Funding Available for Summer Service Learning Projects

Do you know youth who are passionate about giving back to their communities? PSAYDN is offering two grants ($2,000 and $1,000) to fund youth-led service learning projects that will be implemented this summer. Proposed projects should follow the service learning model, including investigating or researching a need or problem within their community, planning and implementing a project that helps to fill this gap or address this need, and final reflection activity. This opportunity is open to youth of all ages. Projects must be completed by September 1, 2021. Interested parties should contact Winnie Black.

The Pennsylvania Youth Action Network (PAYAN) is a youth-led leadership group made up of a collection of the top youth leaders throughout the State of Pennsylvania. PAYAN meets regularly throughout the calendar year to collaborate, create strategies and examine issues affecting youth of all races, colors, genders and nationalities within Pennsylvania.

PSAYDN is looking for 15-20 high school students to join PAYAN — have your students apply today for this unique opportunity. The application takes about two minutes.

In communities around the country, afterschool and summer programs have been doing all they can to strengthen learning and support for young people during the pandemic and as schools reopen. Throughout the past year, these programs have created learning hubs, teamed up with school districts to deliver meals, and sent books and school supplies to young people at their homes, in shelters and in foster care. To help kids stay healthy and connected to one another, they have provided mentoring and safe spaces for peer support in virtual, in-person and hybrid settings. They have also rolled out a wide range of engaging programs — from poetry slams and robotics clubs to small-business pitch contests.

A new study says a large percentage of students in Allegheny County who would have participated in a structured summer program before and even during the COVID-19 pandemic did not have access to them. The study notes that summer experiences are more important than ever this year following the social, emotional and educational challenges posed by the pandemic, but the availability of programming remains in question for many.

There is a tendency to think of literacy and STEM as two different sides of the educational spectrum. In fact, they are intertwined. Children build literacy skills when they are able to hear and use language in relevant settings and contexts. And “thinking like a scientist” means asking questions, making comparisons and drawing conclusions, all activities with language at their core.

A 13-year-old entrepreneur fulfilled her mission of supplying an entire school with notebooks by giving 400 of her homemade creations to Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship. Ryleigh Mackenzie runs her own school supply business called Kenz N’ Co., selling pencil cases, book bags, affirmation mirrors, notebooks and more.

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