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YWO Dec 2011

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Youth Worker Opportunities 
News, Events and Articles for Youth Workers 
December 6, 2011
Youth Worker Opportunitie
A Relationship-Building Activity that Really Works!
By: Tim Duffey, Search Institute Senior TrainerSearch Institute's Building Assets Reducing Risks* is a proven schoolreform process that focuses on restructuring the grade 9 experience forstudents. One component of the program is a weekly class called "I-Time," which focuses on social competency, substance abuseprevention, student-to-student relationships, and teacher-to-studentrelationships.One of the activities offered in the I-Time curriculum is titled Rare Birds.The activity provides a unique opportunity for students to learn aboutone another (with the teacher leading the activity) in a way they arenot likely to encounter elsewhere in the school setting. Learn moreabout the activity and download the
Rare Birds 
activity to use in yournext relationship-building session!
New in November: Healthy Teen Relationships - Using Values& Choices to Teach Sex Education
By the Search InstituteDesigned to supplement existing health curriculum,
Healthy Teen Relationships 
provides an up-to-date approach that goes beyondbiology to explore the emotions and personal values that affect teens'sexual choices.
Inside you'll find:
ways to encourage healthy talk about sensitive subjectsgroup activities designed to get teens thinking about their choicesthe latest information on safer sex, STDs, and abstinenceHow to work with parents and schools so everyone's values arerespected, and teens still get the information they needTaking on topics ranging from values to media influences to teenpregnancy, this book's "abstinence-plus" approach is designed tointegrate easily into any curriculum and gives teachers and students anavenue for thoughtful discussion.Learn more >
Tips to Help First-Generation College Students to Beat theOdds...and Graduate
By USA Today EducationOf the 1.3 million first-time freshmen who took the Scholastic Aptitude
Grants to Implement Parent-Child Education ProgramDue Date:
December 15, 2011AVANCE, a nonprofitorganization that promotesparent education, will this yearaward $50,000 grants to fournonprofit organizations servinglow-income Hispanic families.The grants will be used toimplement AVANCE'sevidence-based parent-childeducation program as part ofits Unlocking America'sPotential Project. The project,funded by a $12.6 million grantfrom the W.K. KelloggFoundation, aims to expandAVANCE's parent-childeducation program across theUnited States over the courseof three years.read more>>
Grants for Peace GardensDue Date
: January 9, 2012In an effort to help schools sowthe seeds of respect, theNational GardeningAssociation will distribute 50award packages - a value ofmore than $500, including$400 in gardening suppliesand $100 for soil amendmentsand plants - for the MuhammadAli Peace Center PeaceGarden Grant program,sonsored b Yum! Brands
Test (SAT) last year, 28 percent were first-generation college students,according a study in
Research in Higher Education...
read more 
Middle Schoolers Getting Prepped for College
By Education WeekMiddle school students are being asked to do much more than takeprealgebra these days; they're being asked to start launching theirfuture careers. A rise in college- and career-readiness programstargeted at middle schoolers, particularly disadvantaged ones, hasbeen spurred by mounting research that shows middle school is akey time to improve the academics and attitudes needed to succeed inhigh school, college, and beyond...read more 
Expanding Accountability Beyond the School
By The Quick and the EdEven in the most troubled neighborhoods and communities-thosedisrupted by poverty, poor health, violence and other ills-there areusually far more services available for children and youth than isreadily apparent. Public agencies, non-profit organizations, charities,and volunteer groups all try hard to do their part to help kids grow uphealthy and safe, and successfully gain the education they need toescape the grip of poverty. But, in most places, each of these serviceproviders-the local school, the after school program, the free clinic,the Head Start program, the housing assistance organization, thecounseling service and so on-work in isolation. So, what would it taketo get all of these providers to both coordinate their efforts around asingle goal and agree to measure their progress in meeting it?...readmore
College Positive Volunteerism
By Michigan Campus Compact
Across the country, many college students volunteer through theirpostsecondary institutions to work with K-12 youth as mentors,tutors, event-specific participants, etc. College PositiveVolunteers (CPVs) are those college students and theiradministrators who are aware of how they impact the collegeenthusiasm and readiness of the K-12 youth they interact withas they volunteer in local communities.
If you're interested in morematerial about college positive volunteerism pleasecheck here.
Social Media and MentoringPresented by The Mentoring Partnership of MinnesotaDate:
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
12:00-1:00 PM CST
Learn More & Register
National Mentoring Month is around the corner. Maximize thisannual opportunity to increase visibility, and recruit mentors, foryour program by designing an effective social media campaign.The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, in partnership withFriends for Youth, Inc. and Mass Mentors, will share our "Top 12for 2012" - a list of easy, practical tips that will help mentoringprograms optimize their social media efforts. Features: SarahKremer, Program Director atFriends for Youth, Inc.; RichGreif, Director of Marketing & Partnerships atMass MentoringPartnership; and Mindy Twetten, MPM Marketing CommitteeMember and Assistant Account Executive at COLLE+McVOY, anadvertising agency in Minneapolis.
 Foundation. The grouprecognizes and supports youthgardening programs focusedon peace and hungerawareness in the United Statesand around the world. To beeligible, a school ororganization must plan togarden in 2012 with at least 15children between the ages of 3and 18. Schools in the UnitedStates must have a studentbody eligible for 50 percent ormore reduced or free lunch.
For more information, click here .
Gates Millennium Scholars:Scholarship Program for Low-Income Minority StudentsDue Date:
January 11, 2012The Gates Millennium ScholarsProgram selects 1,000 talentedstudents each year to receive agood-through-graduationscholarship to use at thecollege or university of theirchoice. Recipients areoutstanding minority studentswith significant financial need.In addition to getting financialhelp to go to college, GatesMillennium Scholarsparticipate in leadershipprograms and receiveacademic support throughouttheir college careers.readmore>>
Facility Investment andBuilding Reserve Grants forArts and Culture ProgramsDue Date:
March 1, 2012The Kresge Foundation, one ofthe few national foundationsthat help nonprofits build andmaintain facilities, is offeringgrants meant to start orenhance building reservefunds at arts and cultureorganizations. Funds are to beused for the ongoingmaintenance and replacementof an organization's facilities.View the full announcementand application instructions.read more>>
Singing for ChangeDue Date:
Rolling DeadlineSinging for Change grants areawarded to programs that workto improve the health,education and safety ofchildren and their families and
Getting Started in Service-LearningPresented by The National Youth Leadership CouncilDate:
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
5:00-6:00 PM CST
Want to learn more about service-learning? Join us in this webinar tolearn the basics! We'll give an overview of service-learning, share bestpractices, and discuss a step-by-step plan to help you get started.
FAFSA: Essentials and UpdatesPresented by the National Association for College AdmissionsCounseling
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
1:00pm CST
This fall, an estimated 19.7 million students are attending twoand four-year colleges and universities across the United States -an increase of 4.4 million since 2000 (National Center forEducation Statistics). Although these data indicate record collegeenrollment, the figures could actually be even greater. Morespecifically, many students across America still do not participatein the college application process, often citing a perceived inabilityto afford the cost of higher education.In an effort to help counselors, students and families understandthe educational borrowing process, this Webinar will provide anoverview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, whilealso highlighting application and program changes to the 2012-13FAFSA.
Register Here 
Using Data and Inquiry to Build Equity-Focused College-GoingCulturesPresented by the Center for Urban Education (CUE), Boston PublicSchools, and the National College Access NetworkDate: December 14, 2011Time 12-1pm CSTCost: Free 
In this webinar, presenters from the Center for Urban Education(CUE), Boston Public Schools, and the National College AccessNetwork (NCAN) will describe their work in promoting an equity-basedcollege-going culture through the use of the Equity Scorecard™-achange process, previously implemented only in the college anduniversity setting, that examines racial inequities in educationaloutcomes. A pilot project engaged practitioners in two very diversehigh schools in Boston in action-oriented research to raise theirawareness of existing racial inequities and developing plans toeliminate them. Presenters will discuss the process of analyzing dataand changing practices as well as highlight recommendations forinstitutions and districts looking to promote a more equitable college-going culture.
Register Here
aim to foster self-esteem, self-sufficiency, nonviolence andcreative problem solving.Learn more and download thegrant application form atthe Singing for Changewebsite. read more>>
Scholastic Book GrantsDue Date
: Rolling DeadlineScholastic is sponsoringdonations of 500 to 1,000books to nonprofitorganizations that fosterliteracy and a joy of readingamong at-risk youth andfamilies. Scholastic isparticularly interested inpromoting literacy in inner-cityand rural areas.
Click here to download an application.
Thedeadline is rolling.
Educator Event at VictoryGardens TheaterHosted by:
Caucus of Rankand Filed Educators
Date: December 8, 2011Time:
Location: Victory GardensTheater,
2433 N. Lincoln Ave,Chicago, IL
On December 8th from 5-7pm,educators are welcomed toVictory Gardens BiographTheater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave,Chicago, for cocktails, snacksand a preview of several social justice and arts relatedopportunities for them and theirstudents.If you are interested, RSVPwith Megan Campbell at 773-634-9874 or show up!
Center for Experiential Learning Tel: (773) 508.3366Sullivan Center for Student Services Fax: (773) 508.3955Loyola University Chicago experiential@luc.edu6339 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL 60660

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