- Hang pictures of youth and their achievements in your building
- Nominate them for awards and scholarships; even if they aren’t selected, you can announce the nomination
- Ask for a proclamation (recognition) from the city council/mayor’s office
- Submit an article for a newspaper, professional magazine, or the local TV news
- Give youth job titles (displays importance of roles; can use on resumes)
- Describe their work in the company newsletter or through a display
- Brag about them on social media—Twitter, Facebook, Flikr, or YouTube videos (double impact because it promotes your organization as their friends see the content)
- Invite them to speak on behalf of your agency at public events
These ideas are from our new book, Groups, Troops, Clubs and Classrooms: The Essential Handbook for Working with Youth. It is full of strategies to help educators, coaches and youth workers bring out the best in young people! Check it out and share it with someone else that loves young people!Filed under Awards/Scholarships/Grants, Practical Ideas, Youth Leadership and Youth Power | Comments Off
- Make a certificate that highlights their work
- Give them candy with a note attached:
- Starbursts—you are a star student
- Kudos—we’re grateful for you
- Almond Joy—you bring joy to our group!
- Surprise them with a hot chocolate or lollipop party
- Bake a thank you cake or cupcakes
- Give gift certificates to their favorite places
- Make CDs or iTunes playlists with songs that commemorate their achievements
- Provide a free meal or soda
- Handwrite a note expressing what you appreciate about them
Want to learn more? Check out our newest book, Groups, Troops, Clubs and Classrooms: The Essential Handbook for Working with Youth. It is full of strategies to help educators, coaches and youth workers bring out the best in young people! Check it out and share it with someone else that loves young people!Filed under Awards/Scholarships/Grants, Gratitude, Practical Ideas | Comments Off
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The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. Then keep reading, and you’ll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series Winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies..
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1 List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials… The most money..or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most. (That’s the power of the SUPPORT asset!)
Thanks Cindy, for passing this along!Filed under Awards/Scholarships/Grants, Practical Ideas | Comments Off
If you’re between 18 and 24 and regularly rock the world with your innovative solutions to social problems, we want to hear from you!
SparkAction has partnered with UK-based Livity to search for “future world changers” who are the pioneers and leaders of tomorrow. Enter the Young Minds competition and you could be one of 12 exceptional young people selected to attend Google’s annual invitation-only, two-day Zeitgeist Americas event—where you’ll rub elbows with the likes of Black Eye Peas superstar Will.I.Am, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Stephen Hawking and Queen Rania of Jordan. You’ll also get tailormade master classes from Google. The Young Minds competition is sponsored by Google and hosted on YouTube.
Need more answers? Visit http://sparkaction.org/youngminds
(reposted from Search Institute)Filed under Awards/Scholarships/Grants, Service-Learning | Comments Off
The National Youth Leadership Council® and State Farm® have $2,000 Project Ignition grants for public high school students and teachers to address teen driver safety through service-learning. Applications are due November 15, 2011. For more information, visit www.sfprojectignition.com.Filed under Awards/Scholarships/Grants, Service-Learning, Youth Leadership and Youth Power | Comments Off
Your children/teens might like this creative writing contest for kids ages 4-13: http://www.contest.mrsp.com/Default.aspx
My 4 year old daughter started writing her story by choosing picture cards from her “Tell Me a Story” deck. Then she ordered the cards to create a story. Then she named her characters. She practiced telling the story to me, then she recorded her story with the QuickVoice ap on the ipad. Then we looked on our v-tech globe to pick places the magic boat could visit. Then she drew pictures of the main characters. Then I typed the story for her, and she added pieces to make the story longer. It was such a fun project to work on together, and I hope many more children will write stories! She’s proudly telling her friends that she has written her own book. What a great contest!Filed under Awards/Scholarships/Grants, Creative Literacy, Creative Play | Comments Off
Youth Service America features an Everyday Young Hero each week in the National Service Briefing. Do you know a youth hero? Nominate him/her for the award here.Filed under Awards/Scholarships/Grants, Service-Learning, Youth Leadership and Youth Power | Comments Off
Envirolist has many ideas for organizers of Earth Day events – from simple to complex, from classroom-size to citywide events. Here are some that caught my eye, but check out their full list with details for project ideas at http://earthday.envirolink.org/guide6.html.
Earth day pledge
Letters to politicians
Grocery Bags on Earth Day!
Community Report Card
Construct an environmental maze
Build a Life-sized Sculpture of Recycled Materials
Conduct an Ecothon
Give “Environmental Hero” Awards
Hold a Dirty Sock Contest
Paint an educational Earth Day muralFiled under Awards/Scholarships/Grants, Service-Learning, Uncategorized | Tags: Earth day, service-learning, teen volunteers, volunteerism, youth volunteers | Comments Off
I loved reading about the Teens For Planet Earth 2010 Service Award winners from around the world! Check out the work they are doing in their communities:
Environmental Discovery Project (Ohio)has held events to educate their community about the importance of habitat conservation, sustainable practices, and energy efficiency.
Green Club and Young Earth (India) has been using conservation efforts to bridge language barriers within the community. By forming Green Clubs, they have involved previously uninterested parties in their efforts.
Kubiti Teak Plantation Group (Ghana) has planted 32,000 trees so far, restoring the forest to provide habitats and opportunities for local commerce. They will use their winnings to continue to their work, projecting 65,000 trees planted by 2015.
Plant Patrol (Utah) has removed invasive plants from a local park, benefitting endemic wildlife as well as reducing the risk of forest fires.
Teens turning Green (California) have been working to inform teens across the country of the health implications of using toxic products, influencing legislation and partnering with businesses to further their mission.
Tetra Paks Recycling Team(China) have educated their fellow students about waste management and the importance of recycling through workshops, competitions, and projects reusing Tetra Packs.
Wanna nominate your program for a service award?
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The Hasbro Community Action Hero Award recognizes outstanding young volunteers who show that you are never too young to make a difference in your local or global community. Hasbro Children’s Fund and generationOn will celebrate five young people between the ages of 5 and 18 for their extraordinary community service and volunteer activities at a special recognition event in New York City and award each winner a $1,000 educational scholarship. Nomination Deadline: 5 p.m. – Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A Hasbro Community Action Hero is a young person who makes an extraordinary mark on the world through service. The nominee’s achievements must demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:
· Outstanding service to one’s local, national or global community
· Extraordinary effort in creating innovative solutions to community needs
· Leadership of an exceptional service or advocacy activity