Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer YAC Connections

1. Service Learning Brochure

2. YAC Brochure

3. YAC Calendar by Ahmed. Ahmed is also starting a mentoring program on Fridays during the school year with the Belle Isle Library.  Great job with the calendar and the mentoring initiative!

4. YAC and YLOKCasady help with Faculty in-service at Food Bank August 16th.  Safra, Mariam, Sharun checking schedules.  15 volunteers needed.

5. Help with service project for freshman orientation
The American Red Cross would have a project for your group of 90, 9th grade students on Aug 21.  What we would suggest is that the student assist us with assembling materials used for our "Home Fire Campaign" and Pillowcase Project" 
More info can be found here  This would be an indoor activity where your students would insert disaster recovery/prevention materials into the pillow cases and plastic bags . 
We would also be able to talk to the students about the importance of being prepared for disasters.

Students and sponsors will rotate to 3 different rooms to get the full service and learning experience.

Kenneth Bentley
Volunteer Services Specialist

American Red Cross serving Oklahoma and Arkansas
Office 405-228-9570
Cell 405-219-7417
Fax 405-228-3954

6. Peace Week 2017 Needs:  Speakers, Experiences with supplies for observance and awareness.  Service Projects during Peace Week.  July 17th at Raindrop Turkish House, 6:00-7:00 pm United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma City meet to plan the OKC UN Peace Walk at the Myriad Gardens on 9/9 as part of the Turkish Festival and 9/21 International Day of Peace Observance at the State Capitol through pinwheels for peace.  YAC and YLOKC invited to participate in the meeting.  Mrs. Clay will attend via speaker phone.

7. Best Buddies Update: Zac attended the yearly conference but is yet to reply a request to write a reflection of his experience for the Casady Community Service Learning Blog.

8. Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village wrote a YSA grant to have special project during 9/11 connecting the mentoring program, Positive Horizons to veterans and teens as a unity project to observe 9/11 with acts of hope, compassion and service.  Ford and Jacob were emailed updates.

9. YAC Invitational: Fedex Time-Strategic Planning Date and Time will be announced by Co-Presidents

July 13, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 27
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Apply to Be a 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency
YSA is now accepting applications for the 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency program. With the generous support of State Farm, the program offers organizations funding, recognition, and ongoing training to organize high-impact, high-visibility youth-led projects for Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2018). As the official organizer of GYSD in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies build a coalition of K-12 schools, youth development organizations, and community-based organizations in their region to activate youth, ages 5-25, to acquire 21st Century Skills by solving community problems through service or service-learning projects.

Community-based organizations (including youth development organizations and afterschool programs, local government agencies, volunteer centers, AmeriCorps and national service programs, state service commissions, faith-based organizations, community coalitions, etc.) located in the 50 U.S. states + DC are eligible to apply. 50 organizations will receive grants of up to $1,000 to build a partner coalition of at least 10 other organizations that collectively activates at least 500 youth volunteers on GYSD (April 20-22, 2018). Learn more and apply at  
Apply to be a Schools of Service Ambassador
YSA is accepting applications for Schools of Service Ambassadors. Selected Ambassadors from the 50 US States + DC will recruit K-12 schools to be part of the Schools of Service network and train educators (in-person or online) to prepare them to engage their students in service projects on 9/11 Day of Service, MLK Day, and/or Global Youth Service Day.  Each Ambassador will receive a $1,000 stipend from YSA.
We are especially interested in receiving applications from service-learning coordinators or other administrators from schools or school districts with community service requirements; representatives from local, regional, or national nonprofits that provide professional development to educators; representatives from State Education Agencies; and professional trainers or consultants with a network of school clients. 
Eligible individuals of all blood types are needed to make an appointment to give today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.orgor calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can help even more people by inviting a family member, friend or co-worker to donate too. Check out Red Cross Youth's Hosting a Blood Drive Activity Guide.
Record and share the stories that are all around you. With the StoryCorps app and you can browse and listen to recordings from other users, add to the online library by sharing your own story, and activate your group, organization, or community around the power of storytelling.
Use the Read & Act: Kids Making a Difference collection of inspiring children's books from FirstBook paired with free downloadable discussion guides from YSA to help youth ages 6-12, understand how they can use their unique talents, interests and passions to spark action in their own communities. 
Interested in more book lists?  
Check out the Resources & Training section below. 
9/11 Day of Service Impact School Grants
Deadline: July 14   LAST CHANCE! 
Grants of up to $1,500 are available to schools participating in YSA's Global Schools of Service program in the United States. 50 K-12 public schools will receive a grant to support engaging students in a schoolwide service project(s) on 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (Monday, September 11th, 2017). Selected grantees will commit to plan school-wide service activities on 9/11 Day of Service, with a minimum of 500 youth/adults participating in the service project(s) and at least one project that focuses on helping veterans and military families.   

Deadline: August 2
NVR will make grants of up to $10,000 to support grassroots organizing by Native American-led groups with a membership base in the community that have a leadership development program and seek to take collective action to win progressive social change.
Deadline: September 30
Youth, ages 5-18, who volunteer to make their communities healthier, greener, and stronger can apply for a $500 Disney Summer of Service grant to create a project or expand their impact throughout the rest of the year. 250 youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner's sponsoring organization this fall. Youth who are interested should visit to tell their volunteer story, get inspiration and planning resources, and apply for a grant. 
Cammie Lee (16, Portland, Oregon) is a passionate violinist who started playing at the age of four. Music has always been an integral part of Cammie's life and she believes that music teaches essential skills to youth. She co-founded the student-run nonprofit organization Project Prelude because she wanted to help expand the accessibility of music education for economically disadvantaged youth in her community.
Cammie experienced firsthand how public-school districts in her area started cutting back music programs and laying off music teachers. Through her service at Project Prelude, she offers free music lessons, provides instruments for the students to play, as well as supplies and books for their learning. Project Prelude runs a program at a local K-8 school, teaching 25 elementary school students how to play the violin. Cammie is the music director of the program, which means that she designs all the musical pedagogy and serves as a leader for the teachers of the programs.
Do you know a young person, age 5-25 that is creating extraordinary change in your community? Nominate them for an Everyday Young Hero award.
NPR compiled a list - with help from Teaching for Change - of books that frame big issues through a lens children can understand. "Give kids credit," says Stan Yogi, one of the authors on the list. "They have an innate sense of what's right and what's wrong. Being able to draw on that innate sense of justice through relatable stories is so important."
Looking for summer reading books that will expand your world, challenge your perspectives, and tell a gripping story at the same time? This summer, pick up one of these 10 recently released books that consider diverse global themes, from migration to feminism; environment to food and hunger; local to global.

See all the service-themed book lists we've featured here. 
"Infinite (Unsung Heroes)" - Built By Titan     
Don't you lose yourself tonight
You are infinite
We can be infinite tonight
For every girl and every boy and every voice turned down to zero
You have to know,
you've got to know
This song is for the unsung heroes."

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2017 is on YouTube at and Spotify at 
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