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Global Youth Service Day 2015

Planning for Global Youth Service Day 2015 is underway!  This year, GYSD is taking place April 17-19th.   GYSD is the largest service event in the world dedicated to children and youth.  It is celebrated in over 100 countries and we want to be sure Iowa is being loud and proud in doing their part by educating, encouraging, and providing service and service-learning opportunities to our youth.  Whether you are a teacher working with students in a classroom, an after-school program facilitator building external relationships and extended curriculum, or a community organization eager to engage with youth, GYSD is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of service and to be a part of a state-wide movement impacting our communities immediately and enriching our youth forever. If you want to get involved planning a service project please contact anna@cyconcepts.org at Community Youth Concepts. Our friends at Youth Service America are offering Disney Friends for Change Grants of $500 to young change-makers.  This grant encourages them to gather their friends and turn their creative ideas to help their communities into projects taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day.  Whether protecting the planet, providing food to hungry people, helping other kids learn, or promoting healthy behaviors, Friends for Change help make their communities greener, safer, smarter, healthier, cleaner, and fairer. Youth ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and DC are eligible. Apply by February 18, 2015 to turn your idea from a dream into reality!  www.YSA.org/disney_friends_for_change_us_grants For more information visit Global Youth Service Day and Youth Service...

“What’s Your 50?” Volunteer Recognition Awards

Community Youth Concepts is excited to announce the launch of the “What’s Your 50?” youth volunteer recognition awards and the Youth of the Year Scholarship! Please pass along to qualified students and help us highlight the great volunteer efforts of youth in our state! Click here to access the requirements and application....

Attend CYC’s Trainings This Fall

There are three opportunities CYC is offering this fall to better your youth development skills. Below are the descriptions and links to register! Sept. 30th 12-2 PM: Ask, Listen, Encourage Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard?  This workshop introduces various communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships.  Participants learn how to ask more effective questions and actively listen in conversations. link to registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ask-listen-and-encourage-tickets-12920927843   Oct. 7th  6-8 PM: Answering Tough Questions Has a youth ever asked you a question that stopped you in your tracks, made you blush, or you lost sleep over? This training is for you! During this session, we will review the types of sensitive questions youth ask, discuss strategies for responding, and practice role-playing in a values-neutral method. Feel free to bring questions you’ve encountered as examples. link to registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/answering-tough-questions-tickets-12921445391   Oct. 13th 12-2 PM: Youth Voice Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels.  This workshop emphasizes the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership.  The workshop focuses on providing meaningful choice and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself. link to...

CYC is hiring 10 AmeriCorps Members!

CYC has the opportunity to work with Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM), ArtsForce Iowa, EMBARC, One Iowa, Mid-Iowa Community Action in Marshalltown, and Proteus! Start date is September 1, 2014 and hiring must be completed by August 20, 2014. See AmeriCorps State Position Announcement and Description for more details about how to...

Support CYC Through Birdies For Charity

Each year, the Principal Birdies For Charity creates an opportunity for individuals and corporations to add 30% to their CYC donation through the Birdies For Charity program.  Principal Financial and Sammons will help sweeten your pledge by giving an extra 30% to eligible non-profits.  Donations made to CYC through Birdies For Charity will help 30% more students contribute to the...

Des Moines NAACP & Disability.gov Opportunities

The Des Moines NAACP is seeking minority high school students to compete in its annual ACT-SO Program. The Afro Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics program is designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Click here for more information. Disability.gov has a new scholarship search tool. Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans and other types of student financial...