Project Ignition Grants for Teen Driver Safety

Posted by National Youth Leadership Council on August 20, 2018

Project Ignition addresses teen-driver safety issues and empowers youth to lead campaigns that make measurable differences in their schools, their communities, and beyond. It is founded on a service-learning strategy that embeds the topic of teen-driver safety more deeply within a school’s culture and makes connections to academic goals.

Driven by research and more than ten years of experience, Project Ignition has engaged teens across the country to create change. The impact is profound. The experiences are emotional. The lessons are unforgettable. Car crashes remain the number one cause of death for adolescents. Project Ignition students address this fact by working in teams, creating budgets and timelines, and reaching out to engage school and community partners. They bring people together — and they’re saving lives.

This initiative is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In partnership with NHTSA, Project Ignition students are working to effectively increase seat-belt usage among teens — a safety precaution that is proven to save lives in motor vehicle accidents.

The National Youth Leadership Council, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is launching a multi-year program dedicated to working with young people around the country to identify best practices to increase seatbelt usage in their community.

Qualities of Successful Schools/Afterschool programs:

  • A team of youth and adults committed to work in partnership to make change in their school and community
  • Organized, responsive, and dedicated
  • Committed to work WITH their identified community and national experts to bring positive change
  • Committed to improving teen driver safety and increase seatbelt usage in their larger community


  • Submission of project plan (October 31, 2018)
  • Quarterly progress reports
  • Participation in professional development trainings (monthly)
  • Participation in National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 21-27, 2018)


  • Complete a service-learning project focused on increasing seatbelt usage in the community
  • Document work on the Generator School Network (GSN)
  • Work in collaboration with NYLC to connect with local and national experts to expand the impact of your project
  • Opportunity to attend the National Service-Learning Conference and present best practices
  • Attend kick-off training (online or in person, September 2018)


  • Monthly professional development for teachers and students on high-quality service-learning
  • Opportunity to attend two and a half day kick-off training, September 14-16 in Minnesota as part of the Nobel
  • Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis (airfare and hotel included). Also offered online for those who cannot attend
  • $1,000 stipend to implement the project in your community in the 2018-2019 school year
  • Project Ignition banner for your school/organization
  • Opportunity to attend the National Service-Learning Conference in 2019
  • National recognition by the National Youth Leadership Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Application Due August 31, 2018 October 20, 2018


Notifications will be emailed to Adult Contact Lead by September 7, 2018.

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