Wednesday, October 26, 2016

YAC Second Required Meeting: October 31, Harper, 7:30 am



October 31, 7:30 am-7:50 am, Harper
YAC official meetings are 
1st and 3rd Monday of the month @ 7:30 @ Harper!

Your hospitality chairs(Anna B, Sahanya B, Hannah H.)  
Halloween Surprise Great candy and donuts!  Thank you, hospitality team

Minutes by Charlie 

1. Project Proposal from Mr. Rooney, Class of 2004
Britton Christian Church Learning Center. The church is literally just down the street from Casady off Britton Ave.  The learning center needs tutors and mentors for young students from middle school through high school.  The high school students need more help prepping for ACTs as they try to get into college.  Turner Rooney, Petroleum Landman,

Mr. Rooney- Service learning opportunity at Britton Christian Church learning center. Underprivileged kids, unlikely to go to college. Very different than us. Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:00. Mr. Rooney's e-mail is
Miranda- How could we help?
Mr. Rooney- Tutoring basic spelling, SAT and ACT prep. Or we could mentor these kids, be a buddy and help them with things besides schools.
Ms. Clay- The problem is that people who do sports and have homework won't have much time.
Mr. Rooney- People could go once a week and just help as much as they can.
Ms. Clay- You also said that there was training for tests.
Mr. Rooney- Helping teaching can help you learn. Obviously sports and school is your main priority. We (Isaiah and I) worked downtown last year to rebuild and repaint a house. Learned how to hang doors and hang dry wall.
Isaiah - It was a great experience. 
Ms. Clay- Any questions

Everyone - Thank you 

On Parking Lot for Tuesday meeting

1. Food Drive Results, Reflection and picture delivering the check.  The Special Programs Director and the Food Bank Photographer will be on campmus
First Place:           Upper Division: (3,117 cans and cash) Leader: Juniors 
Second Place:      Middle Division: (3,075) Leader: Taber 
Third Place:          Lower Division:  (1,166 Cans, cash, checks) Leader: 4th grade 
Fourth Place:        Primary Division (647 Cans, cash, checks)
Fifth  Place:          Faculty (UD only)  150 (Cans, cash, checks)

Thank you, donors and volunteers.   Memories of the drive at 

Show Your Thinking: Reflective PowerPoint 

3. Items from the floor
- November Project:  Doing something together at the community.  Sahanya will work on ideas
- December Projects: Blood Drive:  We need a date from Coach T.
- January Projects: MLK Day:  What Project will YAC facilitate?  Organizations need to be contacted now

From Mrs. Clay's Desk: Strategic Planning
Planning Team Officers who have not provided description of responsibilities from their perspective, please send Mrs. Clay yours by Sunday night.  Thank 

Co-Presidents:  Miranda & Isaiah
Vice-Presidents: Safra and Mariam 
Calendar/Scheduling Manager: Ellie G                         
Secretary:    Katherine S.
Treasurer:  Johnnie L.  
Social Media: Grace P. 
Social/Hospitality Managers: Hannah H. Sahanya B. Anna B.

Grade Chairs: Project Chairs/Project Facilitators

Seniors:  Cathy Zesiger?  Erik R.(School mentors), Miranda (Humane Society?), Isaiah (MLK Day ?), Nicole J. (Kindness Week ?)
Juniors:  Mallory (?), Gabrielle (Food Drive 2016), Luke A. (Voters Registration, Elections 2016), Zac Conner (Best Buddies), Safra and Mariam (Food Drive 2016)
Sophomores:  Sahanya (Children's Hospital), Mason (Peace Week: Peace Silhouettes), Ellie (Food Drive 2016, Perfect Pair Drive for Homeless Alliance), Katherine S. (ICS Hope for the Holidays Drive)
Freshmen:  Ahmed H., Saadia N (Food Drive 2016)

Faculty: Peace Week, Food Drive

Mrs. Clay, Mrs. Bek-gran, Father Blizzard, Father Youmans, Mrs. Seitter, Mrs. Pardue, Dr. Torres, Mrs. France, Mrs. Sharp, Mrs.  Robertson, Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. Lopez (Peace Week)

Co-Presidents: (Miranda T. Isaiah L.)

1. Inspire and motivate Cyclones to belong to the club

2 Responsible for accountability. we have made sure to keep our numbers high for attendance of meetings. We have had record breaking numbers sign up for YAC this year and we are trying to keep them, but not trying to overwhelm them with meeting after meeting and project after project. 

3.. Assign those to plan projects, only who would like to volunteer.

4. Have a good time.

5. Set agendas for meetings

6. Plan YAC's year in collaboration with planning team

Co Vice-Presidents (Safra and Mariam S)

1. To assist and fill in for the co-presidents. 

2. The v.p.s can call meetings and lead projects, and are the authoritative figures when the presidents are unavailable

3. Facilitate agendas in absence of co-presidents

Secretary: (Katherine S)

1. Attend any meetings possible and to work closely with Mrs. Clay and the co-presidents to ensure the agendas for each meeting are clearly expressed and as efficient as possible. 

2. Record the minutes of each meeting. 

3.Be an active participant of the various drives, and when necessary, work with the administration office to establish the connections for the various drives. 

4. Introduce some of the speakers in chapel; however, the main responsibilities for the secretary of YAC include recording minutes and working with others to make the agendas for each meeting efficient.

Treasurer: (Johnnie L.)

1. Make sure our funds are stored in Casady's finance office 
2 Allocate YAC funding to the right people or organizations in a timely manner.
3 Youth Decision maker in allocation of $100 funding for monthly projects from service-learning budget.  The decisions are made in collaboration with Mrs. Clay, YAC sponsor and Rainbolt Family Service-Learning Chair.
4. Oversee the counts for drives and report final results in collaboration with division heads and finance office

Grade / Project Chairs:  Freshmen (Saadia N)
1. Should be involved with some of the board decisions (which I am). 

2. Be able to have a positive input and impact on YAC which includes perhaps introducing new organizations to the group as well as new ideas/drives. 

3. Currently, help mobilize the Food Drive activities which help freshman realize that they have decision making while helping out. 

4  Goal as a freshman chair in YAC is to help organize our group into a team that works together for the benefit of our community 

Sponsor:  Mrs. Clay   (Father Blizzard when Mrs. Clay is not present)

1. Be at meetings for liability issues requirement.  Provide ONLY suggestions for agenda items.  
2 Bring community organization volunteer opportunities and service learning experiences to the attention of the officers.
3. Empower planning team decision making.  
4. Provide resources and connections to planning team decision making 
5. Support and celebrate YAC involvement in the community.
6. Provide weekend opportunities and transportation to empower the mission of "Participating in the community to improve lives" 
7. Request feedback from planning team to be what the club needs demand.
8. Promote a yearly strategic planning-reflective time.

Ideas for projects and funding from Youth Service America

October 27, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 43
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Only 6 Months Until Global Youth Service Day
Save the Date: April 21-23, 2017          

It's scary how quickly time flies! Mark your calendars - Global Youth Service Day 2017 is just under 6 months away. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that children and youth make 365 days of the year. GYSD 2017 will be held worldwide on April 21-23. Don't let the calendar trick you...April will be here sooner than you think.
Here are some ways to get a head start:


In the United States the average person generates 5.6 pounds of waste per person each day. Over 30% of that waste comes in the form of packaging, including the fun-size candy wrappers for Halloween treats. Join 3T4E and help reduce this! Join EarthEcho International's Youth Leadership Council with 3T4E and make a global environmental impact by picking up 3 pieces of trash onTuesday, November 1st, snapping a selfie with your trash and location, and using #3T4E.
November 11 is Veterans Day. Currently, there are more than 22 million Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces; help thank and honor them in November!
  1. Plan a Veterans Day event at your school using these resources for educators and students, including a Veterans Day Teachers Guide.
  2. Sign up to be a volunteer at a VA hospital or facility.
  3. Find volunteer opportunities near you to help veterans and military families on
  4. Interview a veteran and share their story as part of the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project.
  5. Say thank you to all the military veterans you know and share this list ofVeterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans with them.
GOTV - or Get Out the Vote - is your chance to make sure that people get to the polls on during early voting periods or on Election Day or submit absentee ballots. Even if you can't vote yourself, you can help remind other people about the importance of going to the polls on Election 

Deadline: November 3
What is your best idea to make cities more successful? The Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas from innovators who will take hold of the future of our cities. The challenge is designed to help spur civic innovation at the city, neighborhood, and block levels, and all sizes in between. In particular, they hope to generate ideas that focus on one or all of three key drivers of city success: attracting talented people, expanding economic opportunity, and creating a culture of civic engagement. Applicants may be activists, designers, artists, planning professionals, hackers, architects; everyone is welcome.
Deadline: December 31
Katie's Krops is seeking youth, ages 9 to 16, who want to help end hunger in their community by starting a vegetable garden where the whole harvest is donated to feed people in need in their community. Youth selected as Katie's Krops Growers will be awarded a gift card to a garden center in their area (up to $500), garden tools, support from the Katie's Krops team, will have access to the private Katie's Krops Grower reporting website and growing manual, be eligible to apply to the all-expenses-paid Katie's Krops Summer Camp, are eligible to win a scholarship for their higher education, and so much more!
Deadline: Rolling (14th of each month)
Third Wave's Mobilize Power Fund provides grants for gender justice activism, action, and community mobilization led by young women of color, low-income youth, or queer, trans, and intersex youth of color around the country who are taking on this country's most challenging issues. The grant of up to $3,000 per group is open to organizations, groups, and coalitions, regardless of 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship. Priority is given to organizations with budgets under $500,000 USD, in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources, and for groups and organizations led by young people of color and low-income communities.
Deadline: March 1
The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions will be selected to receive this award. Teacher awardees an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient's professional development in environmental education. The teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.


henryslaterphotoHenry Slater (18, Tokyo, Japan) is striving to tackle the global refugee crisis. He became aware of the refugee issue back in middle school when he did relief work for children displaced by Japan's 3/11 earthquake and tsunami. The following summer, he worked with Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India, where he taught English and interned at the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. Upon his return to Japan, Henry founded a chapter of Refugees International Japan (RIJ) at his high school that conducts fundraising events to support kids in refugee camps and raises awareness on refugee crisis.
Henry raises awareness in his local community on global refugee crisis among his peer youth and writes award-winning essays for the Human Rights Watch: "Not Just Syria: Bringing the World's Refugee Crises Together," and "The Tibet Situation: A Clear Violation of Human Rights."
Airing monthly, The HALO Effect highlights teens who "help and lead others" (HALO) in their community and inspire others to do the same. This episode profiles 13-year-old Will Lourcey, whose interest in childhood hunger and community service began at age seven, when he realized some people in the Fort Worth area were going hungry and did not have access to healthy and affordable food.  After volunteering at a local food bank, Lourcey and a group of friends founded FROGS, a kid-run organization that helps underprivileged kids in his community. Over the past six years, FROGS has provided over 200,000 healthy meals for kids through the Tarrant Area Food Bank and FROGS Dinner Club, helped pack over 80,000 backpacks with food for hungry children through its Backpacks for Kids program, and helped serve over 10,000 families through the Mobile Food Pantry.


As part of YSA's ServiceVote 2016 campaign to engage youth ages 5-25 in the 2016 election, we're highlighting election-related resources.
OneVote lesson plans turn students into informed citizens. Students will learn about political parties, key issues, the importance of debates and the impact of the media. It all leads up to the final objective: casting an informed vote in the OneVote 2016 Mock Election. A step-by-step guide details everything you need to know to plan a mock election at your school. Get inspiration for stirring up excitement and ideas for preparing your polling station. 
Many people like to talk about how important voting is, how it's your civic duty and responsibility as an adult. Eric Liu agrees with all that, but he also thinks it's time to bring joy back to the ballot box. The former political speechwriter details how he and his team are fostering the culture around voting in the 2016 US presidential election - and closes with a powerful analysis of why anyone eligible should show up on Election Day.  
Today's release looks even more deeply at the Millennial generation and at differences within the generation. Two major themes emerge: first, Millennials across the board share a deep skepticism of most major political and public institutions, and less than half of Millennials believe they have a legitimate voice in the political process. Second, there are significant differences by race and ethnicity, gender, religion, and educational attainment that shape young people's worldviews and their candidate of choice in the 2016 presidential election.

The Campus Election Engagement Project has produced a video and 18 memesto be shared with students as reminders to become aware and involved in the election. In addition to Presidential and Supreme Court guides, nonpartisan guides are available for AZ Senate, CO Senate, FL Senate, IL Senate, IA Senate, IN Governor and Senate, MO Governor and Senate, MT Governor, NH Governor and Senate, NC Governor and Senate, NV Senate, OH Senate, PA Senate, and WI Senate.

"Shimmer" - Shawn Mullins

"Cause I want to shimmer,
I want to shine, I want to radiate
I want to live, I want to love
I want to try to learn not to hate
Try not to hate
We're born to shimmer,
We're born to shine
We're born to radiate
We're born to live, we're born to love
We're born to never hate."

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at  
October 20, 2016 | Volume 23, No. 42
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Apply for a Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship
More than 42 million people living in the U.S., including 13 million children, are at risk of hunger. Each year, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation recognizes youth-led initiatives that work to improve the quality of life for children and families who are impacted by hunger in local communities. If you're a student between the ages of 5 and 25 and you're finding innovative solutions to fight hunger, now is your chance to apply to be part of the next Hunger Squad. Applications for the 2017 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are open now until December 5. Winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant for their hunger-related charity. Learn more and apply at


The National Youth Leadership Council, a national nonprofit with a 30-year history of leading programs and initiatives to develop young leaders, support educators, and advance the field of service-learning, announced that its Board of Directors has chosen Amy Meuers as the organization's next Chief Executive Officer.  Congratulations, Amy! 

Deadline: October 31
The Whole Kids Foundation's Honey Bee Grant program "seeks to stimulate curiosity in young people about the importance of honey bees in our lives and food system, the need to understand and embrace them, and the value of caring about their well-being." K-12 school or non-profit organization are eligible to apply for grants of $1,500 + equipment.
Deadline: October 31
The Nature Conservancy is awarding $2,000 grants to 55 schools across the United States to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, or storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.  

Deadline: November 8
Students in grades 5-12 in the U.S. who have volunteered in the past 12 months are invited to apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award. 102 State Honorees (2 per state) will receive $1,000 awards and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent for four days of recognition events May 6-9, 2017. The Top 10 youth will receive a $5,000 award, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for the nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.
Deadline: December 5
The Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award recognizes those who have equipped young people to lead and serve, both through their direct work with youth and by nurturing other practitioners. Nominations are accepted from the general public, and a committee of leaders from the service-learning field will select the winners.
The Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award recognizes service-learning programs and projects that demonstrate outstanding youth leadership. This award focuses on projects that show a high level of youth initiative in all areas including identifying an authentic need, planning the service, and putting that plan into action. Teams of young people participating in service-learning projects can apply.


Shrikant Mishra (16, Herndon, Virginia) has always been passionate about serving his local community. He founded a non-profit organization called Leading Efforts 4 Poverty that works towards tackling hunger and poverty. Through his organization, Shrikant recruited 35 volunteers, raised $10,000, made 10,100 meal packs, and organized Back2School drive, Trick-Or-Treat Candy for American troops, and Bike Drive for kids from low-income families in Virginia.
YSA is proud to team up with State Farm to organize the 2016 Road Safety Ambassador Program, a year-long program that helps young leaders (ages 16-25) create change around road safety. William Bauman from Grayslake, IL is one of the Road Safety Ambassadors. He joined ABC 7 Eyewitness News to talk about the importance of spreading the message of safe driving.


The Be an Everyday Young Hero series provides project replication guides to enable you to tackle pressing local, national, and global community issues. This guide in the series, 'Build a Community Garden to Fight Hunger,' will teach you how to build a community or school garden and spark awareness about childhood hunger. This guide is the result of a collaborative effort by Youth Service America, Newman's Own Foundation, and Everyday Young Hero Ian McKenna. After witnessing his classmates who were too tired to learn or felt sick because they did not have enough to eat, Ian decided to combine his passion for gardening and helping others to create Giving Garden. Through his garden, Ian provides free access to fresh produce and teaches youth how to grow and prepare their own food. Download the tipsheet here.

Road Safety Toolkit & Road Safety Course 
Following a DC Road Safety Forum this summer, 10 YSA State Farm Road Safety Ambassadors created a resource and online course for youth and educators that want to plan a road safety project in their community. Interested in keeping the roads in your community safe? Download our updated Road Safety Toolkit and take the new youth-created Road Safety Course.
Youth Guide to the Global GoalsActivate Youth to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals  
The tip sheets in this resource will help you:
  • Deepen your understanding of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Identify ways that you can use YSA's ASAP Model (Awareness, Service, Advocacy, Philanthropy) to make a difference in your community
  • Conduct a 45-minute lesson to introduce the SDGs to your class, club, or group

"Listen" - Red Grammer  In memory of Jacob Wetterling  

"Listen...can you hear the sound of hearts beating all the world around?
Down in the valley, out on the plain,
Everywhere around the world a heartbeat sounds the same.
Listen...can you hear the sound
Of laughter all the world around?
High in the mountains, down by the sea, Everywhere around the world laughter sounds the same to me."

To remember and honor Jacob's hope for our world for Jacob Wetterling Day on October 22, commit to live by these 11 simple traits that Jacob valued.

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at  

  • Family Volunteer Day: November 19. Gather your family and kick off the holiday season by making a difference in your community! Volunteering as a family helps kids and teens develop compassion for their neighbors in need, make friends and even develop a new skill or two!
  • The Joy Maker Challenge: November 21 - December 23. Double your impact this holiday season! For every kind act or volunteer service project completed by a kid or teen, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots - up to 1 million dollars' worth! You'll be making it a happy holiday for kids in your community and around the country!