Monday, June 27, 2011

Do Something Provides Summer Jobless Grants for Youth

With the teen unemployment rate at 75% this summer, Do Something – a national nonprofit that promotes youth volunteerism - has announced the creation of Summer Jobless Grants. These grants are intended to help individual youth (age 25 and younger) create and implement a community service project and will cover various expenses, including: materials and supplies, event space, transportation and the participation of local teens in service projects.

Do Something will provide eight grants of $2,000 and eighteen grants of $500 to individual youth. All U.S. and Canadian citizens 25 years of age or younger are eligible to apply.

Applications must include 1) a service project proposal, 2) a program budget and 3) a letter of recommendation from a non-family member. Grants will be awarded to service projects that demonstrate the following:

  • Youth leadership in the development and implementation of the project
  • A creative approach to addressing local community issues
  • Measurable and tangible results
  • A focus on promoting diversity in the community

Youth investment is an important aspect of community development and change. This grant may be of particular interest for communities interested in engaging youth and/or developing youth programming.

Summer Jobless Grant applications are due July 10th. Grantees will be notified on July 15th.

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