Youth Service America
YSA's We Serve to Remember program will engage a diverse group of young people, ages 5-25, in learning about and honoring those who lost their lives on September 11th and those who responded to the tragedy by serving their communities and meeting critical community needs.
YSA will activate, fund, train, and recognize youth, schools, and community organizations to engage a minimum of 25,000 youth volunteers in serving their communities on 9/11. This set of activities is based on YSA's existing program model:
- YSA activates youth around issues that matter to them through large scale campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service
- YSA funds youth-led service and service-learning programs through over $1 million in YSA Grants annually
- YSA trains and supports youth and adults to build capacity of schools and community organizations to deliver high quality, effective programs.
- YSA recognizes youth, schools, and community organizations to raise public awareness of service activities and to share best practices.
The YSA program model will be applied to the We Serve to Remember program.
The program will be open to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. YSA will utilize its extensive partnership network to recruit both volunteers and subgrantees. During the subgrantee recruitment and review processes, YSA will target the largest cities or media markets by population. These cities include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Boston, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Seattle-Tacoma, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Denver, Cleveland-Akron, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Sacramento. While these geographic areas will be targeted, YSA will promote the program nationally and will award subgrants to organizations and project organizers anywhere in the United States.
YSA proposes to engage at least 25,000 youth volunteers, ages 5-25, in service or service-learning activities on September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.