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YSA is Now Accepting Applications for 18-19 Lead Agency Grants

YSA is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Lead Agency program to activate youth volunteers on September 11th National Day of Service & Remembrance, MLK Day of Service weekend, and Global Youth Service Day! Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Lead Agency Program offers youth development organizations, community-based organizations, and schools/school districts grant funding, capacity-building training, and ongoing partnership support to effectively recruit and engage young people in meaningful service activities.

For the 2018-2019 program, YSA is offering 25 grants of up to $6,000. Through their partner coalitions, Lead Agency grantees will be required to activate a minimum of 1,000 youth for each of three days of service (9/11 Day, MLK Day, and GYSD). Applicants should focus on engaging middle and high-school aged youth, especially those from underserved communities. Applications will be reviewed and grantees selected on a rolling basis through Friday, August 10, so apply as soon as possible at

Message from: Youth Service Briefing

‘MapMyMaryvale’ Summer Program Offers Teens Opportunity to Build Job Skills, Connect with Community

More than two dozen teens will hit the streets of Maryvale this summer as part of a six-week community mapping program aimed at helping teens gain valuable job and self-empowerment skills while collecting data about health and social services, resources, and opportunities available to neighborhood youth. Applications to become a “youth mapper” are currently being accepted from teens ages 14 to 17 through May 7th at

Message from: Maricopa County Public Health

April 22: Earth Day – End Plastic Pollution

On the Sunday of GYSD, we encourage everyone to join the world’s largest environmental movement and help end plastic pollution. From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution. Find more environment project ideas here.

Message from: Youth Service Briefing

Kindness Rising Grants

Deadline: Do a Project by January 10, Submit Impact Report by January 31

Register a service project before January 10. (This can be one you are already planning for MLK Day of Service weekend.) Share your project’s impact to be eligible for grants. Each person who registers a project by January 10 and then shows their impact by January 31 will be eligible for one of 10 $250 grants to continue their projects.

Message from: Youth Service Briefing

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – January 15, 2018

Join the celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday as a day of service in communities across the country, to encourage those who serve on this holiday to make a long-term commitment to community service, and to bring people together to focus on service to others. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a chance to implement Dr. King’s teachings in lessons and activities that empower students and communities. Get ideas and planning resources and register your MLK Day project at

Organize a project with your students to teach a class of younger students about financial literacy and provide information to take home to educate their families and neighbors. Download a teacher instruction sheet, a student activity sheet and many other resources for educators from YSA and Scholastic.

Get ideas and discussion prompts for your class or group to think about Dr. King’s values, teachings, and actions and how you can honor his life and legacy through your MLK Day of Service project.

Message from: Youth Service Briefing

Rock and Roll Marathon Recycling Ambassadors – Keep Phoenix Beautiful

KPB volunteers will be making sure water bottles from the Rock and Roll Marathon are properly recycled. They will also be collecting discarded clothing from the runners (hats, gloves, sweatshirts, jackets) so that they may be donated to the city’s homeless shelter.

Time: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018
Location: 400 North 5th Street
Sign up: contact Cindy Moss at

Message from: City of Phoenix Volunteer Opportunities

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Grants

One in six children in America are at risk of hunger. This is a problem that can be solved, and kids are leading the way! YSA and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation are looking for 125 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities.

$400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 and $1,000 grants are available to schools and organizations across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) – April 20-22, 2018 – and beyond. $400 Summer 2018 Sustainability Grants will also be awarded to up to 25 youth grantees to sustain and continue their GYSD projects.

New this year:

  • Public, private, and charter schools (K-12, community colleges, and universities) and community organizations located in the United States are eligible to apply for grants of up to $1,000.
  • We are especially interested in project ideas that address long-term solutions to childhood hunger.

Learn more and apply by February 12 at

Message from: Youth Service Briefing

University Park Clean up- Phoenix Parks & Recreation

Help us keep our city’s playgrounds clean and green while commemorating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the contributions he left to the world in his quest for equality for all people. City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation will provide volunteers with all necessary clean up items, such as gloves, trash bags, and waste disposal. 10-15 volunteers (18+) are needed.

Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, January 15, 2018
Location: University Park- 1002 W. Van Buren St. Phoenix, AZ 85007
Sign up: contact Anissa Edouard at

Message from: City of Phoenix Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance- VITA

The VITA program prepares tax returns for free for low-income-to-moderate income individuals and families. Volunteers receive FREE training in how to prepare a basic tax return. Tax preparation sites are located throughout the city of Phoenix with various dates and times of operation. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities within the VITA program: tax preparers, greeters, site coordinators, instructors, and interpreters.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Sanida Starr at 602-262-4948 or More information available at – search VITA.

Message from: City of Phoenix Volunteer Opportunities