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The Corporation for National and Community Service recently announced the 2010 Summer of Service Grantees, funded by Learn and Serve America, a CNCS initiative established under the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. After taking over 200 applications from nonprofits, universities and schools, CNCS has chosen 17 organizations to participate in a program dedicated to engaging at-risk middle school students in innovative service projects during their time off from school.
With $2 million being granted out to organizations ranging from a Youth Venture project in New Orleans to the Sacramento City Unified School District in California, the Summer of Service not only is making a major investment in new service-learning activities but also in the 4,000 at-risk or lower income children, grades 6-9, who will be participating. The program seeks to teach these participants the aptitude they need to advance in life, such as civic, academic and leadership skills. What’s more, each student who fulfills 100 hours of service is eligible for an educational award of $500, to be used for educational expenses at higher education facilities.
Make sure to check out all of the grantees and their programs here.