Children’s Hunger Service-Learning Grants

Posted by on July 04, 2011

Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America Invite K-12 School Applications for Children’s Hunger Service-Learning Grants
Deadline: August 15, 2011

The Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America are accepting applications for the Sodexo School Engagement grant program, which will support teachers and students, grades K-12, in learning about incidences of childhood hunger in their community, and in leading meaningful activities that facilitate access to nutritious food for all children, especially those most at risk.

The Sodexo School Engagement Grants program incorporates service-learning into a “Semester of Service” framework focused on childhood hunger that engages students in a minimum of seventy hours of service and learning over a period of at least ten weeks. The program focuses on building the academic subject areas of civics, social studies, and language arts but may also incorporate other academic areas.

Grantees will implement a service-learning Semester of Service starting during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 14-20, 2011) through Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012), and involving a minimum of twenty students engaged on a continual and regular basis during the semester. Students will participate in investigating childhood hunger in their community and will work to address that need through hands-on service activities.

Applicants must be K-12 teachers in the U.S., or adults working with K-12 students in a school or school-based afterschool program.

Eleven applicants will be selected to receive a $5,000 grant to support professional development in service-learning, project planning and implementation, and sharing of project outcomes. Grantees will be expected to attend YSA’s Youth Service Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 24-26, 2011 (travel and training fees are included in the grant).

Complete program guidelines, eligibility quiz, and the application are available at the YSA Web site.

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