Youth Service America

Contact Information

1101 15th St NW
Ste 200
Washington, DC 20005 - 5002
(202) 296-2992 125
FY 2015 Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service Grants

Executive Summary

This program will primarily address the issues of education and economic opportunity - specifically, the need to keep students actively engaged in and connected to their school so that they graduate with the 21st century skills necessary for economic success. With these needs in mind, this program will focus on making education more meaningful, authentic, and relevant... making schools places that are connected to the community, and where learning is used for more than passing standardized tests.

YSA will select 10 K-12 public schools to receive Beloved Community Innovation Schools grants. Each will receive a $3,000 grant to support their efforts to authentically engage students on MLK Day of Service.

This will be a national program, and all K-12 public schools in the United States will be eligible to apply. (In year one, applications will only be accepted from current Good Neighbor Innovation Schools; this program was open to all K-12 public schools earlier this year). Geographic areas where targeted outreach will be conducted and where subgrantees are likely to be located include the 25 largest urban areas where 40% of disconnected youth live (list in narrative).

YSA is requesting $82,893 with a match of $194,649 from State Farm for a total program budget of $277,542. The proposed grant period is April 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017. State Farm funding has been secured to fund 20 Good Neighbor Innovation Schools, which provides 100% of the required match amount.

All 20 K-12 public schools will implement effective volunteer management practices as a result of capacity-building services provided by YSA. As a result, 10,000 students will be both recruited as volunteers (G3-3.1) and managed as volunteers (G3-3.2) on MLK Day (6,500 through CNCS-supported activities and 3,500 through State Farm-supported activities as part of our match.) The number of student volunteers will be primarily tracked through subgrantee school attendance records.

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