In this section you can find resources to help you pursue your positive development and community leadership. We believe young people are valuable community assets and therefore, we want to invest in you and your future.
In this section of the website you can find resources for:
- Education including colleges that are known for teaching about sustainability and social change and scholarships that are available for that kind of work as well as scholarships that are available to help low-income and minority students.
- Youth Grants including dozens of opportunities and requests for proposals for youth-led project ideas to help the community and the world.
- Support Services including information about youth service providers & social service agencies that can help you and your family with everything from getting help with your basic needs (food, housing, utility bills, transportation to the doctor, counseling services, substance abuse treatment & prevention) to tutoring and resources for parenting.
Education is a fundamental part of social change as well as positive youth development. Access to education is also an issue of economic and social justice.
Below you will find links and resources regarding college programs and the financial resources you may need to help you get there. If you are a member of one of the Youth Allies Programs remember that we are happy to write letters of recommendations for scholarships and college applications.
Higher Education Programs
Scholarships for Higher Education
For Federal Pell Grants, student loans and financial aid go to the FAFSA website
Click the following link for a list of Private Scholarships in the US
Please note that in New Mexico State law enables undocumented students to attend State schools and recieve State financial aid including the Lottery Scholarship. To learn more or help to support the Dream Act that would extend this law to the rest of the country, please contact Somos Un Pueblo Unido here in Santa Fe.
SATs and ACTs
Taking one of these tests is important for college admissions. Here’s some helpful info:
GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
There are many opportunities to have your community work recognized and even resources to get your great ideas & projects funded. Grant and scholarship opportunities are organized by their deadline date. Click on the month links below to take you to a due date you’re considering:
AAUW Community Action Grants: Deadline: Jan 15th
The AAUW Community Action Grants Program provides funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. The program’s one-year grants ($2,000 to $7,000 each over one year) provide seed money for new projects. Two-year grants ($5,000 to $10,000 each over two years) provide start-up funds for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. To be eligible, applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering or math. $2000-7000 All Ages. http://www.act.org/aauw/cag/
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award: Deadline: 01/08
Award provides a $10,000 stipend to a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The Award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. $10000 College Senior http://www.nationalgridus.com/non_html/shared_award.pdf
Echoing Green Fellowship Deadline: 01/09
Through our two-year Echoing Green Fellowship program, we provide start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. http://www.echoinggreen.org/fellowship/echoing-green-fellowship We offer:
- A stipend of $80,000 for individuals (or $90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years
- A health insurance
- A yearly professional development stipend
- Conferences led by organizational development experts
- Access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization
- A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world
Gates Millennium Scholars Program Deadline: 01/11
GMS will select 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. funds entire college education minority college and grad students http://www.gmsp.org
Action for Nature: International Young Eco-Hero Awards Deadline: 01/15
Action For Nature is proud to honor the work of young people between the ages of 8 and 16 who have done creative environmental projects. The winners of AFN’s International Young Eco-Hero Awards program receive a cash prize and a special certificate, as well as public recognition on our Web site and elsewhere. $500 ages8-16 http://www.actionfornature.org/?page_id=5
Action For Nature (AFN), a non-profit organization, has created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16. AFN encourages young people around the world to carry out individual environmental action projects. We believe that young people can have a positive impact on the environment and are vital in changing the way we live on our planet. varies Ages 8-16 http://www.actionfornature.org/eco-hero-awards
Deadlines: 01/15, 05/31, 09/30
The Captain Planet Grant funds and supports hands-on environmental projects that address environmental problems in your neighborhood and community. Grant awards vary, usually between $250 and $2500. Must promote understanding of environmental issues; must focus on hands-on involvement; must involve children and young adults from ages 6-18; must promote interaction and cooperation within the group; must help young people develop planning and problem solving skills; must include adult supervision; must commit to follow-up communication with the foundation. $2,500. non-profits,schools http://www.captainplanetfoundation.org/default.aspx?pid=16
YSA will award 100 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects in the United States that address the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). We’re looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community. $500 ages 5-25
Disney, together with Youth Service America (YSA), is proud to offer Disney’s Friends for Change Grants to help kids that are making environmentally friendly changes in their communities. The Friends for Change Grants will fund kids’ projects that help the environment and will look to engage children ages 5-18 as leaders in their communities. Disney, working with YSA, will award 150 $500 grants throughout 2010. Eligibility Guidelines: Projects will need to be done any time during 2010 and should include one service or celebratory component on Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25, an annual campaign that mobilizes young people around the world to make a positive impact in their communities. Must be between age 5 and 18. $1000 Age 5-18
$1,500. College Students
College Horizons (college preparation program for Native students)
College Horizons is a non-profit organization that supports the higher education of Native American students by providing college and graduate admissions workshops to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students/participants from across the nation. Two programs are offered in the summer: College Horizons services current 10th-11th grade high school students and Graduate Horizons services college students and college graduates. program tuition High school sophomores and juniors
Scholarships are awarded to students in grades 9-12 who demonstrate academic achievements, volunteer efforts and work experience. As part of its teen platform, Best Buy and Best Buy Children’s Foundation are focused on opportunities to help teen students prepare for a brighter future with dollars for college tuition. $1000 Age High School
Periodically offers grants, programming, check website for current information varies Age 16-18
Awards tools, supplies for community projects (apparent gardening focus) $1000 in tools, supplies All Ages
Quest for Excellence Awards are designed to enhance educational exploration for qualified juniors and seniors with a range of backgrounds and interests. To apply for Quest for Excellence Awards, students complete a short supplement in addition to either the College Prep Scholarship (for juniors) or National College Match (for seniors) application. By filling out this single application and supplement, students can access a range of opportunities, such as the ability to apply to our 31 college partners through the QuestBridge National College Match program. HS junior or senior
For more information on the tribal college general scholarship program deadlines, please contact your financial aid office. For more information on the general scholarship program, please contact us at 800-776-3863. Native college students
The Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) who help make their communities a better place to live. $1000-10000 ages 6-18 http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/index.asp
The Caring Institute is now accepting nominations for individuals from 9 to 99 years old. If you have someone in mind, learn more about our process by reading the Guidelines for Caring Award Nominations. Then tell us in 500 words or more why your nominee exemplifies caring and would be a worthy role model for others. If possible, please include two letters of recommendation that offer proof of a longstanding commitment to public service. funds for college ages 9-99 http://www.caring-institute.org/caringawards.html
Based on: Citizenship/leadership potential, need, academic standing. Montezuma Lodge No. 1, A.F. & A.M. will again grant several scholarships to help first year college students from Santa Fe during the upcoming 2012 school year. The amount of the scholarship grants will depend upon the money available at the time of the grant, but present indications are that there will be at least four (4) scholarships of approximately $2,000 each. Anyone can apply. High school seniors, 1st year college students.
Since 2005, Roots & Shoots has made a commitment to “walk the walk” when it comes to including youth voice in our programming. Through the Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Fellowship position, a recent high school or university graduate has the opportunity to join the U.S. national team full time for one year. The Youth Leadership Fellows’ work focuses primarily in two areas: fellowship recent HS or college grads
YSA (Youth Service America), together with Disney, is now accepting applications from youth around the world for the Disney Friends for Change Grants. The grant funds youth-led service projects that focus on making environmentally friendly changes and engage youth on Global Youth Service Day, April 15-17. The Disney Friends for Change program will award 50 $500 grants to youth-led service projects around the world that demonstrate youth leadership, creativity, and the commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. Applicants must be between the ages of 5-25 and be associated with a school or organization. Applications are due March 10.
Launched in 2001 by the International Youth Foundation, YouthActionNet strengthens, supports, and celebrates the role of young people in leading positive change in their communities. Each year, 20 exceptional young social entrepreneurs are selected as YouthActionNet Global Fellows following a competitive application process. fellowship Ages 18-29
Competition of project-based sustainability projects in schools : The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge for high school encourages student teams to identify an environmental issue that has local, national and global implications and to provide a viable, replicable solution. $5,000+ other prizes K-12 http://wecanchange.com/
Hispanic Heritage Youth Award
The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards run annually from March through January and honor young Latino leaders with grants for their college education or to fund a community service effort the student will plan, oversee and sustain. The 2010 online application will be available in April through May and will be open to current high school juniors only who maintain an un-weighted 3.0 GPA. Award categories include Business & Finance, Community Service, Education (future teachers), Engineering and Mathematics, and Healthcare. $1000 edu award High School Senior
The Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program identifies and supports inspiring young entrepreneurs who are operating businesses that create greater economic opportunity and help to improve the lives of low-wealth individuals in America. This competitive program is open to entrepreneurs who are operating viable businesses in the United States with the dual purpose of making a difference and making a living. Eligible entrepreneurs must have launched their business before they reached age 30. Their business must be between one and five years old. For complete eligibility requirements see Selection Process. ages 18-29 http://www.hitachifoundation.org/our-work/yoshiyama-young-entrepreneurs-program
The College Prep Scholarship provides more than 1,000 awards to help qualified students successfully navigate the college admissions process. Full scholarship to summer program HS junior
ages 30 and younger http://www.reebok.com/Static/global/initiatives/rights/awards/index.html
The first and most important qualification for a Davis-Putter Scholarship is active participation in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues. up to $10,000. College/Grad Students http://www.davisputter.org/apply.html
The Scholarship Program provides an important positive statement to a segment of our population that is frequently deprived of needed support. We are pleased to announce that this year the Santa Fe chapter of PFLAG will offer a minimum of fifteen $1,000 scholarships for the 2012/2013 academic year. $1000 LGBTQ youth in Santa Fe
The Shortie Awards: International Film & News Festival is the premiere film festival for students ages 7 to 18 and their teachers! youth film fest Ages 7-18 + teachers http://www.shortieawards.org/film-festival/
InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve. up to $10,000. High School http://web.mit.edu/inventeams/about.html
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Nominees, who may range in age from 8 to 18 years old, must have been the prime mover of a service activity, and demonstrated positive spirit and high moral purpose in accomplishing their goals. Nominees must be nominated by responsible adults who have solid knowledge of the young person’s heroic activities, and who are not related to the nominee. $2,500. ages 8-18
will award two $5,000 scholarships to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. The awards will be granted on a competitive basis for the following: a) a record of commitment to community service on behalf of an underserved community, preferably related to tobacco prevention and/or control and b) the best use of the visual arts, media, creative writing or other creative endeavor to convey culturally appropriate health messages aimed at raising awareness of tobacco’s harmful impact. $5,000. college http://www.legacyforhealth.org/adams-scholarship.aspx
The Teens for Planet Earth Service Awards recognize teens around the world for outstanding environmental projects. T4PE teams whose projects are deemed to be of exceptional quality are awarded at three levels: $300-500 13-19 http://www.teensforplanetearth.com/page/grants-1
Earth Island Institute:
The Brower Youth Awards recognizes six young people in North America annually for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and environmental justice advocacy. The winners of the award receive a $3,000 cash prize, a trip to California for the award ceremony and wilderness camping trip, and ongoing access to resources and opportunities to further their work at Earth Island Institute. Young activist leaders ages 13-22 living in North America are eligible to apply. $3,000. Ages 13-22
There are currently no listings for June.
Best Buy will seek applications from organizations that have current 501(c)(3) tax status and are serving a diverse population of teens and providing teens with access to opportunity through technology. varies Non-profits serving diverse teen populations
CNN Heroes honors individuals who make extraordinary contributions to help others. Categories include Championing Children: Commitment to the welfare of young people; Community Crusader: Creating solutions to a local problem or social issue; Defending the Planet: Innovative efforts to preserve and protect the environment; Medical Marvel: Dedication to the enhancement of human health; Protecting the Powerless: Advancing the cause of human or equal rights; Young Wonder: Outstanding achievement by a person 25 or under; Other: Use this category if your hero’s cause doesn’t fit into one of those above. Out of ten finalists, one Hero of the Year receives a $100,000 project grant. Must be nominated through online nomination form. For consideration as a 2010 CNN Hero, at least some portion of your nominee’s activity must occur on or after November 26. 25 and younger
The QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s most selective colleges. Full funding for college HS senior http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/cps-college-prep-scholarship
GenerationOn Make Your Mark Week is celebrated during the third week of October. The week inspires and mobilizes kids to use their energy, ingenuity and compassion to “make their mark on the world” through hands-on service to help others in their local and global communities. $250 ages 5-18 http://generationon.org/global/generationon-make-your-mark-week
Pay It Forward Mini-Grants are designed to fund one-time-only service-oriented projects identified by youth as activities they would like to perform to benefit their school, neighborhood, or greater community. Projects must contain a “pay it forward” focus – that is, they must be based on the concept of one person doing a favor for others, who in turn do favors for others, with the results growing exponentially – to be considered in the grant making process. Ineligible projects include general education grants for the improvement of a school, purchase of educational materials, etc. When completing an application, you should: explain the project thoroughly, include specific details about its educational value, and attach a clear and concise budget. Schools, churches and community youth groups (with an adult sponsor) may apply for funding. Youths or adults may write the application. Groups whose members are all over the age of 18 must include work with youth under the age of 18 as part of their projects. up to $500 Youth/teachers
recognizes K-12 service-learning programs and projects that demonstrate outstanding youth leadership. The award focuses on projects that uniquely demonstrate youth leadership for service-learning excellence — incorporating key elements of high-quality service-learning and having a sustainable impact on the participants and the broader community. $1000 plus travel to conference K-12 http://www.nylc.org/events/2012-youth-leadership-service-learning-excellence-award
Progressive Partnerships: mentorship, guidance, networking, strategic planning, and training for youth-led efforts. varies Organizations that support youth leadership
Each year the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation awards a total of $3 million in achievement-based four-year college scholarships to 250 outstanding high school seniors from communities across the nation. The Foundation annually awards 200 Regional scholarships of $10,000 each and 50 National scholarships of $20,000 each. The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation evaluates applicants on the basis of demonstrated leadership in academics, school, community and civic activities, as well as personal character and the motivation to serve and succeed. Semifinalists must complete a secondary application, and Finalists are given an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta, where they participate in activities and undergo an interview. up to $20,000. High School/home school senior
This grant is to honor her lifetime dedication and service. We are offering a $500.00 grant to the person, family or organization who most reflects Grandma Ruth’s dedication and lifelong service. $500 All Ages
The Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. $100,000. under 40 http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/chaplain/socialjusticeprize
Offers Youth Fellowship and Youth Leadership Institute for youth who care about smoking prevention
recognizes the outstanding efforts of students and teachers across the country who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment.If you have questions, please call (877)-792-4332 $10,000. school age http://www.seaworld.org/conservation-matters/eea/
Fifty students will be named Gold Scholars, each receiving $1,500 scholarships, fifty students will be named Silver Scholars, each receiving $1,250 scholarships, and fifty students will be named Bronze Scholars, each receiving $1,000 scholarships. A state may have multiple Gold, Silver, or Bronze Scholars. All scholars will also receive special medallions. up to $2,000. HS seniors
The Starbucks Foundation is interested in supporting organizations that provide young people a continuum of services in developing creative approaches to address pressing concerns in their communities. We accept a letters of inquiry from organizations October 1st through December 1st. The online letter of inquiry form will be posted on the Youth Action Grants website on October 1st. The Starbucks Foundation will contact the organization directly if we’d like to request a full grant proposal. For youth non profits
You and your friend are partnered online with two high school kids from another country. You’ll work together (virtually) to come up with a solution to any aspect of the global climate crisis. UVM engineering students are there every step of the way to help your team. You can win great prizes, like ITUNES gift cards and Scholarship Awards. age 14-17
The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships recognize students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger in America. The scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice. ages k-grad school http://www.sodexofoundation.org/hunger_us/scholarships/scholarships.asp
Campus Progress provides funding and training to a diverse network of print, online, and broadcast media on college campuses across the country. College Students
Offers several types of college scholarships
The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s young people.
The Youth Venture mtvU Grant awards funding for creative, sustainable community-benefiting ventures (organizations or projects) submitted by a group of two or more people. Winners receive up to $1,000 for their organization, an opportunity to be featured on mtvU News, and exclusive access to helpful resources and tools in cooperation with Youth Venture, including the opportunity to join a global network of other young changemakers on genV.net. Ventures can be launched on any topic – the environment, health, education, civic engagement, literacy, children, homelessness, poverty –any topic you choose as long as their is a benefit to the community. up to $1000. college students http://www.mtvu.com/activism/grants/mtvu-grants/
Rolling grants to youth-led organizations for specific campaigns or movement-building: Organizing Grants: We’ll give you up to $1,500 a year to help with websites, fliers or anything else you might need. Organizing grant applications are accepted year round. up to $1,500 Youth-led organizations
Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, “YES!”, you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Do Something Seed Grants are targeted towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started. These grants can be used to jump-start your program or to realize your ideas for the first time. These are grants for all types of community action projects around causes that you care about and are important in your community. $500 25 and younger http://www.dosomething.org/grants/seedgrants
Awards prizes to school groups that create environmental initiatives. The Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge program is designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. Middle and high school teams comprised of 5 to 10 students and one teacher advisor are invited to participate in four initial challenges, each addressing a different environmental element — land, water, air, and climate. $10,000. grades 6-12 and their teachers. http://www.scholastic.com/lexus
You can win a 1,000 USD award, provided by the Global Youth Action Network. We challenge you to act on the issues that concern you! If you start a project that addresses a need in your community, you could win a 1,000 USD Global Youth In Action Award!
GEF is a non-profit organization that provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental, social, and economic concerns and solutions. Includes online sustainability courses.
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world.
We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in the world. Together, we will move towards acceptance, bravery and love.
Started in 2009 by YSA and Miley Cyrus, Get Ur Good On™ is an online network for youth to support each other in their missions to do “good” in their communities. Featuring celebrity involvement, multimedia platforms, and grants and awards, it’s the place for youth to learn, implement, and share innovative solutions to global issues.