|American Councils for International Education, YSA’s GYSD Regional Partner in Eastern Europe, run the FLEX program, an exchange program that brings young Eastern Europeans (ages 15-17) to the U.S. for a one-year student exchange. FLEX exchange students are required to do 40 hours of volunteer service while exchange students in the US. On their return home, they become alumni and all their community service is voluntary. As alumni, these young people make the choice to give to their communities and share the experiences they had in the US. To support their work, American Councils offers GYSD Matching Grants for alumni who are organizing GYSD events in their communities. This year, they are awarding $6,769.00 to 25 projects in 9 Eurasian countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine). The 25 selected projects have raised also $12,737.00 in donations and in-kind support from community partners and local businesses. To see these and other GYSD projects, browse the GYSD Map.
People to People International Sets Goal of Engaging 10,000 Volunteers in 130 GYSD Projects
People to People International community chapters and members see GYSD as an opportunity to instill the value of service with youth in their communities and families. Last year, more PTPI members participated in GYSD than ever before, carrying out 96 projects in 31 different countries, engaging 7,500 individuals. This year, they are calling on you to join PTPI members worldwide to make an even bigger impact. By participating in a GYSD project or planning one of your own, you can help PTPI reach their goal of 130 PTPI sponsored GYSD projects and 10,000 individuals involved.
UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications
UN-HABITAT is inviting young people in the developing world’s cities and towns based on an application for funded, $ 25,000 per project. UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund will provide one million U.S. dollars, the age of 15-32 year-olds are pilot innovative approach to employment, good urban governance, housing and housing lead the project. The application is due by April 15, 2012.
UN Art for Peace Contest
The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs has launched a disarmament education contest for young people, to run until 30 April. Entitled "Art for Peace 2012", contestants are encouraged to watch a short video film online, then to imagine a world free of nuclear weapons. Based on their musings, young people are asked to create and upload online original artwork.
To learn more about contest guidelines, example submissions, and prize information, visit http://www.unartforpeace.org/
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