THE NATIONAL SERVICE BRIEFING In this week's Briefing: * NBA TeamUp All-Star 2001 Awards Applications Deadline Extended * ServiceVote 2000 Youth Making a Final Push to Get Out the Vote * Schools Eligible for National Recognition of Service-Learning * Join National Step Online Chats * News From America's Promise * Call for Proposals From The Ars Portalis Project * Grants Available From the Conservation Technology Support Program * Applications Available for the Bannerman Fellowship Program * Peace Corps and AOL Announce New Partnership: AOL Peace Packs The National Service Briefing A project of YSA's National Youth Service Affiliates A weekly publication since 1994 by Youth Service America for the national and community service field. October 30, 2000 Volume 7, Number 1 8 Days Till Election Day! Family Volunteer Day, November 18 2000 http://pointsoflight.org ______________________________________________________________________ The NBA TeamUp All-Star 2001 Awards applications deadline extended to November 6th. Applications available at Servenet.org. ServiceVote 2000 Youth Making a Final Push to Get Out the Vote. Remember there are 8 Days Till Election Day ServiceVote 2000 in the final weeks of its Election 2000 campaign is making one last big effort to get young people out and volunteering to promote civic participation. ServiceVote 2000 is asking volunteers to go out in their areas to encourage all people to vote regardless of their political ideology. The message is simple: transform a generation of young people committed to volunteer service into a generation of voters, and help sustain the impact of their volunteer work. ServiceVote 2000 is hosting two youth forums to promote these ideas in Los Angeles CA, and in Washington DC. * Los Angeles, CA - November 3, 2000 "Serving But Not Voting" hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles Youth Service California, Arsalyn Foundation, Constitutional Rights Foundation - Debbie Genzer: Debbie@yscal.org (510) 302-0550 * Washington DC- Sunday, November 5, - 10:00 am DC Youth Forum: Reform America - American University Amphitheatre -Garnesha Crawford: Gcrawford@Ysa.Org or Jason Rolsen (202) 296-2994 ext.24 Schools Eligible for Recognition of Service-Learning Up to 100 middle schools and high schools will receive Presidential recognition this year through the National Service-Learning Leader Schools Program. Sponsored by the Corporation for National Service, the Leader Schools initiative recognizes outstanding schools that successfully combine academics with service to the community. "The Leader Schools program honors schools that fully integrate service into its curriculum and give students meaningful opportunities to give back to their communities while improving their academic skills," said Harris Wofford, CEO of the Corporation for National Service. In recent years the value of service-learning has been acknowledged by vast amounts of research. A 1999 study by the National Center for Education Statistics found that most schools engaged in service-learning found it strengthened relationships among students, the school, and the community. Brandeis University found that students participating in effective service-learning programs perform better in school and are more socially responsible. To become a National Service-Learning Leader School, a school must apply to a state-level review panel that will select the state's national finalists. Each finalist will prepare a portfolio demonstrating its excellence in service-learning that will be screened by a national peer review panel in the spring. State level applications are now available. The national winners will be announced in May. For more information, call 800-628-8442 or visit www.learnandserve.org/leaderschools. Join National Step Online Chats The Youth Advisory Council of Youth Service America is hosting National Step Online Chats" every other Wednesday at 5pm P.S.T. (8 pm E.S.T.) with the theme of "Back to School / Back to Service". The next on-line chat is scheduled for November 8th, and the topic will be "Mobilize and Organize! - How to Plan a Youth Summit." Find out why your area might want to host a youth summit. Current YAC members will explain the steps they took to organize a regional Youth Summit and give tips on how to start planning. Past on-line discussions have included topics such as ServiceVote 2000: Why Youth Matter in this Election" and Keeping a Roof Over Our Head: Youth Service and Homelessness". To join a Step Online Chat" go to www.steponline.com and click on the chats. (You will have to join if you are not a STEP member, but don't worry it is easy and free) News From America's Promise America's Promise is gearing up for its fourth annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day set for February 2, 2001. Currently America's Promise is searching for companies, organizations, and individuals to take time and share at least a day with a youth and provide opportunity for them to see the real life applications of their studies. Toolkits and other materials are available by calling 1-800-373-3174. Visit the Groundhog Job Shadow web site www.jobshadow.org or call the toll free telephone number 1-800-633- 7456. Call for Proposals From The Ars Portalis Project The Ars Portalis Project: The Art of Civic and Community Networking is a special project of the Center for Civic Networking www.civicnet.org, sponsored by the Telecommunications Opportunity Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce www.ntia.doc.gov. It is sponsoring a competition for five special research projects, conducted by local practitioners in the U.S., for concise studies to increase understanding of how community-networking projects can become viable social enterprises. A final report of findings of these studies will be released in July 2001 through the Telecommunications Opportunity Program. Applications (1,500 word proposal) are due on November 13, and can be submitted on-line to Think Global, Act Local". The Ars Portalis Project looks to link work locally with others doing similar service, using the Net to compare, contrast and learn, while building new knowledge among a growing community of practitioners. For more read the new white paper: "Community Networking Gets Interesting", just released: www.arsportalis.org Grants Available From the Conservation Technology Support Program Conservation and environmental non-profit organizations seeking to use computer mapping technology can apply now for Conservation Technology Support Program (CTSP) grants of computers, software and training. Approximately 50 grant packages are available, using computers and printers donated by Hewlett Packard Company, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software by Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) and Clark Labs. Other vendors may also provide equipment and software. Land trusts, watershed organizations, groups working to save plant and animal habitats, environmental justice and urban open space groups, Indian Tribes, sustainable development groups, and many other types of groups are all of interest to CTSP. Interested groups should obtain the application guidelines at http://www.ctsp.org. Applications are due January 9, 2001 and decisions will be made by mid-April 2001. To be considered, an organization must be U.S.-based and have 501c3 tax exempt status. Indian Tribes are also eligible. Applications Available for the Bannerman Fellowship Program The Bannerman Fellowship Program gives long-time activists of color financial support in the amount of $15,000 to take sabbaticals of three months or more. Previous Bannerman fellows have worked on a broad range of issues, from environmental justice to immigrant rights, from political empowerment to economic revitalization. Bannerman Fellows have the freedom to use their sabbaticals in whatever way they think will best re-energize them, and no product (other than a brief report) is required upon completion of the sabbatical. In order to be eligible, applicants must be an individual of color, have at least 10 years' experience as a community activist, be committed to continuing work for social change, and be a resident of the United States or its territories. Visit the Bannerman Fellowship Web site for more information on the program and to download an application http://www.bannermanfellowship.org. Contact: You can contact the Bannerman Fellowship Program at 1627 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 - Tel: (410) 327-6220 or E-mail: email@example.com Peace Corps and AOL Announce New Partnership: AOL Peace Packs AOL announced a new program to support Peace Corps Volunteer efforts in education, training, and economic development. The Peace Corps believes that by expanding access to information and communications through technology, volunteers can strengthen the impact of their work and help address the most challenging issues they face. Through this pilot project, AOL and the Peace Corps will test the ability of the Internet to have a positive impact on development projects at local levels. The AOL Peace Packs program is part of the AOL Foundation's initiative to bridge the digital divide. Quoting Peace Corps Director Mark Schneider, "Peace Corps volunteers can be the human bridge across the global digital divide." AOL Peace Packs can help community-based integration of information technology into health, education and development goals, while providing needed equipment and Internet access to volunteers on different projects. The AOL Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that all people realize the benefits promised by the Internet Revolution as soon as possible. Foundation programs currently focus on using the Internet to enhance civic discourse, improve delivery of health care services and information, strengthen philanthropy, improve education and youth services, and provide digital opportunity to under-served communities. For more information on the AOL Foundation, visit www.aolfoundation.org. Job Opportunities The Service Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay has two staff position openings: a Service-Learning Information Specialist" and an "After School Program Assistant", for more information call (831) 582-3337 or visit CSUMB's Home Page: http://jobs.monterey.edu The Center for Youth as Resources is seeking a Regional Service Coordinator for the Midwest Regional Office located in Indianapolis, Indiana. For full job description visit www.ncpc.org/jobs.htm or e-mail: Logue@ncpc.org. The National Resource Center, a project of ETR Associates, is seeking 3-5 qualified people Computers/Technology Specialist. For full job description visit www.etr.org/nsrc/srtech.html or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The National Resource Center, a project of ETR Associates, is seeking a person qualified in Training/Instructional Design. For full job description visit www.etr.org/nsrc/srtech.html or e-mail: email@example.com. The National Resource Center, a project of ETR Associates, is seeking a Library- Resource Center Specialist. For full job description visit www.etr.org/nsrc/srtech.html or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For job announcements and descriptions, visit http://www.servenet.org/resources/career CALENDAR In 2000: November 1, 2000- Grant applications for youth led projects for Social Change are due to the Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing c/o Jewish Fund for Justice 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 701 New York, NY 10001 Tel: (212) 213-2113 Ext. 24 e-mail email@example.com. November 1, 2000- Search Institute's 2000 Healthy Communities*Healthy Youth Conference, Minneapolis, MN, CYAR Youth Adult Partnerships That Work Pre-Conference, http://www.yar.org November 2, 2000- Building Assets, the Youth as Resources Way, Minneapolis, November 2 http://www.yar.org Random Acts of Kindness Week, November 6-13 http://www.actsofkindness.org Election Day, Get Out and Vote, November 7, 2000 http://www.servicevote.org/ 8 Days Till Election Day! On November 9th The National 4-H Council and the Alliance for National Renewal are hosting a discussion entitled *Engaging Youth Through New Technology* for adults and youth from the non-profit, civic, community development, media, and foundation fields. The session will explore successes, challenges and opportunities that the new technologies pose for youth civic engagement. This four-hour session is free. November 9-11- The National Civic League's 106th annual conference entitled *Wired for Civic Engagement: Using Technology to Build Community*. The conference will take place in Arlington, Virginia. For more information about attending the National Conference on Governance, go to www.ncl.org/ncl/ncg00reg.htm. The Enterprise Foundation: Community Solutions Conference, Atlanta, November 12-15 http://www.enterprisefoundation.org November Satellite Town Meeting #74 "Partners for Excellence: Families, Businesses and Communities Working Together" Tuesday, November 21, 2000 - 8:00 to 9:00 PM (ET) Second Annual National Family Volunteer Day, November 18, 2000 http://www.pointsoflight.org/ 13th Annual Help the Homeless 5k Walkathon, November 18 Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC http://www.novam.org The Charlotte and Jack J. Spitzer B'nai B'rith Hillel Forum on Public Policy, February 25-27, 2001 Washington, DC http://www.hillel.org National Service-Learning Conference: Partnerships for a Civil Society, Denver, April 4-7, 2001 http://www.nylc.org SEASONS OF SERVICE * Family Volunteer Day, November 18 2000 pointsoflight.org * MLK Day of Service, January 15, 2001 www.cns.gov * National Volunteer Week/Big Help Week, April 2001 www.pointsoflight.org or http://www.nick.com * National Youth Service Day, April 20-21, 2001 www.SERVEnet.org/nysd * Join Hands Day, June 16, 2001 National Fraternal Congress of America http://www.nfcanet.org * Make A Difference Day, October, 2001 www.usaweekend.com/diffday Volunteer Recognition Recognize your young volunteers with the President's Student Service Awards. Make them a part of every ceremony and special event! For more information on the President's Student Service Awards or the President's Student Service Scholarships, please visit http://www.student-service-awards.org Jason Rolsen Youth Service America 1101 15th Street, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20005 202-296-2994 ext.21 www.servenet.org
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