The Learn and Serve America Youth Engagement Zones are designed to improve academic engagement - including student attendance and behavior - and academic achievement, high school graduation rates, and college-going rates by:
- Demonstrating the relevance of academic coursework and the value of civic engagement through service-learning;
- Connecting youth with citizens from diverse communities, backgrounds, and perspectives, providing them with expanded opportunities to serve; and
- Building enduring capacity within communities to use service as a solution to address pressing challenges.
These grants will provide support for “eligible partnerships” to develop coordinated school- or community-based service-learning opportunities for secondary school students. All partnerships must include, at a minimum, at least one local education agency, one community college, and one community-based entity.
Subject to the availability of appropriations for fiscal year 2011, CNCS anticipates the availability of approximately $5.7 million for new Youth Engagement Zones grants. CNCS anticipates making an estimated 5 to 7 grant awards that will range from approximately $700,000 to $1,500,000 to support three years of operations.
Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on March 31, 2011. Applications must arrive at CNCS by or before the deadline in order to be considered.
Letters of Intent to Apply
If you intend to apply, please send an email to YEZ@cns.gov by March 10, 2011.
Applicants must apply using eGrants, our web-based application system.