Youth Service America: Lead Agency GrantsDeadline: June 14, 2019
Youth Service America (YSA) is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Lead Agency program to activate youth volunteers on 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11, 2019), MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020), and Global Youth Service Day (April 17-19, 2020). Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Lead Agency program offers youth development organizations, community-based organizations, and schools/school districts grant funding, capacity-building training, and ongoing support to effectively engage young people in meaningful service and civic action activities.
Lead Agencies are a vital part of creating a culture in which all young people have the opportunity and support to find their voice, take action, and make an impact in their communities. YSA collaborates with Lead Agencies to ask all young people to get involved, teach them how to be active citizens, remove barriers to their participation, and show them that they really can make a difference as individuals and as a generation.
The primary role of a Lead Agency is to convene a coalition of partners who will collectively activate youth – especially those in middle and high school in under-served communities who aren’t usually asked to participate. Lead Agencies convene partner coalitions of:
- Organizations with young people – youth development and afterschool programs, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and faith-based organizations, etc.
- Organizations with opportunities to serve – community-based organizations, government agencies, volunteer programs, etc.
In turn, these coalitions activate youth, ages 5-25, to lead service or service-learning projects through which they:
- Build youth-adult partnerships that create connections with caring adults who encourage young people to use their Sparks (passions, interests, and skills) to help others
- Provide opportunities to learn and practice 21st Century Skills (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking)
- Strengthen their community by working towards achieving the Global Goals (17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals)
- LeadASAP (through Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy projects)
Amount: Awards of up to $9,000 will be made, depending on the number of youth volunteers engaged on two or three days of service.
Eligibility: Youth development organizations, community-based organizations, and schools/school districts based in the United States.