Friday, June 29, 2007

FUNdraising Fridays

Have a great weekend!


Opportunities for Students

Micro-Grants for Young People to Start Social Ventures

Deadline: August 13, 2007

The Youth Service America-Youth Venture Program, a joint partnership between Youth Service America and Youth Venture, Inc. , is now accepting applications from young people across the United States who are interested in starting their own sustainable social ventures.

Examples of possible ventures include a youth center designed to keep youth out of trouble with music and art programs; an anti-peer pressure education campaign; a bike repair shop with a vocational training program; or an assembly program touring inner-city schools that combines music with an anti-drug/violence performances.

Ventures must be youth-led and designed to be a lasting, sustainable asset to the community. YSA Youth Venture teams are required to plan a Global Youth Service Day project every year that their venture is operational.

The YSA Youth Venture Program provides a variety of resources, including a national network of like-minded young people, media opportunities, technical support, helpful toolkits and workshops, as well as grants of up to $1,000 each for start-up expenses.

Visit the Youth Venture Web site for complete program information.

Do Something Offering Weekly Grants for Young Social Entrepreneurs

Deadline: Rolling

Do Something is a not-for-profit organization that works to inspire, support, and celebrate young social entrepreneurs and community activists. The organization is accepting applications for the following grant programs:

Do Something and GameStop are offering grants of $500 each to young people, age 25 and younger, in the U.S. or Canada who have a great idea for a community-action project and need support to turn their idea into reality. GameStop grants are given out weekly.

Do Something and Plum TV are offering grants of $500 each to social entrepreneurs, age 25 and younger, in the U.S. who have recently created a sustainable project, program, or organization and need funding to further the growth and success of their program. Plum TV grants are given out weekly.

Visit the Do Something Web site for complete program information and application forms.

Opportunities for Teachers

U.S. Innovative Teachers Forum

Deadline: July 11, 2007

National Staff Development Council (NSDC) and the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) brings together outstanding K-12 learning teams demonstrating 21st century skills in their teaching and learning. The Forum will provide learning teams the opportunity to share expertise, engage collaboratively with their peers, and grow professionally through a series of learning projects. Learning teams selected to attend the Forum will receive paid airfare, hotel, and other travel expenses. The Forum will take place September 27-28, 2007, on the Microsoft Corporate Campus in Redmond, WA. For more information please visit the Innovative Teachers Forum Web site.

Opportunities for Communities and Schools

Free Training for Low-Income Fathers

CitiWide is offering free computer training, life skills, employment skills, and job placement/retention to low-income fathers and head of households in the District. Training will be held at the CitiWide Computer Training Center, 3636 16th Street, NW, #BG-49, Washington, DC 20010. For further information and registration please visit the CityWide Web site. Teachers please encourage your students' eligible fathers to apply!

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