contests and awards for youth

Help youth become empowered by directing them toward the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Board members work together to decide how to grant $5 million in funding to service-learning projects across the country.
GenerationOn, a project of the Points of Light Foundation, presents its "Action Heroes Needed" campaign for young volunteers ages 13 and older. Youth can choose a cause, take action and report back on the generationOn website. Youth who share their stories will be eligible to win $500 to continue the project. Learn more on the generationOn website.
Every young person deserves an opportunity to share his or her story. Help your youth do that by encouraging them to enter FYSB’s first ever national essay contest for young writers. The winner’s story will be shared online and at a national conference for youth workers. Runners up may have their essays published online, too.
The Harris Wofford Youth Award will be given to a young person (ages 5-25) who is a legal resident of the United States and demonstrates exemplary commitment and action, involving his or her peers in service, youth voice, service learning or civic engagement. Nominees' activities can be local, state, national or international.
Youth Service America's Get Ur Good On Grants fund community service projects led by young people. Projects must address a demonstrated community need or issue, and must take place in June, July or August 2012. Applicants can be 5 to 25 years old. They must have an adult mentor who will help throughout the project. Applicants younger than 18 must have their parent or guardian's permission...
This contest from the nonprofit SparkAction aims to identify young people's ideas for creating local jobs and building education and training opportunities for young people. Entrants may make a short video or write a short description of their idea, upload it, then tweet and share it with their social networks. Voting opens on May 15. Visit the SparkOpportunity website for more information.
State Farm's Youth Advisory Board is offering grants for student-led community service projects. Students affiliated with a school or nonprofit can seek funding for projects addressing one of the following topics:
The U.S. Department of State's American Youth Leadership Program will give high school students and adult educators from the United States an opportunity to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. The participants will learn through dialogue and debate, leadership development, and...
Mothers Against Drunk Driving invites teens to make very short videos (one minute or less) about underage drinking prevention. The top five finalists will each win an iPad and an all-expense paid trip to Dallas in June 2012 for the Teen Influencer Summit. The grand prize winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip  to Washington, DC, for MADD’s National Conference in September...
The Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program is looking for inspiring young entrepreneurs who are fighting poverty. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have been no older than 29 when their business began generating revenue. The business itself must be one to five years old and must have been generating revenue for at least the past year. View the full announcement
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