Youth Venture National Newsletter July/August 2008
In This Issue Dear Kristin,
Golden Opportunities Hello and welcome to this month's newsletter!
YV Nation The National Youth Venture
Venture Summit, held July 17-20, 2008 in
Washington, DC, brought
together more than
Meet an Ashoka Fellow 200 Venturers, young leaders,
and adult allies from across the
nation. Summit participants were
Quick Links welcomed by Gretchen Zucker,
GenV.net Executive Director of Youth
About Youth Venture Venture, during the opening ceremony.
YV Mid-West With twenty workshop offerings, participants
YV New England took part in sessions focusing on a variety of
YV New York and Virtual topics. Workshops offered included Multicultural
YV National Awareness, Building Your Small Business,
YV Seattle Facilitating Effective Meetings, and Effective
YV Digital Team Building. Participants also had the
opportunity to collaborate with each other
during open space meetings and team-building
exercises throughout the Summit.
Some of the highlights included an encouraging
and thought provoking speech on youth development in the 21st
century, delivered by Malia Lazu, one of the brightest minds in
progressive politics today.
Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka and Youth Venture, gave an
inspiring keynote speech on social entrepreneurship and building an
everyone a changemaker™ world.
Youth Venture would like to thank
the Venturers, Allies, and parents
who attended the National Youth
Venture Summit this year. Also, we
would like to give a special thank
you to our sponsors, Best Buy,
Starbucks Foundation, and Allianz
Foundation for their generous
support of the Summit.
Look for information about next year's Summit coming soon!!
Take advantage of these great grants, programs, and scholarships!!
The Mind Trust's Education Entrepreneur Fellowship
The Mind Trust is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to dramatically improve public education for
underserved students by empowering education entrepreneurs to develop or expand transformative education
Deadline: September 5, 2008
Lideres de Hoy National Essay Contest
The contest is an Allstate Insurance Company and National
Council of La Raza (NCLR) initiative that recognizes and celebrates
the work of Hispanic youth leaders making a difference in their
communities. The Líderes de Hoy essay contest provides an
opportunity for young Latinos to share their experiences in dealing
Deadline: September 12, 2008
Ann M. Martin Foundation
501(c)3 status is required to receive up to $20,000 from the Ann M. Martin Foundation which is interested in
supporting organizations in the areas of children, education and literacy programs, and homeless people and
animals. They are especially interested in small grassroots programs or portions of programs that are difficult to
Deadline: September 15, 2008
State Farm Youth Advisory Board
Service Learning Grant Program
Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000 and are evaluated by the youth advisory board for how well they utilize
service-learning to address: driver safety, environmental responsibility, financial literacy, access to higher
education, and disaster preparedness.
Deadline: October 3, 2008
Nestle Very Best in Youth 2009 Program
The Nestle Very Best in Youth 2009 Program which is sponsored by Nestle USA,
honors young people who have excelled in school and who are making their community
and the world a better place. Selected young people will be featured in a special
publication, honored at a black-tie ceremony in Los Angeles, California in July 2009
and will receive a host of Nestle products.
Deadline: November 20, 2008
Want more information about scholarships, programs, and grants? Many more
are listed on GenV.net. Check out the following links: Opportunities for
Venturers and Grants and Scholarship Opportunities for Venturers.
Check out Youth Venture's Special Initiatives!
Your Ultimate Changemaker
While Batman is busy protecting Gotham City from evil forces, he leaves the rest of the
world vulnerable to injustices and wrong doing! Does your community need a superhero to
bring an end to evil forces? Now is your chance to create your very own Youth Venture
Describe what your YV superhero would look like and what superhuman powers they
would have. Explain what evil forces your hero would fight and your hero's motivations for
helping your community. Don't forget to give your superhero a catchy name!
Be creative! Let your imagination run wild while creating the ultimate changemaker!
Enter today for your chance at winning a $50 VISA giftcard. For information about
deadlines and how to enter, go to Create Your Own YV Superhero.
Dr. Seuss Lorax Challenge Winners
Youth Venture recently launched a partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the Lorax Challenge, which allowed
youth from across the nation to submit ideas on how to improve the environment. The five Grand Prize
Winners received an all expense paid trip to the University of Florida for an Environmental Boot Camp,
held August 1-4.
And the Winners Are....
1,000 Trees Project Gallows Run Tree Squad - The Team endeavors to combat global
warming by planting 1,000 trees in their community.
Climate Action Club - The Team will install energy efficient software on all of their
campus computers. Also, they will install vending machines in their school to help reduce
Fielder's Choice: Making More than Just the Outfields Green - The Team will implement an annual "Green
Day" celebration at the Washington Nationals' baseball stadium. The event will serve as a way to help reduce
the stadium's carbon footprint and educate fans about eco-responsibility.
Going Green Computers and Consulting - The Team facilitates the recycling of old computers. The Venture
works with companies that take in the recycled computers to be refurbished, which are then brought into
schools and communities that are in need of newer technology.
Sustainable Water Recycling System - The Team aims to create a water recycling system that uses rain
barrels, a natural purification system, and natural refrigeration that allows rain water to be used for sustainable
For more information on the winners click here!
Visit GenV.net to find out about other exciting programs that Youth Venture is sponsoring!
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other
virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. "
Launched in February 2008, Pure Water Vending spotlights the shortage of clean, safe drinking water around
the world. Jane, Melia and Noelle from Merrimack, NH purchased a vending machine
and stocked it with bottled water at a local dance studio. The team will also sell
bottled water at popular community events.
Proceeds from sales will be donated to Pure Water for the World, a non-profit
organization that installs water purifying sand filters in remote villages
internationally. The Venture Team will make donations in $75 increments, which is
the cost of one water purifying system. Pure Water Vending was launched through
the United Way of Greater Nashua -Youth Venture partnership.
*Note: Article reprinted with permission of Suzanne Bates*
Congratulations to Venturers, Becca and Sejal!! Both of them were recipients of
the Discover Scholarships. Winners of the scholarship were selected based on overall excellence in the areas of
leadership and community service while successfully overcoming a hardship or challenge. Becca and
Segal were featured in Youth Service America's National Service Briefing, which highlighted their achievements
as young heroes.
Are you interested in learning more about what other Venture teams are doing...Are you ready to start
a Venture...Interested in chatting with other Venturers...Check out these links...Youth Venture Teams,
Action Plan, and Forums.
Meet an Ashoka Fellow
Ashoka is the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs-men and women with system
changing solutions for the world's most urgent social problems. Ashoka developed the concept of Youth
Venture from understanding a key insight of Ashoka Fellows in the field of youth development: one of the most
effective ways to improve the lives of youth is to empower them to realize their own ability to make positive
social change. Periodically, we present an Ashoka Fellow and her/his work to you.
Charlie Murphy - Power of Hope
Year Elected as a Fellow: 2005
Charlie Murphy believes that the energy and voices of young people are needed to help
build a world that works for everybody. Charlie is preparing adults to interact with youth
in ways that put youth in the center, encouraging their leadership and helping them
become agents of change in their communities. Through intergenerational learning
programs, the Power of Hope partners youth - successful and struggling - with visionary
adults. The relationship enables adults to unleash the creativity and entrepreneurial
qualities of youth. Teens and adult mentors use art as the medium for expression to
open up to one another through dance, music, and poetry. He encourages youth to
discover their own creativity and sense of purpose and to develop their leadership skills.
They return to their communities prepared to speak out about and take action on issues
that matter to them, assuming leadership roles that will help them develop into the
social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
In 2007 Charlie created a new organization, Partnership for Youth Empowerment (PYE) to further the spread of
best practices for youth engagement globally. Through PYE, Charlie is bringing his unique training approach to
communities and groups in the US, UK, and East Africa. In Uganda he mentors a growing team of young
professionals from large and small organizations to become leading social artists able to train others in practices
that engage the imagination, participation and commitment of young people. In the UK, Charlie leads a diverse
network of individuals and groups to establish LIFEbeat, a youth empowerment program based on the Power of
Hope model. In the US, Charlie has worked closely with organizations such as the US Youth Venture team to
integrate creative practices and powerful facilitation skills into the program model.
Find out more about Power of Hope.
Are you interested in learning more about Ashoka Fellows...click here. For more information about Ashoka,
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