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Youth Worker Opportunities
News, Events and Articles for Youth Workers

December 24, 2011

Youth Worker Opportunities
Events
Word Play: Open Mic and Writing Workshop Hosted by: Young Chicago Authors Date: January 3, 2012 Time: 6pm-9pm Location: 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor Cost: Free YCA Master Teaching Artist Idris Goodwin will be January’s Wordplay poet-in-residence. Join him for a writing and performance workshop at 6PM and stay for the open mic and featured artist at 7. Each month Wordplay is hosted by a new poet in residence, see youngchicagoauthors.org for updates. I am a Mentor Social Media Day Hosted by: MENTOR Date: January 11, 2012 Time: 12am-11:30pm Location: Facebook Cost: Free Join with youth mentors and mentoring programs around the country January 11 and help inspire others to learn about mentoring and how they can make a difference in the life of a child. Now in its 11th year, National Mentoring Month focuses attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government a g e n ci e s, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure brighter futures for our young people. Together, the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Corporation for National and Community Service are working to focus national attention on the need for mentors. This year’s National Mentoring Month theme is Invest in the future. Mentor a child. Learn more. Parental Notification Act of Illinois and How it Impacts Youth Hosted by: Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health Date: January 11, 2012 Time: 5pm-7pm Location: ICAH OFFICE, 226 S. Wabash Ave, Suite 900 Cost: Free

Interested in learning about job, internship or volunteering opportunities?
If you're looking to switch career or hoping to make a lasting impact on your community through volunteering, please visit our job listing page here. If you're interested in sharing a job, volunteer or internship opportunity that your organization has. Please email me at Aslupski@luc.edu so I can post it on our job listing page.

Project Impact
The Center for Experiential Learning is hosting a competition where studentpartner teams create media highlighting the way that their job, project, internship or research from the 2011-2012 academic year has impacted the student, the community partner or employer, and the community/larger social issue their work addresses. Studentpartner teams can choose from an ePortfolio, photo essay, or video format. A selection committee will view the final media projects and select winning projects for each category and an overall winner.

Join the youth from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health for an informational session on the Parental Notification Act in Illinois and how it impacts YOU! To learn more contact Tiffany Pryor at ICAH. Call 312-427-4460 ext 236.

Quality Counts: Making a Positive Impact on Youth Tough Mentoring Conference Hosted by: Mentor Kenosha and Racine Date: January 20, 2012

To submit to the PROJECT IMPACT media contest:

Decide which community experience you want to document. Choose between an ePortfolio, photo essay, or video to document your IMPACT Fill out a proposal here ePORTFOLIO, PHOTO ESSAY AND VIDEO WINNER PRIZE: The winning projects from each category will be

Time: 8:30am-4:00pm Location: University of Wisconsin-Parkside Cost: Varies Please join Mentor Kenosha & Racine at our annual mentoring conference at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. This year, the conference is titled, "Quality Counts: Making a Positive Impact with Youth," and it should be no surprise that the emphasis will be on how t o create and maintain a quality program in order to maximize the impact with youth. Mentoring program staff or education staff, social workers, and all other youth-serving professionals are highly encouraged to attend. Register

Webinars
Tough Minds, Tender Hearts: Reflection to Support ServiceLearning Presented by the National Youth Leadership Council Date: January 12, 2012 Time 4pm CST Cost: Free

showcased in a Project Impact Gallery at the annual Civic Engagement Forum on April 21, 2012. STUDENT GRAND PRIZE: $750 towards purchasing books for Fall 2012 semester*. COMMUNITY PARTNER GRAND PRIZE: Submission of materials to media outlets in Chicago.
*Alternate awards for seniors graduating in Spring 2012 will be arranged. Learn more about PROJECT IMPACT here.

Free webinar January 12, 2012 exploring Dr. Martin Luther King’s teachings and service-learning through the power of reflection. Register Here Building a Youth Council Presented by the National Youth Leadership Council Date: January 18, 2012 Time 8pm CST Cost: Free

Schools and community organizations can reap benefits by tapping the creative, enthusiastic, and insightful ideas and voices of young people. This webinar will explore the powerful benefits of engaging and empowering youth voice within organizational leadership teams. The nuts and bolts of how to set up a youth advisory council will be examined. Register Here Sustaining Service-Learning Presented by the National Youth Leadership Council Date: January 24, 2012 Time 4pm CST Cost: Free

Need volunteers during the summer?
Illinois Campus Compact is looking for host sites for their 40 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers this summer.

Illinois Campus Compact is specifically looking for organizations where Summer Associates can enhance programs that support at-risk youth through tutoring and mentoring during an 8-week placement. If you're interested in hosting a Summer Associate please contact me at Aslupski@luc.edu with your name, organization and a brief description of the volunteer work.

Free webinar January 12, 2012 exploring Dr. Martin Luther King’s teachings and service-learning through the power of reflection. Register Here

Opportunities for Young People
Civic Education Project - Accepting Nominations The Civic Education Project's programs are designed to help promising students in grades 7 through 12 develop the knowledge, experience and leadership skills they need to make a positive impact on the world. We are currently accepting nominations to help us identify outstanding middle and high school students who have an interest in civic engagement. Once nominated, students will be sent a personalized invitation to apply to one of our innovative programs. If you would like copies of our catalogs and/or applications, they are available for download as soon as they are published. To request hard copies of any program catalogs or brochures, please contact us.

Funding Opportunities
Dermatology Shade Structure Grant Program

Due Date: January 2, 2012 The American Academy of Dermatology's Shade Structure

Year Up - Accepting Applications Deadline: January 3rd

Dermatology's Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants for the purchase of permanent structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet ray protection for outdoor areas used by children and teens. The academy also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure warning against the dangers of excessive sun exposure. read more>> Dermatology Shade Structure Grant Program Grants for Peace Gardens Due Date: January 9, 2012 In an effort to help schools sow the seeds of respect, the National Gardening Association will distribute 50 award packages - a value of more than $500, including $400 in gardening supplies and $100 for soil amendments and plants - for the Muhammad Ali Peace Center Peace Garden Grant program, sponsored by Yum! Brands Foundation. The group recognizes and supports youth gardening programs focused on peace and hunger awareness in the United States and around the world. To be eligible, a school or organization must plan to garden in 2012 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Schools in the United States must have a student body eligible for 50 percent or more reduced or free lunch. For more information, click here. Gates Millennium Scholars: Scholarship Program for LowIncome Minority Students

Year Up is looking for motivated young adults who have a true interest in technology to fill the 45 seats in the upcoming class that starts March 2012. Year Up is: -A one year intensive education and training program for 18-24 year-old young adults -A free opportunity to earn up to 18 college credits and an educational stipend -6 months of course work in Business Communications, Information Technology and Professional Skills -6 months of a corporate internship For more information please contact Amy Cheng, Admissions Manager, at (312) 726-5300 ext 4507 or at acheng@yearup.org

Resources
Do Something about Childhood Obesity by National AfterSchool Association
There are dozens of curricula that address issues of childhood obesity. NAA encourages you to “just do it” with our convention partner, the GO FAR Program. Become part of NAA’s 2 nd annual 5k race/fun walk at the 2012 convention. You’ll learn how you can incorporate this 10-week curriculum into your afterschool program and really do something to change eating and fitness habits – for kids and adults. Read more HERE. Realizing the College Dream by ECMC Foundation When you’re a teacher, few things are more frustrating than watching bright students with endless potential rule out college because they think it's too expensive or a waste of time. Realizing the College Dream can help you reach those students and show them that college is one opportunity they can’t afford to miss. Realizing the College Dream helps educators increase college attendance among low-income, first-generation students with: - Hands-on activities and interactive workshops about planning and paying for college - Experiences that challenge students to see themselves in college - Eye-opening information about the economic value of college To download Realizing the College Dream for free click here Beliving the College Dream by ECMC Foundation

Due Date: January 11, 2012 The Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at the college or university of their choice. Recipients are outstanding minority students with significant financial need. In addition to getting financial help to go to college, Gates Millennium Scholars participate in leadership programs and receive academic support throughout their college careers. read more>>

Think 4th grade is too early to start planning for college? Neither do we. That’s why we created Believing the College Dream, so you can start talking to your middle schoolers now. Believing the College Dream helps 4th through 8th grade students and their families by: Showing them that going to college is within their grasp Helping them believe in themselves and their ability to succeed in school Teaching them how to identify people they can trust to support their journey in education Giving families and communities tools, information and the college-bound attitude they need to support their children

We created Believing the College Dream for teachers, counselors

and community-based organizations—anyone who is working to open the door to higher education for college hopefuls. To download Believing the College Dream for free click here Step It Up To Thrive by Thrive Foundations for Youth This site provides you with instructions and resources to help youth envision and work towards their full potential. Step-It-Up-2-Thrive is a theory of change with four stages. The first stage is identification of youths’ sparks, followed by development of a growth mindset, and then encouragement of youth self-reflection in indicators of thriving . The fourth stage builds youths’ goal management skills, or what we term GPS (Goal selection, Pursuit of strategies, and Shifting gears in the face of challenge). The full Step-It-Up-2-Thrive process motivates youth to achieve personal development goals. To visit the site click here. Service-Learning and HIV/AIDS Prevention: Mobilizing Youth Action by National Youth Leadership Council In recognition of HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, this title is 25% off at the NYLC Bookstore! Our Y-RISE curriculum empowers middle and high school-aged youth to learn about HIV/AIDS, educate their peers, and address local and global needs through service-learning. Learn more.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants Due Date: January 18, 2012 AmeriCorps funds projects that use AmeriCorps volunteers to strengthen communities. Programs are encouraged to promote one of the Corporation for National and Community Service's six focus areas: Disaster services Economic opportunity Education Environmental stewardship Healthy futures Veterans and military families Application guidelines read more>> Singing for Change Due Date: Rolling Deadline Singing for Change grants are awarded to programs that work to improve the health, education and safety of children and their families and aim to foster self-esteem, selfsufficiency, nonviolence and creative problem solving. Learn more and download the grant application form at the Singing for Change website. read more>> Scholastic Book Grants Due Date: Rolling Deadline Scholastic is sponsoring donations of 500 to 1,000 books to nonprofit organizations that foster literacy and a joy of reading among at-risk youth and families. Scholastic is particularly interested in promoting literacy in inner-city and rural areas. Click here to download an application. The deadline is rolling.

Articles
Student-Centered Learning in Afterschool: Putting Students' Needs and Interests First by Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Student-Centered Learning in Afterschool: Putting Students' Needs and Interests First is an issue brief that highlights a spectrum of examples of unique approaches to student-centered learning. This issue brief reaffirms the flexibility and versatility of afterschool programs in serving students' most pressing needs and keenest interests. Read More

Afterschool: A Strategy for Addressing and Preventing Middle School Bullying by After School Alliance
A new MetLife Foundation issue brief entitled “Afterschool: A Strategy for Addressing and Preventing Middle School Bullying” exhibits how afterschool programs that provide access to caring adults and offer a more informal environment that is distinct from the school day allow children to feel safe from peer pressure, build confidence and learn how to deal with bullies. Full Text

Caution - Expanding Learning Time Does Not Equal Expanded Learning by Karen Pittman, Forum for Youth Investment
The concept of expanded learning is gaining new traction all over the country - and that, ironically, should worry many of us who have been promoting it for years. Full Text

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