Category Archives: student leadership

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.

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.

The Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement – deadline Feb. 2019

From Yale’s website:

Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) will bestow the Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement on a select number of high school juniors (class of 2020) in the United States in Spring 2019.

Yale Bassett Award winners will demonstrate a record of creative leadership and public service, academic distinction, interdisciplinary problem solving, and experience addressing societal issues that might include, but need not be limited to, race and racism. Students with non-traditional leadership experiences or significant work experiences are also encouraged to apply.

Winners will receive a book selected by the faculty of the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration and, they will be invited to a gathering on Yale’s campus, hosted by the Center, in the Fall of 2019.

Applications are being accepted now through Feb. 2019. See the website for more details.

Register to vote — deadline is Oct. 16 for the Nov. 6 general election

If you will be at least 18 years of age by Nov. 6, you can register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. The deadline for registration is 9 p.m. on Oct. 16. You can register online here.