Posted by: Tom Ross | December 31, 2014

Disney & Friends

Young people are volunteering at a record rate. It’s a win-win for both them and the community. Youth who volunteer feel more connected to the community, have a higher level of academic success, and are more likely to find employment.

ysaYouth Service America is helping young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.

YSA’s mission is to fund, train, and recognize young people and their adult partners through the following program strategies:

  1. Large-scale mobilization campaigns, such as Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service.
  2. YSA Grants of approximately $1 million annually. YSA Grants are available to youth, educators, and organizations around the world for youth-led service projects.
  3. Resources and training that equip youth and their adult mentors to lead high-quality, high-impact service and service-learning programs.
  4. Awards that recognize exceptional youth and the adults who are champions of youth voice.


Working with YSA, Disney is offering $500 grants to young change-makers and their friends for projects that “harness the creativity and commitment of young people to use their skills, interests, and talents to meet the needs of others.” They believe that “when youth find their voice and take action together, they can make a lasting, positive change in the world.”

You can apply for a Disney grant from the page cited above. And you can learn more about Disney Friends for Change here.

Applications are due by 5pm EST February 18th, 2015.

Winners will be announced during the Global Youth Service Day events, April 17-19, 2015. Global Youth Service Day is YSA’s campaign to provide youth and their adult mentors with funding, tips, tools, and the training they need to lead high-quality, high-impact volunteer projects. Just enter your zip code to see what’s happening in your area.

YSA also provides a Service Project Toolkit to help you prepare your project for presentation. Other tools and languages can be found here.

Best of luck!


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