Category Archives: middie school

Power of Youth Challenge — application deadline March 31, 2019

The Power of Youth Challenge invites students ages 13 – 18 (working in teams of 3 or more) to bring positive change to their communities by leading a local service project. The Power of Youth Challenge offers support and coaching. Every team that signs up will have access to mini-grants up to $250. Those who apply and complete their projects will be eligible for an accelerator grant of up to $5,000. Learn more. 

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants — deadline Feb. 15, 2019

Grants of up to $400 each are available to youth leaders ages  5 – 25 across the nation to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 12 – 14, 2019) and beyond. Get details and start your application on the Youth Service America website.

Global Youth Service Day — April 12 – 14, 2019

The 31st annual Global Youth Service Day will be held during the weekend of April 12-14. Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world and the only one that celebrates, expands, and sustains the capacity of all youth ages 5-25 and their communities to thrive by working together for the common good.

New this year: in addition to the usual service projects and celebration events, Youth Service America is encouraging young people to become activists and advocates to address root causes of problems through policy change and challenging everyone to help renew the spirit of democracy and citizenship that’s under threat around the world.

Find ideas and resources on the Youth Service America website.

Free overnight camp for children dealing with bereavement — register now for camp in April 2019

The Counseling Center at Stella Maris is pleased and excited to announce the dates of its 9th annual overnight bereavement camp for childrenCamp Me Too, continuing its more than 30-year commitment to providing bereavement services to children throughout Maryland.

Camp Me Too! will again be held on the beautiful grounds of Camp Puh’Tok in Monkton, Maryland. The overnight camp offers three days and two nights of programming, beginning after school on Friday, April 26 and culminating at noon on Sunday, April 28.

Thanks to generous community donors, The Counseling Center is able to offer this program at no charge to grieving children from ages 8 – 16.

This will be a meaningful event that can make a transformative difference in the life of a grieving child. All applicants must complete a registration form and attend an in-person interview at The Counseling Center at Stella Maris. Registrations are available online or they can be sent to prospective campers via regular mail. Please note the camp can only accept 26 campers, and spots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so families are encouraged to register early. Children who have already attended Camp Me Too! may ask to be added to the waiting list, but spots will first be offered to those who haven’t yet had an opportunity to attend the camp.

Completed registrations may be emailed to, faxed to 410-560-9690, or mailed to The Counseling Center at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Rd. Timonium, MD 21093. Please call 410-252-4500, ext. 7291 for more information or with any questions.


Youth Voices Contest — deadline Jan. 15, 2019

A national organization — Strategies for Youth — is coordinating a contest regarding police and youth interactions.

Students, ages 12 – 18, can enter individually and as groups and express their ideas for improving interactions between police and youth. Submissions can be essays, drawings, paintings, cartoons, animated cartoons,photographs, sculptures, collages, or videos.

Two prizes will be awarded:

$1,000 for a winner (age 12 – 14)

$1,500 for a winner (age 15 – 18)

Written entries and photos or scans of artwork should be emailed to:

Art submissions may also be mailed to Strategies for Youth, Contest, PO Box 390174, Cambridge, MA 02139.

For questions please email: or call 617-714-3789.

Visit the Strategies for Youth website for more detailed instructions.


Opportunities galore! Contests, programs, and activities approved by secondary school principals

Looking for competitions, summer programs, career exploration programs, leadership development opportunities and more? The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) maintains a free online, searchable database. All the programs in the database have been reviewed and approved on the basis of educational value, financial support, organizational structure, promotional accuracy, and fair, appropriate adjudication. This is a national list, so not all opportunities are open or easily accessible to BCPS students, but it is definitely worth exploring.

Enter NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge — deadline March 31, 2019

NPR (National Public Radio) is hosting a Student Podcast Challenge for students from Grades 5 – 12. Podcasts, from 3 – 12 minutes long, can be from classes or extracurricular groups and will need to be submitted with help from a teacher. Winning submissions will be aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered programs.

Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 1 – March 31, 2019. For more information, a submission guide, suggested prompts, and official rules, visit the NPR website.

Winners will be announced in April.