Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. --Marilyn Grey

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. --D. H. Lawrence

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechne

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. --Andrew Gaines

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. --Kyle Chandler

scholarships AND awardsMoney

There are numerous scholarships and leadership training programs for youth advocates. Below is just a sampling of opportunities available. I have also included a list of websites with their own lists of resources.

High School

  • The Heart of America Christopher Reeve Award: This honor is given annually to a student for extraordinary community service. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship. Candidates must be a senior in high school or younger when awarded.

  • National Carinrg Award: Sponsored by the Caring Instiute and the Pay It Forward Foundation, five young people (12th grade and below) receive a $2,000 scholarship in recognition of their service work.

  • A $20,000.00 scholarship is given to 20 high school seniors from the cross country who excel in school and in sports and who choose to serve their communities.

  • NestlĂ© Very Best In Youth Awards: This program recognizes teenagers across the country who are dedicated to service. Winners receive an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and a $1,000.00 donation to the charity of the recipients choice.


  • Bonner Scholaras Program At 25 colleges, the Bonner Foundation provides students with $4,000 per year for four years. Recipients serve their communities by spending 10 hours each week to volunteering and completing at least one, full-time summer service internship.
  • The Phillips Foundation's Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarships: Grantees who demonstrate leadership in the areas of freedom, American values and constitutional principles receive  $10,000, $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 awards.
  • Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship: This program provides a one-year $15,000 stipend to college graduates from 27 participating institutions to develop and implement a community service project. For more information, call 1-212-689-1165.
  • Elie Wiesel Prize: In Ethics Essay Contest: This competition challenges college students to reflect on urgent ethical issues and express their ideas through essays.  A total of $10,000 is given out in first, second, and third prizes and two honorable mentions.

Opportunities for leaders of varying ages

  • Brower Youth Awards: An award recognizing six young people for their environmental and social justice activism. The winners receive $3,000, a trip to California and ongoing access to resources and opportunities to further their work at Earth Island Institute.
  • The Do Something Awards: Provides grants to "change-makers" who serve their communities. Five Do Something Award nominees receive at least $10,000. Of the five winners, one grand prize winner receives a total of $100,000. The nominees also participate in a live VH1 TV show and will receive continued support from
  • Kohl's Kids Who Care Program: Honors students who are involved in community service. More than 2,000 store winners receive a $50 Kohl's gift card, 194 regional winners receive a $1,000 scholarship, and 10 national winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship.
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: Recognizes students who serve. Over the past 12 years, the program has honored more than 75,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national levels.
  • Gloria Barron Prize: Honors 25 youth leaders who have made a difference for people and our planet. “Like the woman for whom the prize was named—Gloria Barron—these young people demonstrate the power of one person to make a difference to the world.” Winners receive $2,500 for their higher education or service project.
  • Target All-Around Scholarship: Awards scholarships to high school and college students  The program recognizes service as well as academic achievement. Deadline is Nov. 1st. Call 1-800-316-6142 for more information.
  • The President's Volunteer Service Award: Honors US citizens who serve varying amounts of time. All ages are eligible. Winners receive awards ranging from medals to letters signed by the president

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