Category Archives: student government

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.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for young volunteers — Nov. 6, 2018 deadline

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is launching its 24th annual search for exemplary young volunteers. The process begins at the school level. Students fill out applications online and submit them to their principals. Schools then choose their top youth volunteers who go on to compete at the state level. State honorees can win $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Competition is open to students in Grades 5 – 12.

Be a voice for Maryland students: Apply now, deadline Aug. 15

Looking for a new way to get your voice heard?

David Edimo, the student member of the Maryland State Board of Education, is looking for middle and high school students to join his Advisory Council. The council will be a forum to discuss issues affecting students and will help David communicate with students throughout the state.

While all students are encouraged to apply, David is specifically seeking students who are not already very active in student government. He also is seeking geographic diversity. Serving is not an intensive commitment as the group will probably meet once a month and typically via teleconference.

If you are interested — or know someone who might be, the application is available at The deadline is August 15. Any questions can be emailed to

U.S. Senate Youth program offers juniors, seniors opportunity to explore government, leadership issues

Each year, two student leaders from every state are selected to attend a weeklong government and leadership opportunity called the United States Senate Youth program. Through this program, which is in its 54th year, juniors and senior school officeholders from across the nation will meet with legislative, executive, and judicial leaders to discuss political issues that affect the nation. The all-expenses-paid trip to Washington is scheduled for March 5-12, 2016. Each participant also receives a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship and encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

The deadline for applying to this program is Thursday, September 24, 2015, and it is open to any Baltimore County junior or senior who holds elected or appointed positions during the current school year, including student council members and officers, class presidents, vice presidents, secretaries or treasurers, or student representatives elected or appointed to district, regional or state civic or educational organizations. High school principals are allowed to nominate one student per school; nominees will complete a qualifying exam, which will determine 10 finalists from whom each state’s candidates will be chosen.

Application forms from nominated students, which may be obtained from each high school counseling office, should be turned in by September 24 to Michele Moore, Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore St., 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201.  For more information about the program, visit:, or for additional information, contact Vanessa Diggs at 410-767-0653 or via email at