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Youth Genesee Serves

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We all want to make our communities – and our planet – greener, safer, healthier, fairer, and stronger. Youth Genesee Serves and Youth Service America (YSA) believe that youth have a unique ability to change the world, thanks to their passion, creativity, and willingness to look at old problems in new ways.

Apply Now for the 2018-2019 initiative!

Our goal is to engage youth (ages 5-18) in youth-led, high-quality service projects that address an authentic community need AND provide youth with skills they need to succeed in work, school, and life. We are offering K-12 schools or an organization that provides opportunities for youth to learn and lead, to partner with us on this initiative. See a one-pager about the initiative here.
The 2018-2019 campaign will include:
- An intro training session that will give educators and adult leaders an opportunity to learn how to empower youth to lead impactful service projects. To accommodate schedules this will be offered 3 times:
        - Monday Oct. 1st from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
        - Tuesday October 2nd from 8:30am to 11:30am 
        - Thursday October 4th from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. 
- Commitment to receiving a minimum of two additional individualized technical assistance sessions that will be delivered on site to classrooms and organizations. Genesee Serves staff will offer facilitation, information, resources and materials related to guiding educators in youth engagement.
- Eligibility to apply for funding (up to $1,500) to complete youth-led service projects that will take place in either January and/or April. 
All questions should be directed to: Diane Woodruff, or 810-762-5821
YSA and Youth Genesee Serves empower youth to “Lead ASAP” through Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy. When youth #LeadASAP, they acquire the skills they need to be successful in school, work, and life – skills like creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

A(wareness): Youth are powerful when they raise awareness,
sharing information and teaching others to positively change behaviors (e.g., encouraging seat belt use and safe driving, recycling, and healthy eating; discouraging smoking and bullying; and teaching families how to prepare for disasters).

S(ervice): Youth are powerful when they serve their community,
creativity, time, and talent to directly meeting community needs (e.g., tutoring, planting trees, improving school buildings, cleaning parks, distributing food or serving meals, and teaching senior citizens how to use technology).

A(dvocacy): Youth are powerful when they advocate for a better world,
speaking out and joining others to influence policy makers to change policies and laws, especially when they affect young people (e.g., rallies, protests, meeting with elected officials, speaking at public meetings, voter education, candidate engagement, organizing petitions, and online advocacy).

P(hilanthropy): Youth are powerful when they are philanthropic,
collecting, and donating financial and in-kind support (e.g., raising money for disaster relief, clean water wells, mosquito nets, or research to treat and cure diseases; food drives and supply drives; and collecting books for children).

Apply Now for the 2018-2019 initiative!

See a one-pager about the initiative here.

2017-2018 Grant Recipients

Thirteen groups of youth recieved a grant to implement their own projects to make an impact in our community.  Congratulations to the youth-led groups at the following organizations:

  • Bendle Middle School
  • Big Brothers big Sisters of Flint
  • Boys & Girls club of Greater Flint
  • Crim Fitness Foundation Student Action Council
  • Flint Northwestern High School
  • Foss Ave block Club
  • Freeman Elementary School
  • Grand Blanc Community Schools
  • Pierce Elementary School
  • Powers Catholic High School
  • Southwestern Classical Academy
  • Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village
  • Whaley Children’s Center

Click here to see photos and videos from last year's projects! 

Youth Genesee Serves is powered by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and is a partnership with Youth Service America.