December 14, 2010

Service Learning Funding Available: January Deadlines

Youth Service America is seeking applications for two grant programs to support service learning projects taking place during Semester of Service 2011.

The National Education Association (NEA) is partnering with Youth Service America to offer 30 Youth Leaders for Literacy grants to support service learning projects focused on increasing young people's interest in reading and in efforts to improve literacy in schools and communities. Projects must be youth-led (ages five to 25) and must address an established literacy need in the applicant's school or community. The projects will launch on NEA's Read across America Day on March 2, 2011 and culminate on Global Youth Service Day. Applications are due by January 5, 2011.

Youth Service America is also working with Special Olympics to offer [Get into It] grants that bring together students of all abilities to fight childhood obesity in their schools and communities. The program awards grants of $500 or $1,000 to help youth create and implement service learning programs to fight childhood obesity. Projects will launch on Spread the Word to End the Word Day on March 2, 2011 and, like the Youth Leaders for Literacy awards, conclude on Global Youth Service Day, April 15-17, 2011. Applications are due by January 19, 2011 and must be completed by a teacher and a unified pair of students (one with and one without an intellectual disability).

Special Olympics will host an application training webinar on January 4, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

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