASAP help make the world a better place!

YSA empowers youth to “lead ASAP” through Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy. When youth #LeadASAP, they acquire the skills they need to be successful in life – skills like empathy, creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

If you are an organization or K-12 school that provides opportunities for youth to BE FEARLESS BE KIND and then to #LeadASAP, we are offering grants up to $2,000 each to support high quality, youth-led service 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.

Grants of $250, $500, $1,000, and $2,000 are available, based on the number of youth volunteers you will engage and the length of your project.

Awareness:  Youth are FEARLESS AND KIND when they raise awareness, sharing information and teaching others to positively change behaviors (e.g., promoting healthy living, recycling, safe driving)

Service:  Youth are FEARLESS AND KIND when they serve their community, using their creativity, time, and talent to directly meet community needs (e.g., tutoring seniors; planting trees; cleaning beaches)

Advocacy:  Youth are FEARLESS AND KIND when they advocate for a better world, speaking out and joining others to influence policy makers to change policies and laws, especially when they affect young people (e.g., youth representation; city council policy; tuition assistance)

Philanthropy:  Youth are FEARLESS AND KIND when they are philanthropic, collecting and donating financial and in-kind support (e.g., car washes; bake sales; dance-a-thons; sports tournaments).


# of Youth Volunteers

One-Day Project

Multi-Week Project

100

$250

$500

250

$500

$1,000

500

$1,000

$2,000


Successful applicants will:

  • Integrate youth voice and leadership into all aspects of project planning.
  • Describe how their projects will provide an opportunity for students to develop compassion, empathy, and courage as well as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.
  • Engage at least 100, 250, or 500 youth (ages 5-18) in a single day of service, or over a multi-week period.
  • Describe how their projects will address a significant community need to help fulfill one of the 17 Global Goals, including plans to assess project impact against stated goals.
  • Demonstrate storytelling capacity to use project impacts to inspire and promote more youth to serve year-round.

Eligibility

  • Eligible organizations include nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools (public, private, and independent).
  • Organizations must be based in the United States, and funds must be used in the United States.
  • Service activities should take place between September 18 – December 15, 2017.