Friday, September 2, 2016

Peace Silhouettes Project

When?
August 30-September 8

Who?
Any Interested Cyclone, YAC Peace Team headed by Mason T.. Art Club, Casady After School Program, Boys and Girls Cly

What?  Why?
Peace Silhouettes Decorations for UD Peace Week Buildings

Where?
Harper, Activities Building after 3:30 pm, Art Classes



September 1, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 35
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Serve to Remember




On the 15th anniversary of September 11, Americans of all ages and backgrounds will participate in activities to pay tribute to 9/11 victims and heroes and honor their memory by joining together in service projects to meet community needs. Looking for ways to remember and serve on 9/11? Visitwww.911day.org and www.YSA.org/911day
Organize a disaster prep project in your community using YSA's free We Stand Strong Toolkit and training videos.
 
Use YSA's free We Stand Strong Toolkit and We Stand Strong Training Videos to help you plan.
 
Here are some projects that other organizations have planned for 9/11: 
  • The Center for Sustainable Communities is planning "Rallies for Resilience" to raise awareness about the floods in Louisiana.  
  • Foreign Links Around the Globe will be leading awareness projects in Portage, MI and responding to the recent tornadoes in Kokomo, IN. 
  • Rider University will be leading projects on campus to prepare their community for disasters, and encourage their students to get their families prepared for disasters (many of which were impacted by Hurricane Sandy). 
Register your 9/11 Day projects and let others know what you have planned, or find a service project near you
  
Download free lessons, photos, and videos about 9/11, empathy, and service for students. 
Share your 9/11 day project on social media using #911Day or #WeStandStrong and claim your "We Stand Strong" badge if you participate in an event.   


NEWS FROM THE FIELD


Kids make the rules! From September 1st through October 17th, generationOn'sRules of Kindness campaign, powered by Hasbro, challenges kids and teens to build empathy, be kind and show they care!  

Apply to be a generationOn Kindness Ambassador! Kindness Ambassadors will get a $50 grant, up to 500 Hasbro toys to donate during the holidays and some great generationOn gear.

GenerationOn partnered with experts like Ashoka's Start Empathy and Dr. Lynne Kenney to come up with 12 Ways to Promote Kindness in the Classroom this Year.
In September of 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. Every year, the National Constitution Center commemorates that historic day by hosting a Constitution Day Celebration. Use their fantastic online resources in your classroom to join in the celebration. (It's required by federal law that each educational institution which receives federal funds to hold a program for students every September 17th.)

National Voter Registration Day was first started for the 2012 presidential election. It has now become an annual holiday and celebration when thousands of people ensure that family, friends and neighbors are registered to vote. This year, National Voter Registration Day is September 27, 2016 and hundreds of events are being planned across the nation. Sign up your organization as an official NVRD Partner at http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org
America's PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness! https://community.fema.gov

GRANTS & AWARDS
Deadline: September 30
Young changemakers who have ideas or projects that could make their neighborhoods healthier, greener, and stronger can receive $500 to gather their friends and bring their creative visions to life. Youth, ages 5-18, in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Disney Summer of Service grants by submitting service project ideas. Hundreds of youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner's sponsoring organization to assist with the implementation of the project. Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized by Disney|ABC Television Group or their local ABC affiliate. www.YSA.org/BeInspired
Deadline: October 1
It's become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700.
  
Deadlines: October 1January 1April 1July 1
The Karma for Cara Foundation is encouraging kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, they want to hear what project you're passionate about.
Deadline: January 18, 2017
AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. All applicants should request at least 20 member slots. 

STORIES OF SERVICE

Max RubensteinMax Rubenstein (16, Atlanta, Georgia) has always been passionate about two things: community service and computer games. He combined his interests to create the non-profit Game Givers to help distract kids in hospitals who are receiving treatment for cancer. Max's grandmother passed away after a long struggle with ovarian cancer. Max witnessed how difficult it was for her to cope with the disease. He also observed that many kids in the hospital that had little distractions from their illnesses. Max felt drawn towards these kids and decided to bring all the love and care his grandmother had given him to these kids. Max feels that most hospitals are unable to to provide conditions for enough play, and he wants change that. Through Game Givers, he donates new and used video games and consoles to children's hospitals within the United States. Max has come up with three strategies to achieve this goal: video game donation drives, tournaments, and industry partnerships. Over the past 10 months, Max has raised over $54,000 in video games and financial contributions for Game Givers. He also won the San Diego Comic Con International 'Pop Culture Shark Tank' pitch competition, where he presented Game Givers to many potential donors. 
The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, according to the Red Cross. In moments of darkness, we are uplifted by stories of service of those helping those who have lost all. Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation grantee Zach Morgan weighed in on how he is helping out in his Louisiana community following the flooding disaster.

RESOURCES & TRAININGS


As part of YSA's ServiceVote 2016 campaign to engage youth ages 5-25 in the 2016 election, we'll regularly highlight election-related resources and trainings.
Win the White House helps you bring the election season into your classroom in a fun, nonpartisan, and meaningful way! Run your own presidential campaign as you learn the electoral process through engaging game play. In Win the White House, you get to manage your very own presidential campaign by strategically raising funds, polling voters, launching media campaigns, and making personal appearances.

This fall, Mikva invites students from across the nation (grades 6-12) to participate in this interactive digital competition that asks youth to work in teams to earn points and win prizes by using their favorite social media platforms to complete any of 51+ electoral Challenges. 
   
What is the most pressing issue facing young people today, why is it important, and what should be done to address it? This fall the American Soapbox Initiative will give 50,000 youth from across the country the opportunity to get up on their soapbox and tell the next president their answer to those questions. 15 youth speakers will win a trip to the Inauguration in January. 
The free curriculum that over 700 teachers downloaded in 2012 is back - now updated to include lessons that help students dig into how elections work, explore their own values and ideologies, evaluate the candidates AND get involved in electoral politics through a variety of scaffolded actions. Whether you're covering the presidential campaigns or plan to focus on local races, this curriculum has something for you.

SERVICE SONG OF THE WEEK
"Tomorrow" - Mavis Staples



 
"Love somebody
Laugh with somebody
Live for somebody
Give to somebody else
...
Gotta work for what you want
Nothing comes automatic
You get out what you put in
No such thing as magic."

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at http://bit.ly/servicesongs  
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