WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ As school lets out for the summer, Youth Service America (YSA) is calling on kids to make this a Summer of Creativity. YSA, through support from Disney | ABC Television Group will award Summer of Creativity Grants to young change-makers who have ideas and projects that positively impact their community.
Youth ages 5-18 in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Summer of Creativity Grants by submitting service project ideas that will make a difference in their local communities. One hundred and twenty five winners will be awarded individual $500 grants to implement their projects. Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized onÂ Good Morning America or their local ABC affiliate. Applications will be accepted through August 10, 2015, atÂ YSA.org/BeInspired.
2014 grant-awarded projects included:
- Warm Winters, a program run by a 14-year-old to collect coats, hats, and gloves left at ski resorts to help keep the homeless warm.
- Shred Kids Cancer, a campaign organized by a 14-year-old to fundraise for research to help find cures for pediatric cancer.
- Braedenâ€™s Brown Bags, a foundation founded by a 10-year-old to provide healthy meals to kids in need.
â€œWith half the worldâ€™s population under the age of 25, our future depends on helping young people to find their voice, take action, and make a positive impact in their communities. We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems – if given the opportunity,â€ said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA. â€œWe need youth to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow. Disney ABC Television Groupâ€™s Summer of Creativity is about shining a bright light on the incredible power of youth to use their ingenuity to change the world.â€
For more information and to apply, visitÂ www.YSA.org/BeInspired.
YSA (Youth Service America) 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. For more information, visitÂ www.YSA.org.
Disney |Â ABC Television Groupâ€™s Summer of Creativity recognizes young people who are harnessing the power of creativity and service to positively impact people, communities and the planet. YSA, supported by Disney | ABC Television Group and Disney Friends for Change, will award $500 Summer of Creativity Grants to young change-makers who are taking action and caring for the world we share. Youth ages 5-18 are encouraged to apply before August 10 by visiting ABC.com/BeInspired or YSA.org/BeInspired.