State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant
State Farm® and Youth Service America (YSA) know that students, teachers and schools can use service-learning as a tool to help youth build stronger academic skills, foster civic responsibility and develop leadership abilities. Service-learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service and curriculum or program-based learning. Join millions of young people across the globe who are impacting their communities through service-learning.
Youth Service America and the State Farm Companies Foundation are offering the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant for youth across the United States (must be residing in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia). These grants of up to $1,000 support youth (ages 5-25), teachers, or school-based service-learning coordinators in implementing service-learning projects for National and Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2007. Projects can address any number of themes including the environment, disaster relief, health, teen issues, education, interfaith dialogue, intergenerational relationships, homelessness, and literacy, amongst others.
To learn more, download application and grant guidelines below. Still have questions? Email GoodNeighbor@ysa.org.Postmark deadline: Monday, October 16.
The 2007 Harris Wofford Awards
RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING YOUTH, ORGANIZATIONS AND MEDIA OUTLETS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THIS NATION'S SPIRIT OF SERVICE.
Youth Service America is pleased to administer the prestigious 2007 Harris Wofford Awards, sponsored by State Farm Companies Foundation ®. Established in 2002, the Harris Wofford Awards were created to honor former Senator Harris Wofford - one of our nation's greatest public servants. The Awards recognize extraordinary achievements in three categories: Youth (ages 12-25), Organization (nonprofit, corporate, foundation), and Media (organization or individual) for actively contributing towards, "making service and service-learning the common expectation and common experience of every young person.”
A selection committee comprised of distinguished leaders in the service field is convened by Youth Service America to review nominations. Award Finalists will be honored and presented with an award of recognition at the 18th Annual National Service-Learning Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The recipient in the Youth category will receive a $500 award for him/herself and a $500 award for the non-profit organization of his/her choice. Travel arrangements, including airfare and accommodation, will be provided for each award recipient.
One award winner will be chosen in each of the following three categories. Self-nominations are permitted.
YOUTH The Youth Award will be given to one youth (ages 12 -25) who is a legal resident of the U.S. who demonstrates exemplary commitment and action to involve his or her peers in service, youth voice, service-learning or civic engagement activities. Youth nominees should be active in volunteering themselves, but even more so in helping to mobilize and inspire other youth. The nominee’s activities can be focused on the local, state, or national level. The recipient will receive a $500 award for him/herself and $500 to give to a non-profit of his or her choice to support program activities.
ORGANIZATION The Organization Award will be given to a local, state, or national nonprofit organization, foundation or corporation with a demonstrated record of activity and impact devoted to youth service, youth voice, service-learning, or civic engagement. Activities should clearly reflect efforts to increase the scale, effectiveness, and sustainability of the youth service and service-learning field..
MEDIA The Media Award, chosen by a selection panel, will be given to a media institution or individual member of the media who makes a commitment to the importance of reporting accurately and comprehensively on youth and youth service issues (such as service, youth voice, service-learning, or civic engagement). Eligible media sources include newspapers, magazines, television, radio, or online news..