YSA is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Lead Agency program to activate youth volunteers on September 11th National Day of Service & Remembrance, MLK Day of Service weekend, and Global Youth Service Day! Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Lead Agency Program offers youth development organizations, community-based organizations, and schools/school districts grant funding, capacity-building training, and ongoing partnership support to effectively recruit and engage young people in meaningful service activities.

Lead Agencies are a vital part of creating a culture in which all young people have the opportunity and support to find their voice, take action, and make an impact in their communities. As a Lead Agency, nonprofit organizations and schools are responsible for convening partner coalitions of youth development and community-based organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, national service programs, and faith-based organizations. In turn, these coalitions activate youth, ages 5-25, to lead service or service-learning projects through which they can acquire 21st Century Skills (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking). 

For the 2018-2019 program, YSA is offering grants of up to $6,000. Through their partner coalitions, Lead Agency grantees will be required to activate a minimum of 1,000 youth for each of three days of service (9/11 Day, MLK Day, and GYSD).  Applicants should focus on engaging middle and high-school aged youth, especially those from underserved communities.  Applicants may work locally, regionally, or statewide, and must be based in the United States. 

Grantees are required to coordinate at least one project focused on veterans or military families for 9/11 Day, and at least one project focused on economic opportunity and financial literacy for MLK Day. Grantees are also required to record and report names of all volunteers for each day of service.

Applications will be reviewed and grantees selected on a rolling basis through Friday, August 10, so apply below as soon as possible.

If you have any questions as you fill out your application, please contact Katie Reusch, Partnerships Manager, at kreusch@ysa.org

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.

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Youth can use the activities they enjoy to #LeadASAP through an Awareness, Service, Advocacy or Philanthropy (ASAP) project. Tapestry Collection by Hilton™ and Youth Service America are partnering to activate youth to organize projects that improve neighborhoods around new Tapestry Collection locations.


Tapestry Collection grants of $1,000 will be awarded to up to 5 youth, schools, youth development/afterschool programs, and community-based organizations in cities with a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel to support youth-led projects that activate volunteers ages 12-25.


Proposed projects should address a cause in the community (such as poverty, hunger, health and well-being, education, equality, safety, climate change, environment, peace, etc.) by either educating others, volunteering, advocating, or fundraising. Youth will incorporate the arts into their projects to share their unique stories!


Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized by Hilton and Youth Service America at an event at The Bernic Hotel New York City, Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

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