STEMester of Service Grants

Posted by on June 27, 2011

Youth Service America Invites Applications From Middle School Educators for STEMester of Service Grants
Deadline: August 8, 2011

Administered by Youth Service America, the STEMester of Service Grants program is designed to support middle school educators in STEM subject areas in engaging their students in a semester of service.

The STEMester of Service incorporates YSA’s Semester of Service framework to engage educators and students in addressing critical environmental and disaster preparedness needs and connecting them to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula. The program is funded by Learn and Serve America, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

YSA is seeking grant applications from STEM educators at middle schools (grades 6, 7, and 8) with large populations of disadvantaged youth (50 percent or more of the students qualify for a free or reduced price lunch). Schools must be located in one of the nineteen states with the highest dropout rates: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wyoming. Afterschool programs with strong academic connections that engage middle school students are also eligible.

The program provides grants of $5,000 each to support teachers and afterschool program facilitators as they engage local partners and guide students in addressing local needs through planning and implementing sustainable service projects that launch on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 16, 2012) and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). Participants must attend a training at YSA’s Youth Service Institute October 24-26, 2011, in Philadelphia. (A small percentage of the grant covers travel and lodging for the institute.)

Visit the YSA Web site for complete program information, the eligibility quiz, and the application.

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