YouthBuild:  Reclaiming Kids and Their Communities

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Mar 27, 2017 4:15:00 AM

"We'd rebuild the abandoned houses. We'd take them away from the drug dealers and give them to the homeless people." When staff members from the original Youth Action Program asked young people in 1978 what they would do to save their communities if they had the chance, that was the answer they received. Good intentions were turned into tangible deeds as the total number of affordable homes built by YouthBuild students has reached over 33,000 to date. Inspired by its Youth Action predecessor , YouthBuild helps some of the 2.3 million 16-24 year olds who are neither in school or employed attain marketable job skills while simultaneously helping their communities increase the availability of affordable housing. It is currently offering grants to organizations who will provide occupational skills training to at-risk youth as they build and renovate homes to be used by low-income families.

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Topics: Education, Housing

Any Given Child - How the Kennedy Center is Institutionalizing Art Education

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Mar 13, 2017 4:00:00 AM

In a 2010 IMB survey of 1,500 CEOS, creativity was forecasted to be the most important leadership trait for upcoming generations.  Yet, classes that nurture and develop creative thinking like fine arts, drama, and music face ever increasing funding challenges. To make matters worse, not all children have equal access to art education. One foundation working to ensure that arts are part of a well-rounded curriculum is the Kennedy Center.  Their Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program assists communities in expanding art education for grades K-8, with a special emphasis on access and equity for all.


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Topics: Education, Arts and Culture

The National Institute of Justice's Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 30, 2017 4:00:00 AM

What are they key ingredients for keeping schools safe? The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) offers the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative to fund studies that identify threats to school safety. It encourages educators to partner with law enforcement, mental health professionals and other stakeholders to turn this research into practical blue prints that can improve safety in schools across the nation.

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Topics: Education

Literacy Grants in the Spirit of Jolabokaflod

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Dec 26, 2016 4:09:00 AM

One of the most appealing  holiday customs we are aware of comes from Iceland, where people exchange books on Christmas Eve, then go off to a comfortable corner to sip hot chocolate and read the night away.The period from September through November when most of the books are purchased even has a special name, Jolabokaflod, or "Christmas Book Flood." We would like to honor the spirit of this tradition. On this day after Christmas, the first day of Kwanzaa and the second day of Hanukkah, we bring you grants related to books, reading and literacy! We wish everyone a happy holiday season and joyful reading in the New Year!

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Topics: Education

The America's Great Outdoors:  Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Oct 3, 2016 4:13:00 AM

According to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, one third of employees in the Department of the Interior will be eligible to retire in the next five years. The challenge is how to transfer all that wisdom, skill, and knowledge to younger generations, many who would be more likely to recognize an Angry Bird than a bald eagle. Estimates hold that childhood in the age of video games means seven minutes a day in unstructured play outside and seven hours in front of a screen of some sort. The National Fish and Wildlife’s program America’s Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists aims to reconnect young people with their natural environments. In addition to all the physical, mental and emotional benefits there are to experiencing wild places, America's Great Outdoors equips them with the conservation career training needed to answer the help wanted signs that may be appearing soon.

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Topics: Employment, Education, Environment

The Farm to School Grant Program 2017 - Digging Your Veggies

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Sep 26, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Eat healthy! That has to be one of the most timeworn sentiments ever directed at children. But think back to your own youth for a moment. Which of the following scenarios would have been more successful in getting you to eat your veggies? Authority figures barking at you with drill sergeant intensity to clean your salad plate? Or putting your books aside in order to slip into the fresh air and harvest the tomatoes and carrots you planted from seed? Next comes cooking lessons, to show you and your classmates creative ways to prepare them. If you picked the second scenario, you are normal. Research shows that while all those nags can backfire, engaging students in holistic processes like gardening actually encourages them to make healthier choices on their own. That is why the Farm to School Grant Program is so refreshing. At heart, it inspires kids to form a life long appreciation of that green stuff! (Not to mention purple, yellow, red, orange....)

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Topics: Education, Food and Healthy Eating

Sports Grants - It's a Great Time to Kick Around Funding Opportunities

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Sep 21, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Are you still going through Olympic withdrawal, one month after the closing ceremony? While everyone else is looking forward to cozy fires and hot chocolate, are you dreading being cooped up indoors? Just because the weather will be turning colder does not mean you have to put sports on hold! Now may be a good time to research the sports grants you need for your perfect future line ups. Here are just a few of the many organizations that fund sports programs to help get you started!

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Topics: Foundation Grants, Parks and Recreation, Education

AmeriCorps State and National Grants - Service as Solutions

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 31, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Booker T. Washington once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is one federal agency that makes the act of lifting each other up possible. One of its most famous programs, AmeriCorps, was started in 1994 to give young people a chance to engage in national service, participate in professional development and earn money for their college educations. Since then, almost 1 million members have clocked more than 1.2 billion U.S. service hours. AmeriCorps State and National provides grants, directly or through State Service Commissions, to organizations and partnerships who believe community service plays a large part in solving social problems. Grantees use their awards to recruit, train and supervise AmeriCorps members to build capacity and meet the needs of the areas where they volunteer.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Education, Environment

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges: Funding the Disciplines of Memory and Imagination.

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 24, 2016 4:13:00 AM

According to the American Academy of  Arts and Science “The humanities…are disciplines of memory and imagination, telling us where we have been and helping us envision where we are going. This definition of the humanities goes straight to the heart of their value. Although they have long been staples in a classical education, the skills they impart make them more relevant than ever. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the country, is currently offering a grant to strengthen the role of the humanities at community colleges.

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Topics: Education

America's Promise Job Driven Grant Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jun 22, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Every day Erica drives past the impressive new high-tech park on her way to work. A job there could net her several times what she makes now at her part-time fast food job, with better benefits and advancement opportunities. With her current skill set, however, she simply can not hope to qualify for such an opportunity. Today there are one million openings in health care, business, and education. Yet, many Americans lack the skills and training to even be considered. Some industries have resorted to bringing in guest workers from other countries on H-1B temporary work visas to meet their staffing needs. A new federal program aims to change this, by equipping U.S. workers with the exact qualifications their local industries need to stay competitive in the global market.

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Topics: Employment, Education, Economic Development