You could win a $500 Summer of Service grant - apply at ABC.com/BeInspired and tell use what inspires you!
Disney Supports Hundreds of Youth-Led Service Projects with $500 Grants
Youth Service America (YSA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney|ABC Television Group and Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), are teaming up this summer to inspire kids and families to make a positive impact in their communities by awarding Disney Summer of Service grants. Young changemakers who have ideas or projects that could make their neighborhoods healthier, greener, and stronger can receive $500 to gather their friends and bring their creative visions to life.
Youth, ages 5-18, in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Disney Summer of Service grants by submitting service project ideas. Hundreds of youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner's sponsoring organization to assist with the implementation of the project. Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized by Disney|ABC Television Group or their local ABC affiliate.
Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2016 at www.YSA.org/BeInspired.
"Disney Summer of Service projects harness the creativity and commitment of young people to use their skills, interests, and talents to meet the needs of others," said Steven A. Culbertson, President & CEO of YSA. "When youth find their voice and take action together, they can make a lasting, positive change in the world."
Examples of 2015 grant-awarded projects includes:
STEM CELLS, a program started by 16-year-old Barry, uses puppet shows to teach young students about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Recycle Our Diamonds, a project run by 13-year-olds, helps create a greener community by recycling plastic bottles during and after youth baseball, and softball games.
STAND, created by an 11-year-old in Michigan, is a student organization that educates other students and community members about recycling, composting, water conservation, and other earth-saving habits.
Disney Friends for Change is a global initiative that inspires kids and their families to make a lasting, positive change. Through on-air public service announcements, online tools, and grants to support projects in neighborhoods around the world, the program provides youth with resources to encourage them to take action and make a difference. Visit Disney.com/Friends to learn more.
Youth Service America (YSA) helps young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. YSA activates, funds, trains, and recognizes young people ages 5-25 and their adult partners. Our vision is a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. For more information, visit YSA.org.
Winnie Nham, Director of Communications
YSA (Youth Service America)