Application due: June 30, 2010
Hopa Mountain, a Bozeman-based nonprofit organization, announces the availability of competitive sub-grants for Youth Leaders in Service. This Learn and Serve America Community-Based grant program is designed to engage rural and tribal youth, ages 11-17, living in Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, in leading service-learning activities that create healthier communities. To be eligible to apply for the Youth Leaders in Service sub-grant, each applying organization must submit a Preliminary Application to the four-day service-learning training that will take place from August 9-12, 2010 at Luccock Park Camp in Paradise Valley (south of Livingston, MT). Community-based and out-of-school program directors are invited to submit a complete Preliminary Application by June 30, 2010, which outlines all four participants who will be attending the training. The Preliminary Application can be found at www.hopamountain.org/programs. Following full completion of the service-learning training by all of an applying organization’s attendees, organization’s will then be eligible to apply for a sub-grant award of up to $15,000.00 to initiate and implement Youth Leaders in Service in their home communities from Fall 2010 through Summer 2011. Final Applications will be due October 1, 2010 and will be made available to attendees at the August service-learning training in Luccock Park.
Up to sixteen sub-grantees will be awarded a Youth Leaders in Service sub-grant to receive up to $15,000 in funds. Funds must be matched 1:1 in cash or in-kind support by sub-grantee organizations. Rural (towns with less than 35,000 people) and tribal communities are eligible to apply. Preference, only, will be given to participating organizations that serve a high percentage of children through free and reduced lunch programs.
Hopa Mountain’s mission is to invest in rural and tribal citizen leaders, adults and youth, who are working to improve education, ecological health and economic development. “Through Youth Leaders in Service, rural and tribal youth will have the opportunity to design and implement innovative service projects in cooperation with local community partners,” said Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Executive Director of Hopa Mountain. Hopa Mountain will provide ongoing training and technical assistance to selected youth program leaders and teen citizen leaders throughout the Northern Rockies.
Marissa Spang, Youth Leaders in Service Coordinator at Hopa Mountain, will host several free, live informational webinars throughout June 2010 on Youth Leaders in Service. Every webinar will offer an introduction to service-learning and an opportunity to initiate service-learning through Youth Leaders in Service. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and build community leadership and connections. Service-learning projects address important community needs and unmet opportunities through strategic inquiry, committed action and reflection and lead to visible and sustainable outcomes.
The free webinars will be hosted on the following dates and times:
June 2, 2010 from 2:00PM-3:30PM
June 4, 2010 from 10:00AM-11:30AM
June 8, 2010 from 2:00PM-3:30PM
June 10, 2010 from 10:00AM-11:30AM
June 14, 2010 from 2:00PM-3:30PM
The webinars are open to educators and community members who are interested in learning more about service-learning and bringing service-learning to their communities through Youth Leaders in Service projects. There is no charge to participate in the live webinars and registration is not required. However, please note that participants must be able to access a phone line, a computer and the Internet. The following web page gives the webinar link, the phone number and the conference ID number that participants must use to access the webinar: www.hopamountain.org/programs.
Youth Leaders in Service is made possible through Learn and Serve America, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Learn and Serve America helps over one million students every year make meaningful contributions in their communities while building their academic and civic skills and establishing a lifelong commitment to service. The Corporation for National and Community Service engages more than four million Americans in service each year through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.