Service-Learning Projects to Combat Childhood Obesity

Youth Service America and UnitedHealthcare Offer Grants for Service-Learning Projects to Combat Childhood Obesity
Deadline: October 15, 2012

Youth Service America and UnitedHealthcare are inviting schools and other community-based nonprofit organizations to “step into service” by applying for UnitedHealth HEROES grants.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available for youth-led service-learning projects that aim to combat childhood obesity through walking, running, or hiking. Project proposals must include an activity element where young people can count their steps, as well as a service component that provides direct service, enables advocacy on behalf of a cause, or features youth philanthropy.

Service-learning projects are projects that engage young people in performing meaningful service to the community as they gain new knowledge about the issue they are addressing (childhood obesity), and acquire important college, career, and workforce readiness skills in the process.

Each UnitedHealth HEROES project will begin on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 21, 2013) and end on Global Youth Service Day (April 26-28, 2013).

Youth Service America will hold webinars to help applicants through the application process and answer questions. The first webinar will be held September 13, 2012.

Visit the YSA Web site for complete program guidelines, webinar details, and information on 2012 grantee projects. Applications will be accepted online beginning September 4, 2012.


ServiceVote 12 for ’12: Engaging Youth This Election Season

ServiceVote is YSA’s U.S. election-year campaign to engage young people, ages 5-25, in the political process by connecting with their peers, voters, and candidates. Designed for both voting age and non-voting age youth, ServiceVote challenges young people to learn more about our government and political system and to think critically about how they can affect the issues that they work to address through service during elections.

ServiceVote 12 for ’12: How Youth Can Get Involved & Serve This Election Season

Conduct voter registration drives.
Educate voters by developing voter guides.
Educate voters and engage candidates about an issue you care about.
Host a convention or debate watch.
Organize a debate, forum, or town hall.
Host a Service Stop to engage candidates.
Organize Get-Out-The-Vote activities.
Hold mock elections to teach younger students about the electoral process.
Become a citizen journalist and make your voice heard during the election.
Volunteer for campaigns.
Serve as poll workers or election judges on Election Day.

For further information on how to get started, visit Service  Vote ’12.

Here is an opportunity to work with community organizations and work towards a trip to a developing country to help with humanitarian needs:

Summer of Service!

The State of Utah Commission on Volunteers has implemented this program for Utah’s youth.  Visit the website at

It’s easy!  Simply  serve, log your hours, and win prizes! Program runs June 1 to August 31, 2012.