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NRA Youth Education Summit 

The National Rifle Association is currently accepting applications through March 1st from outstanding high school sophomores and juniors to participate in the 12th Annual Youth Education Summit July 7th-13th.

Approximately 40 students are chosen to take part in this expense-paid, seven-day event in Washington D.C. The summit encourages young adults to become active and knowledgeable U.S. citizens by learning about The Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal government, and the importance of being active in civic affairs.  Activities on this year's schedule include:
  • Guest speakers at NRA Headquarters and the National Firearms Museum.
  • Competitive debates with other high school students from across the nation.
  • Tours at historic sites and monuments in and around Washington, D.C.
  • A hands-on visit at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia.
YES participants also compete for a total of $30,000 in college scholarships. $10,000 is given at the conclusion of the week, based on their initial application, on-site debates and speeches, and participation during the week's activities. The remainder of the $20,000 involves a second application, available to the participants after they go through YES. Over $200,000 in scholarships has been awarded since the program's inception in 1996.
For additional information on the 2008 Youth Education Summit, please visit, or call 1-800-672-3888, ext. 1342. 

(added April 1, 2008)

 It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to "prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."

So how do we instill those core values? We start by reciting the Oath and Law at every troop meeting, but we can't end there. Outings and advancement, Scoutmaster minutes and boards of review all help Scouts learn and practice the values of Scouting.

Now, there's a new way to teach Scouting values. It's a series of short videos called "Believe It. Live It."-videos produced by Scouts for Scouts. The series, produced by Arrowhead Films with support from the Brock Family Trust and the Capitol Area Council (Austin, Texas), includes segments on each point of the Scout Law. In each segment, a Scout interviews one or more people in his community who embody that point of the Law. Firefighters represent trustworthiness, a wheelchair athlete represents cheerfulness, an Iraq war veteran represents bravery, etc.

The videos are very well done and speak the language of today's Scouts. If you want to teach your Scouts what it means to be trustworthy, loyal, and all the rest, you'll want to use this material in a troop meeting. Visit  to see the videos for

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in middle level and high school grades for outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards constitute the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteering. Over the past 13 years, the program has honored more than 80,000 young volunteers at the local, state, and national level.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is accepting applications for its Barron Prize program to recognize young leaders for service projects helping their communities and/or protecting the health and sustainability of the environment.

Award amounts are $2,000. Eligible applicants include children between the ages of 8 and 18 years who have organized and led their service projects in the previous 12 months.

Deadline: April 30, 2008 (Nominations)

Contact the
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes prize program directly for complete program information and application guidelines.

Peace Child International -- Be the Change

Peace Child International is accepting applications for its Be the Change Small Scale grant program to support sustainable, youth-led projects that serve the community in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s idea to “be the change [you] want to see in the world”.

Award amounts are up to $1,000. Eligible applicants are youth age less than 25 years old.

Deadline: March 31, 2008

Contact the Peace Child International grant program directly for complete program information and application guidelines: