• Youth Award Opportunities

    Do Something Awards Exceptional Youth

    Do Something is accepting applications for the annual Do Something Awards. These awards recognize youth in the U.S. and Canada under the age of twenty-five whose self-initiated projects are tangibly improving their communities. Five winners will each receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants. From among these winners, one will be chosen as the grand prize winner and will receive a total of $100,000 in community grants. Note: Winners who are eighteen years of age or younger are eligible for $5,000 in community grants and a $5,000 scholarship. For more information visit, www.dosomething.org/programs/awards. Applications are due mid-March.

    SAALT ChangebMaker Awards

    ChangeMaker Young Activist Award: This award will recognize an emerging leader (under 25) who has created meaningful change in their campus and/or community through their leadership, vision, and passion. This can be demonstrated through paid/unpaid work for a community organization, community service, or a leadership position in a community or campus organization, etc.

    ChangeMaker Private Sector Award: This award will recognize an individual who has leveraged the unique talents of the private sector to advance corporate citizenship, diversity, and partnerships with non-profit organizations. This individual has contributed to the community through their work and has inspired others in their sector to get involved. This can be demonstrated through pro bono work, affinity group involvement, volunteer work in the community, etc.

    The deadline for these awards is mid-March. For more information visit, http://www.saalt.org/categories/Nominate-someone-for-a-ChangeMaker-Award-today.

    Spirit of Service Awards

    The Corporation for National and Community Service is calling for nominations for the 2009 Spirit of Service Awards to pay tribute to the most outstanding participants in each of its programs. The Corporation will also take nominations for the best examples of private sector support of your programs.

    Please nominate your best:

    • Senior Corps volunteers from the RSVP, Foster Grandparent, and Senior Companion programs
    • AmeriCorps members and Alumni from State and National, NCCC, and VISTA programs

    The deadline is late March. For more information visit, http://www.NationalService.gov/spiritofservice.

    Dollar for Change Service-Learning Grants

    Youth Service America's (YSA), YSA's National Youth Council (NYC) and State Farm Companies Foundation will select the grantees (youth ages 12-25) who will collaborate with a teacher or service-learning coordinator. The awards are up to $2,000, and will support high-impact, semester-long service-learning projects. Upon successful completion of projects and evaluations, grantees will become eligible to compete for the prestigious Harris Wofford Youth Award, and be recognized as a YSA Service Star. To learn more, download an application and grant guidelines at http://www.YSA.org/awards. Accepting applications: March - April 30. Questions? Send inquiries to dollarsforchange@ysa.org.

    Teens for Planet Earth Service Awards

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Teens for Planet Earth Service Awards. The TPE Service Awards recognize teens around the world for service-learning projects that demonstrate their commitment to the environment. TPE teams whose projects are deemed to be of exceptional quality will be awarded at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Gold Award winning teams receive $1,000 to further enhance their projects or education. Deadline is mid-May. Learn more at http://www.teensforplanetearth.org/page/2010-application.

    Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

    The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its annual awards. The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. For more information and to nominate, visit http://www.barronprize.org/how-nominate. Questions? Send inquiries to ba_richman@barronprize.org.