October, 2007 Issue 180

"I like to inspire kids that you can set your mind to whatever you want to do, and physical handicaps are not really debilitating obstacles.  You can work with whatever the Creator has given you and make a good life.''  
Wayne Newell, Passamaquoddy and legally -blind

Youth Art Colouring Contest
From Rabbit and Bear Paws for youth ages 3-15.

Writing Our Hope
Online project from high school youth for high school students wishing to submit articles about hope and tolerance.

Free Alphabet Flashcards
Flashcards designed to use with Native language lessons are available to Indian schools or Reservations.
Contact: Patty Jones: College Search
Listings of 6,000+  colleges/universities with information about admissions, financial aid &tuition, employment, housing, athletics and more.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
Awards fellowships at many levels to students who demonstrate excellence, a commitment to diversity and a desire
to become a professor.

Free Job Training for Native Americans
NW Indiana
The  Center for Workforce Innovations and the American Indian Center of Indiana
Phone: 800 745-5872
2007 Native American Youth Conference
October 18, 19, 2007
Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix AZ
Provides exposure to career options and paths to achievements through education for Native American youth in grades 9 –12.

Carthy Foundation
Creates opportunity and education for Canadian youth in many areas.

Community Health Leaders Program
Nomination Deadline: October 19, 2007
Honors unrecognized individuals who overcame daunting odds to expand access to health care and social services to underserved populations in communities across the United States
First Nations Oweesta Corporation and Citigroup financial education training
October 23-25, 2007
Rapid City, SD
Free training to become certified to teach the Building Native Communities (BNC): Financial Skills for Families curriculum
Contact Joanna Donohoe: or 561-626-9700.

Youth Leaders for Literacy
Deadline: October 26, 2007
Helps youth direct their enthusiasm and creativity into reading-related service projects.

National Forest Foundation Collaboration Support Program
Deadline: October 26, 2007
Provides funding to sustain existing collaborative efforts that may achieve significant ecological, social, and economic impact.
Youth Change Maker Grants (Australian applicants)
Deadline: October 29, 2007
Supports Australian individuals and small groups who are making changes in their communities.

Prime Time Family Reading Time grant program
Deadline: November 1, 2007
Designed to help low-income, low-literate families bond around the act of reading and talking about books

College Affordability Essay Contest
Deadline: October 29, 2007
Open to undergraduate, graduate students and former students with a minimum of $2500 in educational debt.

Effective Organizations
Deadline: November 1, 2007
Grants to strengthen the performance and impact of Alaska's arts and cultural organizations.

Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health Grants
Deadline: November 1, 2007

The 100 Best Communities for Young People
Deadline: November 2, 2007
An annual competition which recognizes outstanding community-wide efforts that improve the well-being of youth.

Save-the-Redwoods League
Deadline: November 6, 2007
Rescues coast redwood, giant sequoia, and other trees from destruction.

People To People International Global Youth Forum
November 7-11, 207
Chicago, IL

Environmental Challenge Education Program
Deadline: Water Challenge: November 5, 2007;
Air Challenge: December 5, 2007;
Climate Challenge: January 7, 2008
Encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities.
18th Annual Northwest Student Leadership Conference
November 9th 2007
Portland State University, Oregon

Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Conference
November 8-11, 2007
Rochester, NY

Youth Encounter on Sustainability
November 9-26, 2007
Bullying Awareness Week
November 18-24, 2007
Stand Up to Bullying

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
November 10-13, 200
Portland, Oregon

  Library Books Awards Program
Deadline: November 12, 2007
Grant awards to public schools serving economically disadvantaged students to purchase books for school librarie

Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Program.
Deadline: November 15, 2007
Provides funds to restore habitat and improve water quality.

America Recycles Day
November 15, 2007

Volunteerism and Youth: Added Energy for the 21st Century”
November 14-17
Ouro Preto, Brazil.
Includes a Youth Forum with a panel discussion on youth projects led by youth participants.
Voices of Youth
Deadline: November 20, 2007
Youth 17 and under can submit artwork celebrating the UN's 18th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child

Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program
Deadline: November 16, 2007
Supports sea turtle research, conservation, and education programs that benefit Florida sea turtles.

Bullying Awareness Week
November 18-24, 2007
Stand Up to Bullying
5th International Language, Communication and Culture Conference
November 28-30, 2007
Castelo Branco, Portugal

International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity
November 21-24, 2007
University of Waikato, New Zealand
Provides an international forum that brings together the latest academic and policy discussions,

Awakening the Spirit
November 27-30, 2007
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Information for First Nations communities showing that the time for positive change is now.

Jill Compassion Fund
Deadline: November 30, 2007
Supports nonprofit organizations serving women in need. )

Deadline: November 30, 2007
Aboriginal Photographers needed for this exhibition.
Contact Beverlee Moore:

NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Program
Deadline: November 30, 2007
Provides  financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields.

2008 SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Awards
Deadline: November 30, 2007
Recognize the outstanding efforts of students and teachers across the country who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment.

Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved
Deadline: December 3, 2007
A one-time grant of $5,000 for a library conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations

Hidden Valley: Love Your Veggies Nationwide School Lunch Campaign
Deadline:November 30, 2007
Provides grants to elementary school that increase student access to, and consumption of, fresh vegetables and fruits during school meals.
Mellon Postdoctoral fellowship in American Studies with an emphasis in Native American Studies
Deadline: December 4, 2007
Fellowships carry limited teaching duties, and opportunities for scholarly research and professional development
Director, Center for the Americas, Wesleyan University

Staples Foundation for Learning
Deadline: December 7, 2007
Funds to national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth.

Echoing Green Fellowship
Deadline: December 3, 2007
Open to emerging social innovators who want to tackle seemingly unsolvable social challenges with groundbreaking solutions
CSUB Indigenous Native American Club Native Gathering
December 8, 2007
California State University, Bakersfield

New Worlds, New Sovereignties
December 11 -14, 2007
Melbourne, Australia
Bringing history to bear on the problems of the present.

Grants Target Education for Disadvantaged Youth
Deadline: December 7, 2007
Funds programs that provide job skills and/or education for all people, with special emphasis on disadvantaged youth.
Toy Challenge Contest
Deadline: December 12, 2007
Kids in grades 5-8: Engineer, design, and use science to create a new toy or game.

Minority Access Internship Program
Deadline: December 15, 2007
Offers students experience in diversity and scope of career opportunities available in the federal government and other participating entities

Schools in Need Competition
Deadline: December 15, 2007
Open to schools that need to raise reading scores for K-8 students.
Appalachian Community Fund Grants
Deadline: November 6, 2007
Grants for community- based organizations that address underlying causes of the economic and social distress of the region.

Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program
Deadline: December 15, 2007
Honors those who have devoted their lives to helping their communities organize for racial, social,economic, and environmental justice.

2008 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
Deadline: December 14, 2007
for college seniors, graduates and those adversely affected by racial and ethnic health disparities.
Native American Graduate Student Opportunity
Deadline: December 15, 2007
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Opportunity for doctoral student to be mentored in the field of American Indian culture and mental health.
Contact Joseph P. Gone:

Rosie's For All Kids Foundation
Grants providing child care, early education, and other essential programs to economically disadvantaged and at-risk children across the United States.

U.S. News &World Report and AXA Foundation Achievement Scholarships
Deadline: December 15, 2007'
Provides resources that help make college possible for  qualified students.

Teaching Tolerance Grants
Grants to preK-12 classroom teachers for projects designed to reduce prejudice among youth, improve intergroup relations  and/or support educator professional development in these areas.



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