Martin Luther King Day of Service Lead Organizers

Posted by on October 17, 2011

Lead agencies sought for MLK Day activities

Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service are looking for up to 16 Martin Luther King Day Lead Organizers across the country to coordinate Martin Luther King Day of Service (January 16, 2012) activities.

The goal of the MLK Day Lead Organizers program is to engage youth and adult volunteers on Martin Luther King Day of Service and throughout the year by encouraging families to serve together. Together, youth ages 5-25 and their families will focus on some of the nation’s most pressing issues, such as education, health, environment, economic opportunity, and disaster relief. MLK Day may also provide a starting point for a Semester of Service and/or involvement in national days of service and other volunteer activities throughout 2012.

This grant program is open to nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, and colleges & universities in all 50 states and DC. Sixteen grantees will receive $4,000 planning grants as well as significant training and technical assistance from YSA.

Grantees will be required to engage at least 3,000 volunteers (including at least 1,000 youth volunteers, age 5-25) in community service or service-learning projects on MLK Day, build or strengthen partnerships with at least 5 partner organizations to achieve scale and impact, engage the media and public officials on MLK Day, and address one or more strategic issue area (economic opportunity, health, environment, education and literacy, disaster preparedness and response, and veterans and military families).

The application deadline is Friday, November 18th.  For more information, go here.

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