MLRC Institute 'Cyberbullying' Video Contest | Deadline: November 14, 2013
As the Internet, technology and social media have become more and more a part of our everyday lives, cyberbullying has become a national concern. Though bullies have always existed, technology is providing them with more invasive ways to torment their targets. As a means of combating the problem, many states have passed cyberbulling laws, schools have developed policies to deal with the issue, and individuals are coming forward to tell their stories. Create a video discussing your thoughts or experiences with cyberbullying or how an authority, such as your school or state, has dealt with the problem. Entries can be videos of any style so long as they discuss the issue of cyberbullying, and are no longer than 5 minutes in duration.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/128yTVz
2013/2014 First Freedom Student Competition | Deadline: November 18, 2013
AThe First Freedom Student Competition is a first-semester national essay and video contest. It offers high-school students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation. Topic * Should the advancement of freedom of religion be a part of U.S. foreign policy? If so, why? If not, why not? What challenges might the United States face in trying to advance religious freedom internationally? (Please support your arguments with academically respected sources that consider differing views.) * Does religious oppression half way around the world affect you and other citizens? If so, how? If not, why not? * How does Eleanor Roosevelt's statement that universal human rights begin in "small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world" apply to you and the impact that you and your generation can have on the advancement of freedom of religion and conscience now and in the future, at home and abroad? Video entries should be 5-7 minutes in play length.
Learn more: http://firstfreedom.org/education/students.html
Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants | Deadline: January 31, 2014
Do you know where your next meal is coming from? One in five children in America donít. But this is a problem that can be solved, and kids are a part of the solution. Thatís why YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Foundation are offering Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants, funding of up to $500 for youth to lead projects focused on ending childhood hunger in their communities.
Learn more: http://www.ysa.org/grants/sodexoyouth
World We Want Foundation Grants | Deadline: Rolling
The World We Want Foundation promotes and supports Young Global Citizens making positive social change in their communities and around the world. They work with and through Partner Organizations and Mentors youth applicants provide; help young people design and conduct meaningful Social Action Projects and acquire substantive knowledge and 21st-century skills while creating social value; provide micro-grants to support their Projects; provide an online funding platform to encourage and allow others to help fund their Projects; and provide an online Showcase to share their Stories of Social Impact with the world.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/11IE94
Teen Ink Contests | Deadlines: Rolling
Since 1989, the website/magazine/book publisher Teen Ink, has invited submssions from teen writers for inclusion in its magazine. It's a great opportunity to get your work published. Here are the current categories. Cover Art—Send your best photo or artwork and it could be published on the cover of Teen Ink magazine. Nonfiction—Two winners selected every month out of the following nonfiction sections: Nonfiction, Focus/Special Issue, College Essays, Heroes, Pride & Prejudice, Health, What Matters, and Sportsl Poetry—Are you the next Maya Angelou or e.e. cummings? Serious, funny, long or short - send us your poems today! One winner selected each month! Educator of the Year— Send your nominating essay today to recognize that amazing teacher in your life, and give him or her a chance to be in the spotlight. Fiction—Fairy tales, sci-fi, horror, romance - short stories galore! Entries of all kinds are accepted throughout the year. Winner selected twice yearly. Travel & Culture—Hiking in Yosemite. Strolling through Paris. Celebrating Chinese New Year. Describe your latest cultural adventures at home or abroad. Winners selected twice a year. Environment—Hybrid cars? Required recycling? Tell us about a problem facing the planet ... and abour your solutions and ideas. Winners selected annually. Community Service Awards—What do you do to make the world a better place? Tell us about it and win $100 for your favorite charity, plus a prize for you. Winners selected annually.
Learn more at: http://www.teenink.com/Contests
Pepsi Refresh Grants | Deadline: Monthly competition
Pepsi is looking for ideas from individuals, non-profits and pro-social businesses that can make a positive impact in the community. Ideas should be feasible and completed 12 months from the date you receive the first funds. Each month, up to $1.3 million will be awarded as follows: 2 Grants at the $250,000 level; 10 Grants at the $50,000 level; 10 Grants at the $25,000 level; and 10 Grants at the $5,000 level. Winning proposals are chosen by voters visiting the Pepsi Refresh website. Eligibility: any age.
Learn more at: http://www.refresheverything.com/index
WaysToHelp.org Grants | Deadline: Ongoing
WaysToHelp.org invites teens in the United States to apply for grants to fund their community service ideas across any one of 16 issue areas. You can apply for a grant, by visiting www.waystohelp.org and for any issue area, selecting "See Ways To Help" followed by "Apply for a Grant". Applications are short - just 5,000 words or less - and should summarize: how the project will involve others, who it will help, what effect it's expected to have, when it will start and how the funds will be used. Grant requests are reviewed and responded to on a monthly basis.
Learn more at: http://www.waystohelp.org
CSO Opportunity Scholar | Deadline: Rolling
Complete the Connect Now profile and become a CSO Opportunity Scholar. In addition to using this site to send you academic and extracurricular profiles to colleges and universities recruiting first-generation, low-income, and minority students, CSO's free services include monthly email newsletters, college admissions guidance and support, and the chance to win a $1,0000 Opportunity Scholarship and become a future Opportunity Scholars blogger at the end of your senionr year. Connect Now and the Opportunity Scholars program are completely free of charge.
Learn more at: http://csocollegecenter.org/connectnow.aspx
Do Something Seed Grants | Deadline: Rolling
Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a DoSomething Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Do Something Seed Grants are targeted towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started. These grants can be used to jump-start your program or to realize your ideas for the first time. These are grants for all types of community action projects around causes that you care about and are important in your community.
Learn more at: http://www.dosomething.org/grants/seedgrants
Do Something Growth Grants | Deadline: Rolling
Did you create a sustainable community action project, program or organization that you want to grow? Are you looking for funding to take your already successful project to the next level? If you answered "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Growth Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Growth Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Do Something Growth Grants are targeted towards projects that are already developed and sustainable. These grants go towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.
Learn more at: http://www.dosomething.org/grants/growthgrants
Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge | Deadline varies; see website.
The Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge program is designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. Middle and high school teams comprised of 5 to 10 students and one teacher advisor are invited to participate in four initial challenges, each addressing a different environmental element -- land, water, air, and climate. Maximum Award: $75,000. Eligibility: students in grades 6-12 and their teachers. Deadline: varies.
Learn more at: http://www.scholastic.com/lexus
Mix It Up Grants | Deadline: Rolling
The Southern Poverty Law Center is accepting applications for its Mix It Up grants program to support on-going projects led and directed by youth (ages 13 years and older) that challenge the status quo, are creative in their approach to encouraging engagement in socially just behaviors, involve collaborations across social boundaries, and are fiscally responsible.
Maximum award: $500. Ages served: middle and high school.
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