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Current Funding Opportunities for Youth-Led Projects

Posted in General, Service-Learning by KIDS Consortium on July 30, 2010

Now is the time to think about 2010-2011 school year service-learning projects! Here are a few current funding opportunities for youth-led projects:

  • Strong Communities Competition: This competition seeks innovative projects and ideas that engage citizens to steer change and build strong communities. Three winners will receive $5,000, and eight finalists will get to attend the Community Matters 2010 Conference. Community Matters has a special interest in receiving submissions from young people. Apply by August 11. http://www.changemakers.com/node/83131
  • UnitedHealth HEROES Program: This service-learning, health literacy initiative developed by UnitedHealth Group and Youth Service America awards grants of up to $1,000 to help young people create and implement local, hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity. Applications available August 2. http://www.YSA.org/grants
  • WaysToHelp.org: Teens can apply for grants to fund their community service ideas by visiting http://www.waystohelp.org, selecting “See Ways To Help” for one of the 16 issue areas, then clicking “Apply for a Grant.”  Rolling deadline. http://www.waystohelp.org
  • KIDS Consortium Green Mini-Grants: We will again be offering mini-grants for environmental sustainability KIDS model service-learning projects in New England. Priority will be given to educators who have attended a KIDS Consortium Summer Institute for Educators. Apply by September 13. http://www.kidsconsortium.org/2010minigrnt.php

There are several email lists and websites that list current grant and competition opportunities regularly. One that has many opportunities applicable to K-12 service-learning is http://www.ysa.org/grants, and you can subscribe to their email list from that page.

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Summer of Summer Institutes

Posted in Professional Development, Service-Learning, Summer Institutes by KIDS Consortium on July 1, 2010

Teachers at the Florida InstituteIt’s a hot summer for service-learning here at KIDS. Last year, we held two incredibly successful four-day service-learning institutes for educators. This year, there are four.

Last week, education consultants Barbara Fiore and Matt Robinson presented the first-ever KIDS Consortium Summer Institute to be held in sunny Florida. Learn and Serve Florida partnered with KIDS Consortium to provide scholarships for teachers, State Farm Insurance generously donated the meeting space, and a wonderful group of creative, engaged, energetic teachers dedicated four days to learning about service-learning.

The institute last week has really helped me understand the standards and the various formats I can use to implement service-learning in my classroom. It has also expanded my ability to promote the service-learning teaching strategy!

—Kristy, middle school teacher, Lithia, FL

If that piques your interest at all, you’re in luck! KIDS Consortium is offering three more institutes this summer.

  • Albany, New York: July 13-16
  • Portland, Maine: July 20-23
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts: August 17-20

There are a few spaces left at the New York training, and registration for Massachusetts is still open.

Also, three graduate credits are available for an additional $200, from Salem State College/Northeast Consortium.

Everything you need to learn more, register, and apply for a scholarship is here: http://www.kidsconsortium.org/institute_for_educators.php

We look forward to seeing you there!

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