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Youth Worker Opportunities
News, Events and Articles for Youth Workers

April 1, 2012

Youth Worker Opportunities
Events for Youth Workers and Non-Profit Professionals
Nonprofit Management Masters Information Session Hosted by: Spertus Institute Date: April 2 Time: 6-7pm Location: Spertus Insitute, 610 S. Michigan Ave Cost: Free One hour Information Session for the Masters in Nonprofit Management program (MSNM). Learn about the MSNM's comprehensive curriculum, applicability to the workplace, cost of attendance, financial aid options and more. The Information Session is for those looking for a nonprofit Masters degree program to prepare them for a career in working in the nonprofit sector, green jobs, etc. Offered in a full-time 1 year accelerated format to get you to your career goal in much quicker. Also offered in an evening format for those looking to earn their degrees while working full-time. Learn more. They're Not a Frill if You're Using Them Right: How to Save Money and Get More Done Using High-Skill Volunteers Hosted by: North Park University's Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management Date: April 4 Time: 9am-12pm Location: North Park University, 3225 W. Foster Avenue Cost: $37.50-$75 Interested in learning about job, internships and volunteering opportunities? If you are looking to switch careers or hoping to make a lasting impact on your community through volunteering, please visit our opportunities page here. Want to connect with the CEL? Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr Opportunities for Nonprofits Seeking Group Facilitators A Loyola dual-degree graduate student in Social Work and Women's & Gender Studies is looking to connect with group facilitators for interviews about their use of ritual in groups with African American women. Her hope is to find a group of leaders using therapeutic techniques that are specifically relevant to this population. The group facilitators must facilitate groups that are at least 30% African American women although the group does not need to be exclusively female or African American. Groups with transgender women will also be considered. If you would like to participate or know of any leads please contact Kathryn here. Faith and Public Health Leadership Institute The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation is partnering with the UIC Center for Public Health Practice to offer a

T h i s workshop will help nonprofit agencies discover how to make the most of high-skill volunteers—those lawyers, publicrelations specialists, accountants and other professionals who are increasingly interested in donating their expertise. We’ll explore how to: identify major projects on which volunteers can be helpful; integrate them into those projects; smooth relations between staff and volunteers, and make paid personnel more effective in deploying and supervising their unpaid counterparts; know when to consider volunteers for leadership positions, including the Board of Directors; and keep them motivated (using “The Big MAC approach”) so you can truly rely on them. The program is geared toward executive directors, program directors, and volunteer

coordinators, as well as any other staff or board member charged with overseeing volunteers. All attendees will take home a fresh perspective on the potential for volunteer contributions to their agency, as well as concrete ideas about how to attract, train, and retain the very best free help. Learn more and register

Nonviolence Training Hosted by: American Friends Service Committee Date: April 7 Time: 9am-12:30pm Location: American Friends Service Committee Chicago, 637 S Dearborn St # 3 Cost: $375 per person Join AFSC and 8th Day as part of the Chicago Spring event! http://chicagospring.org/#!/Join_April_7th There will be two separate events that morning: 9:00 am -12:00 pm workshop with 8th Day on the theory and practice of nonviolence space is limited please RSVP mzerkel@afsc.org 12:00-12:30 pm Open House and Mural Dedication join us to dedicate a mural created by students from the Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy. The students have been working with AFSC to learn about the impact of NATO and G8 policies on their community and the world and this is their culminating project. We will leave promptly at 12;30 to walk to Jackson and Dearborn where we will join folks from all over the city in a feeder march to Grant Park as part of the Occupy Chicago event Chicago Spring (http://chicagospring.org/#) NOTE: this march is non-permitted Rev Up!: Professional Development Training to Support Youth Organizing and Activism Hosted by: Chicago Freedom School Date: April 10-13 Location: Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street, Suite 3N Cost: $375 per person Join the Chicago Freedom School for a four day professional development training for adults who support youth activism in their organizations, schools, houses of worship, and neighborhoods. At the training, youth workers and organizers will: - Connect issue-based organizing, constituency-based organizing and other anti-oppression work to movement building - Understand the role of identity development as part of successful youth leadership development - Develop holistic leadership development and youth-led social change approaches that address the social-emotional needs of young people - Learn practical organizing and movement-building skills - Learn about different models of youth-led social change approaches To learn more about this training - including details about payment, training principles, logistics and registration - please visit our website. For additional information, please contact Hannah Jacoby at 312.435.1201 or hannah@chicagofreedomschool.org Aspiring CEO Networking Social Hosted by: North Park University's Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management Date: April 11 So, you have finally decided to put some action to your aspirations of being CEO. Join the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management along with North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management and a host of leading nonprofit organizations and networking partners for an evening of information, resources to fasttrack your career goals. Participants will hear from a panel of graduates from the Axelson Center's BootCamp for Nonprofit CEO's who will discuss how they moved up the rants to CEO/Executive Director, their successes, challenges and inspirations. Following the panel, participants will hear from a seasoned executive on the critical career choices that all Aspiring CEO's should make to promote their

for Public Health Practice to offer a Faith and Public Health Leadership Institute to bring teams of faith and public health leaders together to think and plan more deeply about how to address the root causes of health disparities. ("Leader" if broadly defined, including formal and informal, institutional and community, clergy and lay.) We are particularly focused on those working in HIV/AIDS, emergency preparedness, chronic disease, and food access. Ideally we'd like for teams of faith leaders and public health leaders to have some experience of working together already, but that is not mandatory and interested individuals are also welcome. Cost is $100 for all 5 sessions. Sessions will be held monthly from 9am-2pm at UIC, running from April to August. For more information, contact Rev. Kristen Peachey at 847-384-3552 or kristen.peachey @advocatehealth.com Become a Family and Youth Services Bureau Grant Reviewer

Do you have experience working in the field of Runaway and Homeless Youth or other youth and family services? The ability to analyze and evaluate complex grant applications? A knack for collaborating with a virtual team? FYSB needs you to review grant applications for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program! All you need is a computer that runs Windows or Apple software, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9, broadband or DSL Internet access, and a reliable second source of Internet in case your primary connection is lost. Register today at www.acfgrantreviewer.com, reference code FYSB-001-2012. Or call 866-796-1613. Tell Us What You Think!

Chicago Children's Museum is committed to providing fun, meaningful experiences for all of Chicago's families — at the museum and in the community. Your feedback is crucial to evaluating the success of our community programs. Please take a few moments now to provide honest and open responses to our Annual Community Partner

Survey. The survey will only take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Plus, at the end of the survey you'll have the chance to enter to become one of three prize-winners! Two winners will receive a FREE field trip, with FREE transportation, and one lucky winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card! Please take a few moments to provide your

own success. The evening will conclude with a time of networking, vendor resources and refreshments. Learn more and register The Business Plan Lab: For New Organizations, Programs or Social Ventures Hosted by: North Park University's Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management Date: April 11 Time: 9am-12pm Location: North Park University, 3225 W. Foster Cost: $37.50-$75 Nonprofits of all sizes and missions have heard much about social ventures, social enterprises, and social entrepreneurs over the past few years. This workshop will inform organizational leaders about various business models and the concepts that link them to missiondriven organizations. It will provide a method to determine if they are ready for activities designed to bring in unrestricted funds through earned income. Once an entrepreneur has identified an unmet social and business need, or an organization has decided that it is ready to develop a new program, product, or service, it needs a solid business plan. • What is the market for the new venture? • How will the product or service be marketed and distributed?

few moments to provide your feedback today - the survey closes on Friday, April 13! Access the survey here. Circus Zirkus at Chicago Children's Museum We dare you not to have fun in this one-of-a-kind exhibit! Kids are the stars of the show in CCM's newest exhibit experience, Circus Zirkus. Practice tumbling, juggling and balancing skills, or swing on the Flying Trapeze! Then, put on a dazzling costume and amaze the crowds with classic circus skills. Use your Free Group Pass to Visit! Do you work for a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving low-income families? Request a free Group Pass (good for 35 children and 7 adults) to book a free field trip. Call us at (3123) 464-7715 to book your visit today. Kraft Free Family Night at the Chicago Children's Museum April Calendar Join us for Kraft Free Family Night, 5-8pm every Thursday, when

• How soon will the product or service be expected to break even? Participants will leave with a social enterprise readiness checklist, various examples of successful earned income strategies, and a partially developed business plan. All participants will have access to a b u si n e s s models webinar that will explore the benefits and considerations for the most popular nonprofit business structures (a $40 value). Learn and register Eat Well, Teach Well, Learn Well: School-based Strategies to Motivate Students and Families about Healthy Eating Hosted by: Healthy Teacher Network Date: April 19 Time: 5:30-7:30pm Location: Morton School of Excellence, 431 N Troy Street Cost: Free This interactive professional development workshop for Chicago teachers is free, and three CPDU credits will be awarded to attendees. Space is limited, and RSVPS are required by April 12. For more information or to RSVP contact Meredith Jones at 312-573-7743 or mejones@childrensmemorial.org. Community Voices against Youth Incarceration Hosted by: Illinois Community Voices against Youth Incarceration Date: April 19 Time: 5:30-7:30pm Location: Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street, Suite 3N Cost: $12 payment at the door Illinois Community Voices against Youth Incarceration (ICVAYA) is a group of individuals who are concerned about the reliance on incarceration for addressing youth crime and violence. We work to g e th e r to advocate for the development of alternatives to incarceration for young people. We also believe that Illinois should close at least half of its youth prisons within the next five years. The resources saved through prison closures should be redirected towards community-based alternatives that support youth in trouble with the law. Join us for our monthly meetings on the third Thursday of every m o n th (with the exception of March when we meet on the 4th Thursday and July/Dec when we do not meet at all). Meeting are held at the Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State Street, Suite 3N. Chicago, IL 60605. Illinois Community Voices against Youth Incarceration is convened by Project NIA. Strategies for Developing Self-Generated Income: Part II–A Handson Working Session to Develop Plan Options and Implementation

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museum admission is free for all visitors. Groups of 15 or more must book ahead. Have a group of 35 people or more? Free transportation is available for qualified non-profit organizations serving low-income families. Please see below for bus availability. Email us or call (312) 464-7715 to register your group today! Passport to the World: Ireland April 5

When it comes to Irish traditions and celebrations, much exists beyond St. Patrick's Day. Join us to learn about Puck Fair and take a picture with Shamus, the goat king of Ireland. Play Irish skittles, make a Grogoch (a helpful Irish fairy) and meet some real live Irish Wolfhounds. All this and, of course, great live Irish music and dancing! Passport to the World: China April 12 Celebrate Chicago's Chinese American community and experience authentic Chinese arts and traditions. Practice the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy, learn Chinese brush painting and discover your special Chinese zodiac sign. All this and, of course, great live Chinese music and dancing! Wearable Bugs April 19 2 buses available Who let the bugs out? Oh, it's you! I thought it was a giant moth. Join us

Strategies Hosted by: North Park University's Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management Date: April 24 Time: 9am-4pm Location: North Park University, 3225 W. Foster Cost: $37.50-$75 By popular demand, this intermediate-level working session will assist key leaders, executives, and board members in developing strategies to create sustainable programs to maximize self-generated income. Responding to the uncertainty of traditional revenue streams for nonprofit organizations, this full-day workshop will explore aspects of strategies and business plans to create self-generated income through social ventures and non-perfoming assets that may be essential to not only survive but to thrive. Learn more and register Facing Freedom Hosted by: Chicago History Museum Date: April 24 Time: 4:30-7:30pm Location: Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street Cost: $15 Explore the themes and essential questions posed in the Facing Freedom exhibition, which examines eight moments in U.S. history when Americans struggled over the meaning of freedom. Enjoy visiting the gallery, participating in activities, and a talk by curator Joy Bivins. Discover the Facing Freedom website and its interactive student features. Recommended for 5th–12th grade teachers. Earn 3 CPDUs. 100 Years, 100 Ways to Volunteer Open House and Networking Event Hosted by: Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Date: April 24 Time: 5:30-7:30pm Location: Journey World, 770 N Halsted Cost: $10

thought it was a giant moth. Join us to explore what it means to be a bug from the inside out. Health and Wellness Night April 26 Join us for the chance to get active and have fun. Whether you're learning a new yoga pose or picking up tips on bike safety, Health and Wellness nights will get you moving! Next Steps Powered by Earth Force Releases Institute RFP April 27

The Next Steps Institute is a unique combination of a conference, a workshop, and networking sessions. Held over four days, the STEM-focused experience brings together a variety of education professionals to delve into new content, share best practices, and reflect on education trends with peers from across the country. Now is your chance to bring Next Steps to your community! Next Steps is accepting proposals to host the 2013 Next Steps Institute. Visit the Next Steps website to apply http://bit.ly/GOB5GI Put Your Best Face Forward in "We are CLOCC" Photo Contest for $2,500 Prize As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, CLOCC announces the "We are CLOCC" photo contest. We want to celebrate the community partners that are part of CLOCC by showcasing their staff and the great work they do to make Chicago a healthier place for children, families, and communities. Organizations enter by filling out an application and submitting a digital photo of their staff that includes the words "We are CLOCC." Creativity counts - the photos will be posted on Facebook and the CLOCC website for judging, and the highest vote-getters will compete for the $2,500 CLOCC 10th Anniversary Award. Visit www.clocc.net/contest.html for the official rules and entry application.

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana invites you to a n evening of fun, food, and networking at Journey World, our interactive program center. Sip wine in "City Hall," munch hors d'oeuvres in our "cave," and network. Learn about ways to get involved with developing girl leadership skills for the next "100 Years." Think you have something to offer Girl Scouts? Whether volunteering as an individual or as part of an organization, we have more than "100 ways" for you to get involved.


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ReThink your Drink: The Impact of Sugar-Loaded Beverages on the Obesity Epidemic and Clinical and Environmental Strategies to Reduce Consumption Hosted by: Illinois Public Health Institute Date: April 25 Time: 11:30am-5pm Location: Rush University Medical Center, Searle Conference Center, 1725 W. Harrison, Professional Building, Suite 500 Cost: $35 The Illinois Public Health Institute, in collaboration with the American Heart Association and the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity is pleased to announce Rethink your Drink: The Impact of SugarLoa de d Beverages on the Obesity Epidemic & Clinical and

Funding Opportunity Win Fund for Physical Activity Programs

Environmental Strategies to Reduce Consumption, a half-day symposium that explores clinical approaches to reducing sugar-loaded beverage consumption and complementary policy and environmental changes. This first half of the program explores the science linking sugar-loaded drinks to obesity and other chronic diseases. Practical tools will be shared to help clinicians better address the issue with their patients. The second half will discuss efforts that can be made in hospitals and other community settings that can reduce consumption

Due Date: April 1 The Active School Acceleration Project will award grants between $25,000 and $100,000 to elementary schools with most innovative programs for getting kids to be physically active. Learn more

of those drinks. For more details and to register please go to: http://tinyurl.com/RethinkYourDrinkSymposium. 10th Annual Civics Fair Hosted by: Mikva Challenge Date: April 28 Time: 10am-2pm Location: Little Village - Lawndale High School, 3120 S. Kostner Cost: Free Mikva Challenge is extremely proud to be hosting our 10th Annual Action Civics Fair this spring! Each year, hundreds of Mikva students across the city of Chicago work on activism projects to improve their schools and communities. The Action Civics Fair is an opportunity for them to share their courageous and powerful work with their peers and members of the Chicago community. We hope you'll join us to celebrate youth voice and activism. Please RSVP to Emma Kornfeld at emma@mikvachallenge.org or at (312)863-6362

to be physically active. Learn more

Training and Service-Learning for Young Adult Offenders Due Date: April 17 The Employment and Training Administration is offering grants to enable organizations to provide service learning and training to young adults ages 18-21 who have been involved in the juvenile justice system. Service-learning projects must combine meaningful community service with instruction and reflection. Training should lead to credentials recognized by indemand industries in the area served by the grant application. Read more AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative Offers Funding for Student Retention Programs

Quiet Innovation for Healthy School Food Hosted by: Healthy School Campaign Date: April 16 Time: 1-2pm Cost: Free Hear from leaders in large urban school districts that are quietly making important and innovative changes to support students’ wellbeing with healthier school food. In this webinar, you will hear about the move to serve chicken raised without antibiotics in Chicago Public Schools, creative strategies for increasing fruit and vegetables in school meals, and the marketplace change involved in bringing healthier cereals to a school breakfast program. Speakers will discuss their health-promoting efforts and the changes they needed to make for these efforts to be successful. Register here » Youth Engagement and Service Learning in Mentoring Programs Hosted by: Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Date: April 19 Time: 12-1:15pm Cost: Free Learn More & Register In honor of Global Youth Service Day, learn how mentoring programs are engaging mentees in leadership roles and encouraging matches to explore service-learning opportunities together. Amanda Larson from the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) will join us along with other panelists to talk about the importance and impact of honoring youth voice in our programs. To prepare for the webinar, check out the NYLC Resource Library and read Engaging Matches in Volunteer Service - MRC Fact Sheet,

Due Date: April 18 Funds ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 over two years is available to expand and strengthen a currently operating high school retention program Best Buy Invites Organizations to Apply for Tech Center Funding in Minneapolis, Miami, and Chicago Due Date: April 20 Community afterschool programs that have a fundamental commitment to youth between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to apply for funding and technical assistance to create teen technology centers in Minneapolis, Miami and Chicago. Eileen Fisher Invites Applications for Activating Leadership Grants Program for Women and Girls Due Date: April 25 Grants of $5,000 or more will be awarded to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations for programs designed to activate leadership qualities in women and girls MADD Power of You(th) Video Contest Due Date: April 27 The Power of You(th) is the power you hold to prevent some of the 6,000 deaths that result each year from underage drinking. Use your power to make a minute video or less for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and enter it into our contest. The top five finalists will each win an iPad and an all-expense paid trip for themselves and one guardian to Dallas in June 2012 for the Teen Influencer Summit. A Grand Prize Winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip for himself/herself and one guardian to Washington D.C. for MADD's

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Engaging Youth in Mentoring Programs and Relationships Hosted by: Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota Date: April 19 Time: 1-2:15pm Cost: Free

Register Now The term "youth engagement" carries many different meanings. What does it mean for mentoring programs? It can refer to how programs engage youth in their design, leadership and evaluation. But it can also refer to how youth get (and stay) engaged in their mentoring relationship. Attend this month's webinar to learn what research says about youth engagement, the terms under which it thrives and hear about programs that have made youth engagement a priority in their programs. Panelists Amanda Larson, Professional Development Manager for the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), Tommy McClam, Associate Director of Mentoring for YouthBuild

and others will join us to talk about the importance and impact of honoring youth voice in our programs. Opportunities for Young People

Washington D.C. for MADD's National Conference in September 2012. AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative Grants Due Date: April 27 The AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative RFP is focused on high school success and college and career readiness programs that will maintain AT&T's commitment to support local organizations that are delivering results that help reduce the dropout rates in their communities. The 2012 Local Impact RFP will provide project support for currently operating high school retention programs comprised of elements aligned to the What Works Clearinghouse Dropout Prevention Practice Guide. Project support is intended for organizations that are ready and capable of operating by the first semester of the 2012/13 school year. Payments ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 for 24 months are available.

DoSomething.org - Green your School Challenge -Feb 1st-April 22nd Register your school to take part in the challenge! Get your friends to sign up too. Browse projects ideas for your school to tackle to increase recycling, save energy, promote green agriculture, and more! Report back on your completed projects to be judged by our panel of celebrity and expert judges Bring the challenge home! You don’t have to just green your school, you can green your home too! Learn more. Drawing Us Together Competition - Deadline: April 5 This Spring, the International House of Blues Foundation invites 9th through 12th grade students to participate in Drawing Us Together, a visual arts exhibit and competition. Students will create original artworks inspired by this year’s theme: The Arts Inspire Hope. Winners receive gift certificates for art supplies. Exhibits will take place at House of Blues venues and online at www.actionforthearts.org. Registration and submission details/forms, artwork guidelines, and official rules can be found at: www.actionforthearts.org Apply to Serve on GenerationOn National Youth Advisory Council April 10 Are you a young person or do you know a young person (13-18 years old) who is passionate about service and would make a great leader? GenerationOn will be accepting applications for its next National Youth Advisory Council in mid-March. This is a unique opportunity for twelve middle and high school students from diverse backgrounds across the nation to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program within generationOn. Applications will be accepted through April 10th, 5pm EDT. http://bit.ly/wnqowN Summer Program Opportunity for GEAR Up Students - Deadline: April 27 Applications are now LIVE for the High School Latino Leaders in DC

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention program wished to support research that will enhance our understanding of how mentoring can prevent problems for those who are at risk of involvement or already involved in the juvenile justice system. While mentoring appears to be a promising way of helping these youth, more work is needed to identify the components of a mentoring program that are most effective. Research supported by this program will directly inform the design and delivery of mentoring program. ING Unsung Heroes Due: April 30 Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teaching looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. For 15 years, and with nearly $3.5 million in awarded grants, ING Unsung Heroes have proven to be A+ program with educators. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards for an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Gloria Barron Prize for Young

FY 2012 Mentoring Best Practices Research Due Date: April 30

program! The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute will bring 40 Latino high school students to D.C. to spend five days learning about how the Federal Government works, meeting important leaders, visiting historic sites and developing a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities and their nation. The program, which will take place July 22-25, is completely free of charge to all selected student participants. Students from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Phoenix, San Antonio, the San Joaquin Valley in California, and Southern California are all eligible to apply. Please visit our website for more information. Nominate a Young Leader for a $2,500 Barron Prize! - Deadline: April 30 The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites nominations for its 2012 awards. Each year, the Barron Prize honors inspiring young people, ages 8 to 18, who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Ten winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. » Visit www.barronprize.org for more information and to nominate someone. Announcing New Summer Program: Intuit Teen - Deadline: April 30

Intuit Teen is a new summer education program for high school students at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in partnership with the Chicago Teen Museum. The program lasts 8 weeks from June 26-August 16 every Tuesday and Thursday 11am3pm. Learn more Nordstrom Scholarship Program - Deadline: May 1

Nordstrom is excited to award $10,000 scholarships to 80 outstanding

high school students and help them achieve their dreams of going to college. The Nordstrom Scholarship recognizes students across the country for their exceptional scholastic achievement and community involvement. To qualify, students must have at least a 2.7 GPA , volunteer or participate in community service or extracurricular activities, plan on attending a four-year college, and plan on applying for financial aid. To learn more and apply Afterschool Alliance - Calling All Artists - Deadline: May 1 This year’s Lights On Afterschool p o s t e r contest is

Due: April 30 The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites nominations for its 2012 awards. The Barron Prize, founded by author T.A. Barron in honor of his mother, celebrates outstanding leaders ages 8 to 18.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes


underway! Afterschool program participants are encouraged to submit artwork that celebrates afterschool programs and conveys the importance of keeping the lights on afterschool. The deadline for submissions is May 1. Keep in mind that the winning artwork will be scanned and converted to a digital image, so students should avoid using textures or raised materials. Also remember that bright colors jump off the poster, so students should choose materials that won’t smear or rub off. Markers, paint and pens generally work better than crayons, watercolors or chalk. Digital designs are welcome, too! Click here for contest details and submission guidelines. Scholarships for Homeless Youth - Deadline: May 1

Each year, the Barron Prize honors inspiring young people who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Ten winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or

For more information and to nominate
higher education. Gateway to College National College/K-12 Partnerships to Serve Out-Of-School Youth Network Offers Funding for

Each summer, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless awards several renewable college scholarships to graduating seniors who experienced homelessness while in high school. The freshman year award is $2,000, with at least $1,000 awarded yearly to students as they progress through college. Eligible to apply are students who were homeless at some point while attending Chicago Public high schools, or homeless students living anywhere in Illinois who were formerly clients of the CCH Law Project. Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 scholarships. The deadline to submit an application, including two letters of reference, is Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The application is available on the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless website. For more information, contact CCH scholarship coordinator Barbara Chasnoff at barbarac@chicagohomeless.org Summer 2012 Digital Teen Program - Deadline: May 11 This summer, the Field Museum is offering three free digital programs for high school teens. Each program is free and includes meals and CTA assistance. For more information click here. MTV Voices and girltank Launch 10,000 Names in 100 Days Campaign - Deadline May 15

Due: April 30 The Gateway to College National Network has funds available to support up to ten partnerships between colleges and K-12 school districts to implement the Gateway to College dropout recovery program The Active Schools Acceleration Project Due Date: Rolling Deadline

The Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) will award up to $500,000 in prizes to schools and innovators that are leading the way in getting kids active. The top winners will get the chance to take part in funded pilot studies to expand their efforts. I know many of you operate amazing physical activity programs on a shoe-string budget. Or maybe you know people who are working hard to make their local school a more active place. Perhaps the techie in your life is doing great work to use technology to help kids get fit. The competition is a wonderful opportunity for you or someone you know to earn some well-deserved recognition and support. The deadline for entries is April 2, so click here to apply NOW! Singing for Change Due Date: Rolling Deadline

I n partnership with MTV Voices, girltank has launched a worldwide search to find 10,000 young women who are designing powerful ideas and spearheading bold efforts to solve important challenges in their communities. The goalof #10000names is to share these girls' stories, to illustrate how brilliantly and creatively young women are driving social change all across the globe. If you know an inspiring young woman, or you are one yourself, please nominate her: http://on.fb.me/GQMemR
Win one year FREE Student Housing - Deadline: May 31

La Casa student housing with resource center, a community of students from various universities living and learning together. For your chance to win one academic year rent free at La Casa, create a video no more than 4 minutes in length - that answers the following question: "Why do you want to live at La Casa? " Then tell your friends, tell everyone you know to view your video, because the video with the most views wins the popular vote and goes to committee for final selection. Only the ten most viewed videos will go to committee. No need to hire a top Hollywood producer or buy/rent expensive camera equipment, use your phone, your friend's phone, web-cam, digital camera with video recording capabilities, anything that records a digital video. Make sure your video is viewable and that we can hear it. That's it! Your video will not be judged for production quality. Here are some ideas of what you can create: - A slideshow with your story - A Telenovela or soap opera - Dramatization

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

- A play - A documentary, starring YOU! All video responses must be uploaded between March 6th and May 31st at www.youtube.com/user/cruffing. Selection Process The La Casa Selection Committee will choose the winner based on creativity, effort, information provided by individual and how the individual chose to articulate their response. Decisions of the selection committee are final and uncontestable. -Answer the question in a video that is no longer than 4 minutes -Provide proof of full-time, undergraduate enrollment at an accredited college or university for academic year 2012-2013 -Must submit a complete La Casa Housing Application no later than May 1 -Must meet all the requirements as listed in the rules and guidelines selection -You, the person participating in the contest, must appear in the video! -The 10 most viewed videos will have earned the popular vote and will be presented to the La Casa Selection Committee -Other criteria apply. See a complete list of rules and guidelines www.lacasastudenthousing.org

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 atrisk 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. Do Something Seed Grants Are you working to start a community action project or program with your friends? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? A $500 Do Something Seed Grant is given out every week to help young people just like YOU! These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact. http://dsorg.us/yc6MPI Strong Communities Funding Deadline: Ongoing Deadline: Ongoing

Events for Young People
Transitions Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Monday-Thur Time: 3:30-5:30 PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: Free A multi-media arts class for students in grades 6, 7, & 8. Th i s class provides a space for youth to independently and collectively explore the transitions they may be making in their life right now. The projects are directed toward thinking critically about themselves, their communities and their role as a member or the community at large. Cooking Matters

ADM colleagues live and work ADM colleagues live and work as caring neighbors in hometowns across more than 75 countries. We share our neighbors desire to improve the quality of life in our communities today as we create a better future tomorrow. The Strong Communities component is strategically focused on three areas: - Education, especially for youth and young adults -Our immediate environment -Maintaining vibrant communities, places that are enriching and magnetic, places worth putting down roots Organizations that feel they fall under ADM Cares criteria as outlined above may seek funding at www.adm.com/ applyforfunding. Articles Cycle of Assessments and Improvements Boosts

Hosted by: Howard Area Community Center Date: Mondays Time: 6-8pm Location: 7510 N. Ashland Ave Cost: Free Cooking Matters courses help parents and school-aged children with limited resources make healthy meals at home using a wide variety of foods that are commonly available in their grocery stores, in WIC packages and from emergency food providers such as food pantries. Participants will cook and eat a meal together at every class while learning about nutrition and food budgeting strategies. Sign up today: Call Kathryn at (773) 381-3652 or kslaboski@howardarea.org Toddler Poemtime Date: Wednesdays Time: 11am Location: 61 West Superior Street Cost: Free The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages 3 to 5 to a weekly storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and games. Admission is granted on a first come, first served basis. Media-Arts

Hosted by: The Poetry Foundation

Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Wednesdays Time: 3:30-5:30PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: Free

Afterschool Quality Afterschool programs get better the more they assess themselves and make changes based on those assessments, a new study says. At a time when quality improvement is a priority for the afterschool field,

Youth will create collaborative video, audio, and visual media projects that will encourage them to reflect and think critically about themselves, their communities, and their role as members of the community at large. Youth will explore issues that affect them and their communities, contributing to an ongoing dialogue about how to work for social justice. Capoeira

a priority for the afterschool field, the report says that a cycle of assessing staff practices, planning based on the assessment and targeted training improvements the quality of services delivered to young people. Read a summary of the study Nation Makes Progress in

Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Wednesdays Time: 6:30-7:45PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: $5-$10 suggested donation L e a r n capoeira with Graduada Sucuri! Students will learn basic capoeira technique and skills and obtain familiarity with the rituals of the roda. If you are new to capoeira this class is for you! For teens and adults. Check the Method Saturday Writing Workshop Hosted by: Young Chicago Authors Date: Saturdays Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Location: 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor Cost: Free Lead by YCA Artist-in-Residence Roger Bonair-Agard and YCA Artistic Director Kevin Coval this rigorous, comprehensive workshop series will focus on honing your craft and voice. Learn more. Intro to Digital Media and Podcasting Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Saturdays Time: 12-3PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: Free For high school students. Multi-Arts Children's Workshop Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Saturdays Time: 1-2:30PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: Free This is a visual arts workshop for children Ages 7 to 12. Children will g e t to try out a variety of mediums for making art including drawing, collage, painting, and more! Free Illustration Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Sundays Time: 3-5PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: $5-10 suggested donation Illustration, drawing class for Kids and Teens.This class will focus on the creation of fictional characters. Students will design any type of character they want: from sci-fi/fantasy to cowboys and superheroes, as well as the tools or weapons they use and the worlds they inhabit. Come let your imagination run wild! Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Sundays

Boosting Graduation A new report says that more than half the states are increasing their graduation rates, while the number of "dropout factory" high schools (those graduating 60 percent or fewer students on time) is going down. Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in

Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic , was released by the Alliance for Excellent Education,

America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University. Read a summary by the America's Promise Alliance. Helping Unaccompanied Youth Apply for Financial Aid

Q: I work with homeless youth who are applying for college and need federal financial aid. Can they apply for student loans or grants without a parent's signature? A: Yes. Young people can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, as unaccompanied homeless youth if they read more>> Addressing the Individual Needs

To see what approaches might be most effective for homeless youth based on the particular issues they face, a researcher studied data from a series of interviews with street and shelter youth, conducted by the Oregon Research Institute between 1994 and 1997. The resulting analysis suggests that homeless young people can be divided into four distinct groups that have their own service needs. read more>>
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Time: 4:30-5:30 PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: Free Children's Martial Arts class using Filipino-Indonesian techniques for Kids and Teens.

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Hosted by: Young Chicago Authors and Yollocalli Arts Reach Date: Feb. 20-April 30 Time: Mondays 5-7PM Location: Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor Cost: Free Create your own WordPress Blog Record and edit your own audio/video Streamline across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc To register, email natasha@youngchicagoauthors.org Creative Camp Spring Break Hosted by: Hyde Park Art Center Date: April 2-6 Time: 9am-3pm Location: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue Cost: $395 From Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6, from 9 am to 3 pm, the Hyde Park Art Center offers Creativity Camp Spring Break, providing ki d s the chance to explore the exciting world of art and creativity through a wide range of multi-media activities. The combination of visual art and theater art, together with outdoor play gives campers a unique hands-on art-making experience that is active, fun, and stimulating. Join us this summer as our campers create, explore, and grow. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 South Cornell in Chicago. For more information, call 773-324-5520 or visit www.hydeparkart.org. Spring Break Camp Hosted by: Gary Comer Youth Center Date: April 2-4 Time: 9am-6pm Location: Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 South Ingleside Avenue Cost: $15 We will have a variety of special activities for this year's spring break including an ice cream social, sports and art camps, a girls overnight, and more. For more information about how your child can participate in this week-long program, please contact our Associate Program Director, Monique Turner at 773-358-4100. Carnival of Caring Hosted by: UCAN Date: April 4 Time: 9am-5pm Location: Marshall High School, 3250 West Adams Cost: Free Come one, come all! Join us for our annual Carnival of Caring event celebrating Civil Rights Week on Wednesday April 4th at Marshall High School in Chicago. There will be onsite workshops and activities for those ages 7 and up! Please register for the event by March 30th by clicking here. Toddler Poemtime Hosted by: Poetry Foundation Date: April 4 Time: 11am Location: Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior Cost: Free The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages 3 to 5 to a weekly storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and games. Admission is granted on a first come, first served basis. Learn more Teen Book Club Date: April 4 Time: 4-5pm

and execute effective strategies to engage families in helping at-risk high school students get back on track. The Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit created by United Way Worldwide (a Ready by 21 National Partner), AT&T and Harvard Family Research Project - can help nonprofits develop strong parentschool-community partnerships and provide networks of support to keep students on the path to high school graduation. The toolkit is available here. Find Free Resources for

Measuring your Impact In an economic climate where donor dollars are increasingly difficult to come by, it has become crucial for nonprofits to be able to effectively measure their impact. One company working on this puzzle is Mission Measurement. Measurement shared the following recommended sites for nonprofits to learn more about this important issue: Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact; McKinsey & Company: Learning for Social Impact; and Perform Well Representatives from Mission

In a world of diminishing funds, nonprofits are recognizing a huge new potential resource: the growing number of Baby Boomers who want to contribute their business expertise to causes they care about. Though this seems like a win/win situation for nonprofits and volunteers, attempts to use skilled volunteers often fail. Volunteers feel under-utilized and leave; nonprofits become discouraged due to lost time and energy. Though NPOs desire the professional expertise of skilled volunteers, they don't have tools or methods to prepare their organizations for this new resource.Tap Into Experience (TIE) is a unique program developed in 2011 through an AmeriCorps grant to CLOI that prepares organizations to effectively integrate professional-level volunteers. TIE is a step-by-step organizational readiness program customized for nonprofits. For more information, visit cloi.org. My Principal Matters Month

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May is Coming! May is My Principal Matters Month at NAA. Learn more HERE about inexpensive awards and resources that you can obtain from NAA to help plan a recognition of principals that support your

Hosted by: Poetry Foundation

Location: Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior Cost: Free Students of all experience levels currently enrolled in grades 9 to 12 are invited to a monthly poetry discussion group. In a conversation moderated by Poetry Foundation youth services assistant David Gilmer, teens will discuss well-known classics as well as contemporary work. The Teen Book Club strives to develop and refine each participant’s ability to read, understand, and appreciate poetry. In April, the Teen Book Club will discuss Patricia Smith’s Blood Dazzler . All participants will engage with the month’s assigned reading and assess its impact on their lives. Space is limited to 15 p a r t i c i p a n t s . Please register emailing library@poetryfoundation.org. Fun for All in advance by

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Hosted by: Hyde Park Art Center Date: April 8 Time: 1-4pm Location: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue Cost: Free Make Sunday a fun day with the Hyde Park Art Center’s free Fun for All event on April 8, from 1 to 4 pm. This event features free drop-in a r t making activities for the whole family, with performances and workshops led by the Old Town School of Folk Music and Blissfolds Yoga. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago. For more information call 773-324-5520 or visit www.hydeparkart.org. Children's Poetry Day Hosted by: Poetry Foundation Date: April 14 Time: 10am-1pm Location: Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street Cost: Free On Saturday, April 14 from 10am to 1pm, children and their parents or guardians are invited to Children’s Poetry Day, featuring appearances b y PBS’s Martha and Arthur, screenings of episodes of the PBS KIDS programs Martha Speaks a n d Arthur featuring poets Billy Collins and Jack Prelutsky, a musical performance and puppet show featuring the work of current Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, and a variety of interactive crafts and activities, including a scavenger hunt. Children’s Poetry Day is free and open only to children and their parents or guardians, with admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more Family Day Hosted by: Chicago History Museum Date: April 14 Time: 12-2pm Location: Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street Cost: Free with museum admission, Kids 12 and under receive free admission Discover Chicago with the Radio Disney Road Crew on the second Saturday of each month. Explore the Great Chicago Fire, the city’s landmarks, and Blues music through fun, creative activities that engage the whole family. While you’re here, tour the Museum using a special kid’s activity guide, and make-and-take a craft. Shadow Day Hosted by: National Louis University Date: April 18 Time: 8:30am-1pm Location: National Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Avenue Cost: Free National Louis University invites you to visit classrooms, attend workshops, apply onsite, take a tour, & enjoy student life at this year's SHADOW DAY. RSVP today at harrisonfellows@nl.edu.

Youth Speak OUT Showcase Hosted by: Center on Halsted Date: April 19 Time: 6-8pm Location: Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St Cost: Free Youth Speak OUT is a unique Urban Folk Arts program that combines H i p Hop Theater, Singing, Storytelling, Spoken Word, Dance and Poetry. Explore the history and current realities of LGBTQ life in Chicago and express yourself through your body and voice. The Program is a collaboration between After School Matters and Center on Halsted. The showcase on April 19th is a time to celebrate youth and give space and time for program participants to perform and be recognized for their hard work over the last 10 weeks. FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact Lynnea at lkarlic@centeronhalsted.org or at 773-661-0954. Locked Up and Locked Out: A Youth-Led Teach In about Youth Justice Hosted by: Project NIA Date: April 21, 2012 Time: 10am-5pm

Location: Columbia College Chicago, 600 S Michigan Avenue Cost: Free This is an introductory teach-in appropriate for youth leaders (ages 12 to 24) who want a beginner’s understanding of the school-to-prison pipeline, youth rights in the juvenile justice system, and the prison industrial complex’s impact on youth. Workshops will be primarily facilitated by youth for other youth. Download the flier HERE. PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Want to learn more about the Center for Experiential Learning?

We love to connect with non-profit community-based organizations throughout the Chicagoland area interested in creating opportunities for students to do community-based research, academic internships and service learning placements. For more about the Center for Experiential Learning visit our website. Contact Ashley Slupski, Community Youth Support Specialist, at aslupski@luc.edu or Travis Proffitt, Community Partnerships Coordinator, at tproffi@luc.edu Need to get in touch? Ashley Slupski Community Youth Support Specialist Center for Experiential Learning Loyola University Chicago aslupski@luc.edu (773)-508-3213

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