Youth under age 21 with a great idea to build community in Portland, Oregon may now apply for the 2013 Youth Community Action Grants. These grants are available for community-based projects that support and enhance the vision of Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth. This document was adopted by youth in 2005 2006 and adopted by both the Portland City Council (2006) and Multnomah County Commission (2007) to help leaders understand the priorities of constituents under the age of 21. Youth Action Grants were created to help put Our Bill of Rights: Children and Youth into action. Activities should support at least one of the articles of the Bill of Rights, should involve as many youth and community members as possible, and also result in strong partnerships between youth and adults.
Nestle’s Very Best in Youth contest recognizes young people with big dreams to change the world and create great things in their communities. Nestle will donate $1000 to the charity of the winners’ choice as well as pay for a fun-filled weekend trip to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony. Applications are due November 8, 2012 and include essay questions, two letters of recommendations, school transcripts and parent/legal guardian consent form.
Even if you don’t win an award or you don’t get your application in on time, you can still apply for up to $1000 grant for your favorite charity:
All eligible applicants of the Nestlé Very Best In Youth contest are automatically members of the Nestlé Very Best In Youth Foundation. Members up to the age of 22 can apply to enhance their community service projects through grants up to $1,000.
Grant applications are reviewed at least once a year and selected by a committee of advisory board members made up of Nestlé Very Best In Youth past and current winners and Nestlé executives.
Aspiration: NCWIT National Award Winner live-blogging the landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover 2012.
It was an awesome night this summer when all of the teenagers in the house stayed up to watch the Curiosity rover land on Mars. Every one of them was ready to give their eye teeth to work for NASA. One way to get a job at NASA? Be a rock-star programmer. Know any girls who are rock star programmers? Help them on their way by encouraging them to apply for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award.
From our friends at NCWIT (National Center for Women in Information Technology):
What is the award? The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Winners are recognized at an award event here in the community. All applicants will also be considered for the National award. There is also an NCWIT Educator Award for educators that encouraged their student to apply and have endorsed their applications. Recipients of the Educator Award receive up to $1000 in reimbursement for a professional development activity.
Why is the award important? By generating visibility for technical young women, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing encourages continued interest in computing, increases awareness of the gender gap in computing and IT, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women’s participation in computing.
What is the application process? Please duplicate and distribute the poster and flyer and direct girls to http://www.aspirationsaward.org. Detailed instructions and eligibility information are found online.
What is the deadline? Please notify girls of this opportunity right away. Online applications are open now and must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern on October 31, 2012.
Thanks for helping us spread the word to make sure all young ladies get a chance to apply for the award!
But, THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS AWARD WILL BE THE OTHER GIRLS YOU MEET JUST LIKE YOU!
Apply by October 31, 2012. You will select which region you are applying for and automatically be entered to the National Competition. You will need an endorsement from an adult sponsor who will fill out a support form online by November 9, 2012.
P.S. Poke around on the NCWIT website, there is lots of good stuff on there including a really useful list of resourcesfor girls and parents.
Accepting Nominations for Safe School Awards
Is your school district doing an exemplary job working to improve school climate and keep students safe? Do you know of a school where students feel safe every day or where good work is happening to improve school climate? Do you know of a school employee who serves as an advocate to youth who are bullied and harassed? Do you know of a student who is a leader in making it better for their peers?
We want to hear your story and recognize the inspiring efforts happening in our community to address bullying and harassment in Oregon schools.
Download our Safe Schools Award nomination form and honor the educator, student, school or district who has made an impact on you and your community. Nominations are due Sept. 15, 2012 and forms can be emailed to email@example.com. Awards will be announced early October in conjunction with Safe Schools Week, Oct. 7-13, 2012.
Just had an email come through at work with 4 terriffic opportunities for youth in the Portland, Or., area. The email came via the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYCommission), a youth policy advisory committee that advises both the Portland City Council and the … Continue reading →
The Bezos Scholars Program @ Aspen Institute is another great opportunity for high school juniors and their teachers. Lots of great information on this year-long leadership and learning program and the Bezos Family Foundation is available on their website. Apply by Feb 3.
As mentioned, we’re seeking exceptional high school juniors and educators for a year-long leadership development opportunity and expenses-paid scholarship to this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. To apply or learn more, visit: http://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org/scholars.
Bezos Scholars and Educators will attend a week long Aspen Ideas Festival and meet some of the most exciting, innovative and influential thinkers in the world. What starts in Aspen will continue for the following school year as students and teachers will be supported by their new scholar community to help put their ideas into action back home. I’d love to see a Bezos Scholar return to the Portland Metro Area and achieve great things!
Know a woman or high school girl who gives more than 100% to her community every day?
March of Dimes, Oregon Chapter wants to hear from you. At their Annual White Rose Luncheon, the state chapter will recognize 5 women from Oregon for their outstanding contributions to the community, including professional and volunteer achievements. Nominations for the White Rose Honorees will be accepted through January 27. For the third year, a youth category will recognize a young women (in high school) for her community involvement.
The luncheon will take place on May 21, 2012. Register on-line at their website.