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.


  • 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

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