contests and awards for youth

The "We Can Change the World" Challenge encourages young people to solve environmental problems and work as teams. Groups of students and teachers or mentors are challenged to come up with solutions and innovations addressing such problems as food waste, battery recycling, and erosion. Learn more and apply on the "We Can Change the World" website. 
Youth Service America will award 100 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to youth-led service projects that address childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). Projects must engage peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions aimed at ending childhood hunger. More information and online application
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at the college or university of their choice. Recipients are outstanding minority students with significant financial need. In addition to getting financial help to go to college, Gates Millennium Scholars participate in leadership programs and receive academic...
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers invites creative teens in grades 7-12 to submit work in 28 categories of art and writing, including film and animation, video-game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script-writing and science fiction. Past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce...
Want to make your space brighter and showcase the creativity of your youth? Looking for an engaging life skills activity with a real reward?   Enter your young people in the Family and Youth Services Bureau's Runaway and Homeless Youth Mural Contest and they could win the materials to paint a mural in your program.  
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