Category Archives: service learning

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.

AmeriCorps options for high school seniors and others

AmeriCorps is an option for high school seniors and college students, especially those needing support in planning their next steps. Additionally, a high school diploma or GED is not required to participate in AmeriCorps, making it an excellent option for students who have dropped out of school. AmeriCorps works to meet the needs of each individual in terms of education and training, including those with low reading and math skills. For those already enrolled in a college or technical school, most award college credits for internship/co-op experience for their months of service.

Through AmeriCorps, students are assigned to nonprofits, government agencies, institutions, and community-based organizations. In exchange for their 10 months of service, students receive money for future college study/job training or to pay off existing student loans (equal to current Pell Grant), student loan deferment, living allowances, health benefits, and new job skills.

AmeriCorps offers two Federal programs for 18 to 24 year olds including the NCCC Traditional Corps (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the FEMA Corps, which is focused on response to natural disasters.  Additionally, for those 18 and over with existing leadership skills (no upper age restriction) there is a Team Leader option for both NCCC and FEMA. Team Leaders manage groups of 8 to 10 young adults. All programs are open to citizens of any U.S. state or territory.

Learn more.

Operation Prevention Video Challenge — deadline March 6, 2019

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education announce the launch of the third annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge – a peer-to-peer platform for communicating messages about the dangers of opioid misuse.

Part of DEA’s Operation Prevention program, the video challenge encourages teens to create a 30-60 second original public service announcement that alerts other students about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. Overall, the challenge aims to inspire teens to research the opioid epidemic, identify its widespread impact on the country and the substances’ harmful effects on the body, and start a social movement that encourages authentic dialogue about this critical issue. The top 10 finalist videos will be uploaded to operationprevention.com for a public vote to determine the People’s Choice winner. Winning PSAs will be featured on-air, and across Discovery Education and DEA digital and social media platforms.

Prizes for winning submissions, include:

  • 1st place: $10,000;
  • 2nd place: $5,000;
  • 3rd place: $1,000; and
  • People’s Choice: A VIP trip to Quantico, Virginia, for a tour of the DEA Training Academy – Do you have what it takes to be a Junior Special Agent for the day?

The Operation Prevention Video Challenge is now open and will close on March 6, 2019. Public voting for the People’s Choice winner will take place April 11-25, 2019. United States high school students, ages 13 and older, can register and find more information about the challenge here.

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.

Bank of America Student Leaders Program – deadline Feb. 1, 2019

The Bank of America student leaders program offers:

  • a paid 8-week internship at a local nonprofit
  • a weeklong Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.
  • the opportunity to develop leadership and career skills and connect with like-minded students from nearby and across the country

Learn more online.