Service-Learning Projects to Combat Childhood Obesity

Posted by on September 10, 2012

Youth Service America and UnitedHealthcare Offer Grants for Service-Learning Projects to Combat Childhood Obesity
Deadline: October 15, 2012

Youth Service America and UnitedHealthcare are inviting schools and other community-based nonprofit organizations to “step into service” by applying for UnitedHealth HEROES grants.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available for youth-led service-learning projects that aim to combat childhood obesity through walking, running, or hiking. Project proposals must include an activity element where young people can count their steps, as well as a service component that provides direct service, enables advocacy on behalf of a cause, or features youth philanthropy.

Service-learning projects are projects that engage young people in performing meaningful service to the community as they gain new knowledge about the issue they are addressing (childhood obesity), and acquire important college, career, and workforce readiness skills in the process.

Each UnitedHealth HEROES project will begin on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 21, 2013) and end on Global Youth Service Day (April 26-28, 2013).

Youth Service America will hold webinars to help applicants through the application process and answer questions. The first webinar will be held September 13, 2012.

Visit the YSA Web site for complete program guidelines, webinar details, and information on 2012 grantee projects. Applications will be accepted online beginning September 4, 2012.

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