Youth Service America (www.ysa.org) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/) in the U.S. Department of Justice are offering grants of $2,000 each to help organizations that have had a successful youth engagement experience replicate their practices in organizations in a broader network or coalition without a youth strategy. Successful applicants will involve youth in addressing the world’s most pressing social issues, such as climate change, hunger, disease, nutrition, literacy, disaster relief, poverty, and more. Applicants should plan to use Global Youth Service Day (http://ysa.org/NatlGYSD/tabid/59/Default.aspx) as a primary vehicle to engage youth in the issue addressed. The grant can be used to promote participation in Global Youth Service Day 2008 and 2009. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to pursue funding for an effort that takes place over a multi-year period.
Eligible applicants are local, state, or national organizations that are part of a national network, organization, or broader coalition of organizations and want to replicate their successful youth engagement experience (for youth ages 5-25) throughout that network, specifically though participation in Global Youth Service Day. Examples include, but are not limited to, food banks, zoos, housing authorities, and other nonprofit organizations addressing a social issue. Applicants must be located in the United States. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2007. More information is available on the YSA website.