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We all want to make our communities - and our planet - greener, 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 seeking K-12 schools or an organization that provides opportunities for youth to learn and lead to partner with us on this initiative. Genesee Serves staff will offer facilitation, information, resources and materials related to guiding educators in youth engagement. Schools and youth serving organizations will then be eligibile to apply for funding (up to $1,500) to complete youth-led service projects that will take place before May 2019. 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).

Training Resources:

Training Powerpoint - October 2018

Meaning of ASAP

Find Youth Strength, Cause

Contact Issue Experts

Is This Project Doable

Meaningful Reflection

Measurable Impact ASAP

Demonstrate Your Work

Conversation Starter Facts About Genesee County 

Apply Now for the 2018-2019 initiative!


2018-2019 Grant Recipients

  • Atherton Middle School
  • Bentley AP Environmental Science Class
  • Bentley Barhitte Student Council
  • Bentley HS Food/Clothes Pantry Group
  • Eisenhower Elementary
  • Grand Blanc High School Leadership Class
  • Hamady Middle/High School
  • Hamady Middle/Westwood Heights Schools
  • Myers Elementary
  • Lake Fenton Middle School 

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.