Global Youth Service Day – April 20-22, 2018 – is a time for kids to find their voice, take action, and make an impact on issues they care about. Every year, hunger is the issue that more youth take on than any other. It’s clear that they see this issue deeply affecting their peers and sometimes, their own families. Last year, one Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant applicant told us:
“This issue is important to me because I am the face of hunger at our school. You would not know it to look at me, but there is no food in my home that does not come from school toward the end of the month. I do everything I can to hide this fact from my friends. I bring home meals from school to eat later, and feel shame that my family has nothing. The last two weeks of the month my family can be found at the food banks asking for help and sometimes there is no help to be had. My younger siblings struggle with their basic needs, so they cannot adequately focus on their academics. I know I can make a change for families like mine, and I would like an opportunity to do so.”
One in six children in America are at risk of hunger like this family. This is a problem that can be solved, and we know that kids are the best problem solvers. Suggested GYSD project ideas include:
- Organizing food drive(s) or fundraiser(s)
- Growing healthy food/gardening at your school or in your community
- Starting or supporting a backpack feeding program
- Organizing a one-time project that increases ongoing capacity at a food bank, shelter, or community kitchen
- Teaching about healthy eating on a budget
- Helping families access SNAP benefits, free or reduced lunch, and/or summer meal programs.
- Recovering surplus food
- Organizing an advocacy and/or awareness campaign
YSA and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation are looking for innovative projects led by young people using the ideas above to help end childhood hunger in their communities. 125 $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn these ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) and beyond. $400 Summer 2018 Sustainability Grants will also be awarded to up to 25 youth grantees to sustain and continue their GYSD projects.
The deadline to apply is next Monday, February 12, so start your application today at www.YSA.org/SodexoYouth
Le concours vidéo annuel “Teens Dream” est maintenant ouvert aux participants!
Les vidéos des participants et gagnants des 3 dernières éditions du concours “Teens Dream” peuvent être regardées dans notre Galerie, ici, ainsi qu’une carte avec leur localisation!
Translation by William Boucher, French Teens Dream 2016 Winner
Introducing Born This Way Foundation’s Channel Kindness Awards!
Powered by Peace First
Do you believe kindness is a force for good? Are you using generosity and compassion to power positive change in your community?
Then we want YOU to apply for a Born This Way Foundation Channel Kindness Award.
Earlier this year, Born This Way Foundation launched Channel Kindness. Powered by the passion and purpose of young people, it’s shining a light on the amazing acts of kindness – big and small – that shape our lives and communities each day. We’ve been so inspired by the response, Born This Way Foundation is taking Channel Kindness with us when we hit the road this summer along with our co-founder Lady Gaga as she embarks on her Joanne World Tour.
We’ll be picking a Channel Kindness Award winner in eight of our tour cities this summer and fall and we can’t wait to hear about the incredible work that is happening across the country. We’re looking for young people ages 13 to 24 who are improving their schools and supporting their communities through acts of kindness. The eight winners will each receive $500 and support from Born This Way Foundation and Peace First as they continue to drive positive change.
Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists.
If you have a big idea to protect or restore the environment; if you have a vision for a more sustainable future; if you have a strong track record of instigating change; if you are unafraid of failure; and if you believe in a bright future for our planet, then you just might have what it takes to become a Young Champion of the Earth.
The Earth Optimism global mission celebrates a focus-shift in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability, from problems and losses to hope and solutions. To spread this message we are highlighting examples of conservation success at the first Earth Optimism Summit, a three day event,April 21-23, 2017, hosted by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC with partner events across the globe. The Summit will be a gathering of 100 speakers and over 1000 thought leaders, practitioners, pioneering scientists, artists, environmentalists, civic leaders, media, and other conservation-minded citizens. We will convene to discuss and share stories of what is working in conservation and discuss solutions for addressing climate change and biodiversity sustainability.
The power of media, including video shorts, is an important part of this storytelling celebration. A panel of industrial professionals will select up to three contest winners who:
∞ Effectively communicate a story of conservation success.
∞ Showcase a compelling and engaging narrative
∞ Produce a video no longer than 2 minutes, including titles and credits
∞ Are at the undergraduate or graduate level
∞ Create original work, produced and narrated in English
∞ Submit video to filmfreeway.com by March 3, 2017, 11:59pm US EST
The Smithsonian Institution reserves the right to post videos to websites and social media. No Submissions accepted after March 3, 2017. Winners will be announced in early March. Questions about video contest may be addressed to EOSummitContest@si.edu
- Make a short film about a big idea in science or math
- Win a $250,000 scholarship and a brand new science lab for your school
- Join the superstars of science – prize presented at a live televised ceremony
We’re proud to partner with the Breakthrough Junior Challenge video contest again this year. Enter for a chance to win a $250,000 college scholarship.
To enter, create a short video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way.
Anyone ages 13 through 18 is eligible to enter. The winner’s teacher will receive a $50,000 prize, and their school will get a new $100,000 science lab. The winner will also be invited to an awards ceremony, where the prize will be presented in front of the superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.
Good luck, and we can’t wait to see your videos!
Sal and the Khan Academy team
APPLY FOR A MICROGRANT
As part of our efforts to support youth volunteerism, we started a microgrant program in fall 2014. We are encouraging kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, we want to hear what project you’re passionate about.
Want to make a difference? Take action? Solve a tough community problem? Whether you’re a child, teen, educator, or adult champion, YSA Grants can power your service and service-learning projects year-round.
Why grants? YSA believes in investing in youth as problem solvers to address the most important challenges facing our world. This bold strategy put children and youth in the driver’s seat and gives them the power to plan, implement, and witness the full impact of their service. YSA know that youth bring new strategies, skills and initiative to solve the world’s most challenging issues. YSA Grants can help.
Applications Open for the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program!
The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the OCP Policy Center are proud to announce the fifth edition of the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program. Held under the theme “Changing Mental Maps: Strategies for an Atlantic in Transition,” this unique opportunity for rising leaders will take place December 12-16, 2016, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The program will precede and include The Atlantic Dialogues.
The Atlantic Dialogues
Launched in 2012, The Atlantic Dialogues is a leading annual forum for decision-makers to discuss global issues and partnerships, with an emphasis on the Southern Atlantic and transatlantic relations beyond North-North lines. This high-level gathering is a unique opportunity for leaders from the four continents of the Atlantic to debate the changing dynamics across the wider basin and help shape the transatlantic agenda.
Three Dot Dash is a global youth initiative of We Are Family Foundation (WAFF). It is a social entrepreneur incubator and accelerator aimed to amplify the work of young people making an extraordinary impact. WAFF was founded in 2002 as a response to 9/11. Our founder, legendary musician Nile Rodgers, wanted WAFF to be bigger than his world renown song, “We Are Family”. WAFF answered with a movement…Three Dot Dash. We Are Family Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the visions of a global family by creating programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing and mentoring the vision, talents and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world.
Nile Rodgers amplifies musicians. We Are Family Foundation amplifies youth.
A multitude of opportunities for youth globally!
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