Youth Service America

Contact Information

1101 15th St NW
Ste 200
Washington, DC 20005 - 5002
(202) 296-2994
FY 2015 September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Grants

Executive Summary

YSA and Save the Children (STC) are pleased to collaborate on this proposal to train 1,000 volunteers who will mobilize a minimum of 2,000 young Americans to engage in at least 100 public education or community service activities that prepare communities for disasters as part of September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. YSA and STC are ideal partners. STC is a global leader in disaster preparation and relief, providing aid to millions of people in dozens of countries each year. Through direct, sustained intervention in response to America's disasters, STC partners with a vast network of organizations dedicated to disaster services. YSA helps young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. As experts in youth engagement, YSA partners with issue-area leaders like STC to dramatically increase the scale and impact of youth-led interventions.

YSA and STC will:

- Activate youth through a nation-wide call to service for 9/11, promoting STC's Prep Rally program through our extensive partnership networks;

- Train 1,000 youth and adult leaders to conduct at least 100 Prep Rallies and/or Prep Projects through in-person trainings and online webinars. We will create a toolkit specific to this program, drawing on our extensive body of knowledge on disaster preparation and youth engagement.

- Fund 20 local organizations to support youth-led efforts that prepare communities for disasters, and

- Recognize exceptional youth-led disaster preparation efforts, helping other communities to adapt and replicate them.

The program will be promoted nationally, with targeted outreach and in-person trainings in four geographic regions with the greatest need: the Mid-Atlantic (DC, MD, VA), the South (OK, TX, AR, LA, MS), California, and the Northeast Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT).

As a result of this program, 10,000 people -- mostly children -- will trained by volunteers in disaster readiness and 10,000 people will be directly benefited through disaster readiness service projects.

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