July/August 08 YV National Newsletter


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July/August 08 YV National Newsletter

  1. 1. 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 Spotlight...Starring 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-Atlantic 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.
  2. 2. Look for information about next year's Summit coming soon!! Sincerely, Youth Venture Golden Opportunities Take advantage of these great grants, programs, and scholarships!! The Mind Trust's Education Entrepreneur Fellowship 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 initiatives. Deadline: September 5, 2008 Website: http://www.themindtrust.org/edFellowship.aspx Lideres de Hoy National Essay Contest 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 with discrimination. Deadline: September 12, 2008 Website: http://lideres.nclr.org/opportunities/2008_essay_contest_/ Ann M. Martin Foundation Foundation Grant 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 fund. Deadline: September 15, 2008 Website: http://www.scholastic.com/annmartin/foundation.htm 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
  3. 3. Website: http://www.statefarmyab.com/apply.php Nestle Very Best in Youth 2009 Program 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 Website: www.nestle-verybestinyouth.com 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. YV Nation 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 Superhero! 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 energy. 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
  4. 4. barrels, a natural purification system, and natural refrigeration that allows rain water to be used for sustainable gardening. 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. " Maya Angelou American Writer Venture Spotlight...Starring Pure Water 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
  5. 5. Langley, Washington 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, click here. Youth Venture Contact Information 1700 North Moore Street Suite 2000 Arlington, Virginia 22209 Phone: 703.527.4126 GenV.net-Youth Venture National Office Forward email Email Marketing by This email was sent to yvfellowship@youthventure.org by newsletter@youthventure.org. Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. Youth Venture | 1700 N. Moore Street | Arlington | VA | 22209