September 08 YV National Newsletter


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September 08 YV National Newsletter

  1. 1. Youth Venture National Newsletter September 2008 In This Issue Dear Kristin, Golden Opportunities September is an exciting month here at Youth Venture. We have two challenges currently underway each with a cash prize and YV Nation other opportunities for your Venture: the Staples Young Social In Your Neck of the Entrepreneur Competition and the Best Buy @15™ Challenge with Youth Venture. To find out how you can get more funding and Woods improve YOUR Venture, and to see if you are eligible to double your Venture Spotlight chances of winning and enter both, see the YV Nation section below to learn more! Quick Links It's the start of a new academic year for most, which means it's not only time to hit the books, but it's also a great time to collaborate About Youth Venture with classmates and peers to grow your changemaking initiative YV Mid-Atlantic and to network with educators, administrators, and community YV Mid-West members. Utilize all of the "Grow It" tools on YV New England YV New York and Virtual Sincerely, YV National YV Seattle Youth Venture YV Digital Donate Now Golden Opportunities Take advantage of these great grants, programs, and scholarships! 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 Website: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Award The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in middle level and high school grades for outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Young people in grades 5-12 who have conducted a volunteer service activity within the past year are eligible to apply for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Over the past 13 years, the program has honored more than 80,000 young volunteers at the local,
  2. 2. state, and national level. Honorees have the chance to receive an award of up to $5,000, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, or other forms of recognition for their service. Deadline: October 31, 2008 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: The Truman Scholarship Scholarship The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. Sixty to sixty-five students will be awarded Truman Scholarships in 2009. They will receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission and merit-based aid to some premier graduate institutions, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Deadline: February 3, 2009 Website: Want more information about scholarships, programs, and grants? Many more are listed on Check out the following links: Opportunities for Venturers and Grants and Scholarship Opportunities for Venturers. YV Nation Get Pumped for Youth Venture Competitions! The Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition: Now through October 15, 2008 Youth Venture is partnering with Staples® and Changmakers to present an online competition that seeks young changemakers who are leaders in their communities. This collaborative competition will identify innovative and creative ideas that young people are making and accelerate their development, innovation, and potential for impact in their communities. Four Finalists (two from the United States and two from France) will be selected to fly out to the Staples Headquarters and, one grand prize winner, chosen from the four finalists, will receive a suite of products from Staples with a total value of $5,000. To learn more about the competition, click here. The Best Buy @15™ Challenge with Youth Venture: Now through October 27, 2008 If you want to expand the impact of your Venture or have a unique or creative approach to making change in your community, we want to know. The Best Buy @15™ Challenge will award 15, $10,000 grants to the Venture Teams that display the greatest creativity and community impact in their Venture and the clearest vision of how to create sustainable change. The winners will be determined by an online vote by the public and will join Best Buy for the competition announcement and a celebration. Click here for an application and to learn more! Ultimate Changemaker Winner!
  3. 3. Submitted by: gogreengirl2 Youth Venture Superhero, EnvironmentaGirl, often fights evil with her sidekick RecyclaGal. She uses amazing superhuman abilities against her arch nemeses are Mr.Landfill and BigLumberCompany. One of her abilities is to make any form of plant life to grow at her command even on concrete and asphalt. It can also be used to bind her opponents. The plant life she grows can withstand any blade and can survive anything that man can do to try and destroy it. She also has the ability to disintegrate any form of matter therefore ridding the need for landfills. She also has the power of speech and can convince any person that recycling is a very important topic and should not be taken lightly and should be done to save the environment. Learn more about EnvironmentaGirl and other ultimate changemaker superheroes. Visit to find out about other exciting programs that Youth Venture is sponsoring! "Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders." -Tom Peters "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." -Andrew Carnegie "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt In Your Neck of the Woods Seattle, WA- Youth Venture welcomes our newly launched office in Seattle to the YV community of changemakers. Youth Venture Seattle is reaching out and providing support to young people within their region. If you or a young person you know has an idea to make positive change in the Seattle community, contact or (206) 323-1848 to speak directly with one of our Seattle staff. New York, NY- This past summer Youth Venture-New York partnered with Oasis Children's Services, The Beacon Program, and The Door youth center to turn New York City into a community of Changemakers. Participating youth, ages 9-18, worked on building their own community organizations in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, focusing on issues about which they were the most passionate. In their efforts to create changes in their communities, the prospective Venture Teams tackled a variety of issues including global warming, pet rescue, comprehensive sex education, poverty in Africa, and the digital divide. After six weeks of intense brainstorming and planning, over 75 Teams presented at Selection Panels all over New York City, showing adults and volunteers how young people are making a positive impact. YV is so proud of these Changemakers and the work to which they have committed themselves. As they all transition back into the school year, we will be supporting them through the complete the launch process and make New York City a place where everyone truly is a Changemaker! If you're looking to connect with other Venturers and young changemakers within your region, contact to learn more about joining or creating regional listservs. Use listservs to share ideas, seek advice, and stay informed as to what is going on in your broader community and how it relates to the growth and sustainability of your Venture. Venture Spotlight Starring: JJ Express
  4. 4. JJ Express makes headlines in Maryland newspaper! "Jenny Chen, 17, a recent graduate of Thomas S. Wootton High School, dreamed of being published in a magazine when she was younger. Chen and her brother Jack, 15, who helped start the magazine, enlist the help of artists around the world as well as local youth to create the publication, which they have dubbed JJ Express. Focusing primarily on comics and cartoon art, but with several written articles as well, the magazine aims to encourage youth to affect social change. Highlighting important issues through comics and cartoons makes it exciting for youth to read about, they said. 'The graphic novel market is so popular and rising really fast,' Jenny Chen said. 'Absolutely everyone, from any culture or background, loves to read comics and cartoons.' About 200 copies are printed, and sold for $3.50 through online distribution. According to Jack, the name comes from the initials of his and his sister's first names, and the word 'Express' - which embodies both moving forward and self-expression." Excerpt and photp provided by Gazette.Net. Read the entire Gazette.Net article featuring Jenny and Jack's innovative Venture and learn more about JJ Express. YV Shout Out Venture Team, Youth Action, of Philadelphia, PA celebrated their 5th anniversary at their annual gala last month. Throughout their FIVE years of hard work, their organization has focused on youth-empowerment and tackled some of the tough issues affecting Philadelphia community members including teen pregnancy, homelessness and public health. Way to go, Youth Action! Keep up the great work! Check out Youth Action's citizen sector 501(c)3 organization. Check out Youth Venture Teams to learn more about other Venture Teams. Compose an Action Plan to start your own Venture. Chat with other Venturers via Forums. Youth Venture Contact Information 1700 North Moore Street Suite 2000 Arlington, VA 22209 Phone: 703.527.4126 Venture National Office Forward email Email Marketing by This email was sent to by Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. Youth Venture | 1700 N. Moore Street | Arlington | VA | 22209