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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.


  • 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.

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