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Tell Your Story of Service: National Service in Action Photo Contest

The months ahead are crucial in the fight to protect and promote national service.  In order to best tell the story of national service, we need to use powerful images.  After all, everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words! With this in mind, Save Service in America, a campaign led by Voices for National Service and ServiceNation, announce the first ever “National Service in Action” Photo Contest.  If you are passionate about the promise of national service, send us a photo of valuable service work being done in your community. The photographer that takes the best photo will be recognized at the 10th Annual Friends of National Service Awards Reception in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 2013.



Millennial Mobilizer Academy

In 2013, Mobilize.org will pilot a national leadership development program, the Mobilizer Academy. The Mobilizer Academy is an in depth, twelve-month virtual and in-person program to equip Millennials with the skills and resources necessary to realize their leadership potential and create and implement successful social ventures, focused on addressing an unmet community need. The 20-person class will participate and attend convenings at no cost to them. Participants must be Millennials living in the U.S. who have a civic or social venture in development that addresses a community need. All applications must be submitted by December 19, 2012 and applicants will be notified of their application status the first week of January. Nominate someone or apply today at http://bit.ly/MobilizerApp


Architecture for Humanity Guerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown

Deadline: December 3    

The Guerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown invites teams of middle and high school students across the U.S. to bring innovative green solutions to their school buildings, outdoor spaces, and activities. 8 teams with the best ideas will win $1,000; the 4 teams that best implement their project will win an additional $2,000; and one team who scales their project will win the top prize of $10,000.  http://bit.ly/ThH8H7


Youth Garden Grants

Deadline: December 3

Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and inter-generational groups throughout the United States are eligible. Applicants must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years. 100 grants are available. 5 winners will receive $1,000 gift cards, and 95 winners will receive $500 gift cards, to purchase gardening materials and supplies from their local Home Depot store specific to the needs of their program.  http://bit.ly/TuqALW


J-Serve International Day of Jewish Youth Service Grants

Deadline: Rolling While Funds Remain Available

Grants are available for J-Serve 2013 – April 28, 2013.  J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of YSA’s Global Youth Service Day. A limited number of J-Serve micro-grants of up to $500 will be awarded to community projects committed to creating service opportunities that bring Jewish teens together to participate in a J-Serve project.  Projects that are creative and innovative, especially those that will be first time events in a community, as well as projects conceived and planned by teen project leaders will receive preferential reviews.  Micro-grants will be accepted on a rolling basis, and grants will continue to be awarded as long as funding remains available.  http://bit.ly/111Szb3


Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants

Deadline: January 31

Submit your application early to receive feedback!
Submit your application by December 16th and YSA will preliminary review your application and give you feedback by January 4th.

More than 16 million children live in food insecure homes, not always sure where their next meal will come from. That’s why YSA and Sodexo Foundation are calling on young people to “take hunger personally” and join the fight to end childhood hunger. Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants of $500 grants are available for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees and other community members to address childhood hunger. U.S. young people, ages 5-25, are eligible to apply. Projects will take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28, 2013.      www.YSA.org/grants/sodexoyouth





Advocates for Youth sponsors a project called the International Youth Leadership Council (IYLC), which is designed to develop youth leaders in the areas of international sexual and reproductive health and rights, abortion access, global HIV and AIDS, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and other sexual orientation and gender identity rights. The Council currently consists of seven members who are a diverse group of young people with backgrounds from around the world. Members attend colleges or universities in the Washington, DC Metro area.



Minority Internship Program


Apply now! Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2012

Academic and Career Advising is currently accepting applications  for the Minority Internship Program. The MIP is designed for full-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Chicago State, Governors State, Northeastern Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois Universities. Selected participants receive a $1,000 monthly stipend for one semester in return for completing a 30-hour per week internship and attending seminars at Chicago State during the semester. Selection is competitive.


Candidates must meet the following requirements:

• Be African American, Hispanic American (Latino), Asian American (or Pacific Islander), Native American or Alaskan Native.
• Be an undergraduate with 60 or more credit hours earned and with a minimum GPA of 2.75 OR in a master’s degree program with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
• Be enrolled full-time.
• Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or its territories.
• Demonstrate professionalism and independent learning styles.
• Be able to intern 30 hours per week during the internship semester.

Applications can be found on the Career Advising website (neiu.edu/~ocs) and are available in our office in Building B, Room 119. Completed applications must be received in B-119 by December 14, 2012. For more information, contact Academic and Career Advising at 773-442-4680.


Posted by jason demma (j-demma@neiu.edu, x4747) on behalf of Robin Wagner (r-wagner@neiu.edu, x4681).


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