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Young Adults Ages 17-20: Apply to Sit on State Farm’s Youth Advisory Board for Service-Learning
State Farm is accepting applications for its youth advisory board, a group of 30 young adults ages 17-20 from across the U.S. and Canada. The board creates and oversees a signature service-learning initiative to address pressing issues that have a direct impact on communities. It identifies these issues, oversees the site selections and grantmaking process, provides technical assistance to the site grantees, and assists with communications and outreach. Students selected to serve on the board will serve as associate members in 2008 (and receive a $3,000 scholarship), with the option to serve as board members in 2009 (and receive a $5,000 scholarship). Application deadline: April 18, 2008.

Nominate a Teacher to be Honored as an American Star of Teaching
The U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is seeking nominations for the 2008 American Stars of Teaching. Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators, and others can nominate exemplary teachers who are improving student achievement, increasing opportunities for students, and using innovative strategies to make a difference in the lives of their students. The American Stars of Teaching are honored for their classroom contributions and successful implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. Teachers across all grade levels and disciplines are eligible. Nomination deadline: March 31, 2008.

People with Disabilities Who Have Been Abroad: Enter the Travelers With Purpose 2008 Photo Contest
Are you a person with a disability? Have you been abroad to study, volunteer, teach, intern, or research? Mobility International USA and the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange want your photos for a full-color, 12-month 2009 calendar and screensaver. The first-place photograph will be featured on the cover of the calendar and in the screensaver. Second- and third-place photos, along with 10 other honorable mention photos, will be featured in the calendar and screensaver. All entrants whose photographs are chosen for the calendar will receive a copy of the calendar and screensaver. Photo submission deadline: March 31, 2008.

Students Ages 9-19 and Their Teachers: Enter the ThinkQuest International 2008 Web Site Competition
In the ThinkQuest International Web site Competition, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation, teams of students ages 9-19 form a team and recruit a teacher to act as coach to build an innovative educational Web site on any topic within a broad range of educational categories. Diverse teams and globally relevant themes are encouraged. All of the completed Web sites are published in the online ThinkQuest Library. The top five teams in each age division receive laptops and a cash award for the coach’s school. Entry deadline: April 2, 2008.

Take a Quiz: How Much Do You and Your Community Do to Support Public Education?
Take the Give Kids Good Schools quiz—10 questions designed to gauge how actively respondents support public education and how involved they think their communities are. You can chart the responses online.

The Threshold Program at Lesley University
The Threshold Program at Lesley University provides highly motivated young adults with learning challenges and other special needs the opportunity to experience “college life” while gaining the skills required to become independent adults. It is a comprehensive, non-degree, two-year campus-based program. Participants must be interested in careers in one of our vocational fields of study—Business and Support Services or Early Childhood Studies—and have a strong desire to become an independent adult. Successful participants receive a certificate of completion and six college credits from Lesley University. Application deadline: April 1, 2008.

Transition Professionals: Apply to the University of Kansas Online TransCert Program for Fall 2008
The University of Kansas (KU) TransCert Program is a 12-credit block of online graduate courses plus a 3-credit culminating experience for secondary special education professionals focusing on transition from school to adult life. The Program provides specific knowledge, skills, and competencies in order to improve instructional strategies and opportunities, resulting in improved adult outcomes for students with disabilities. It is seeking applicants to begin the program in Fall 2008. Student stipends that cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books/materials are available. Application deadline: March 1, 2008.

Undergraduate and Graduate Students: Submit a Poster Proposal for the 2008 Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Annual Conference
The Eighth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability conference, to be held April 22-23 in Columbus, OH, is seeking undergraduate and graduate student research; performance, writing, visual art; or applied and community service projects to be presented during a poster session and reception on April 22. Posters that relate to the conference theme, “looking back and thinking ahead,” will be given preference in the review process. Conference fees will be waived for all accepted presenters. Application deadline: March 21, 2008.

Young Playwrights With and Without Disabilities: Enter VSA’s Playwright Discovery Program
The VSA arts Playwright Discovery Program invites students with and without disabilities in grades 6-12 to examine the ways in which disability affects their own and others’ lives through the art of playwriting. Playwrights may write from their own experience or about the life of another person or fictional character. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a group or class of students. The winning play will be professionally produced at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the winning playwright will receive $2,000 and a trip to Washington, DC, to see his/her play performed. Playwrights must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Entry deadline: April 11, 2008.

Youth with Disabilities Ages 15-28: Join the National Youth Leadership Network, and Join a Committee
The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) is looking for new members, and for members for its Accessibility, Advocacy, and Public Outreach Committees. NYLN is a non-profit organization run by young people with disabilities. Membership in NYLN is free; simply sign up on NYLN’s Web site. Committee Member application forms are also available on NYLN’s Web site. NYLN Members (and Committee Members) must be between 15 (16 for Committee Members) and 28 years old, have a disability, and have a desire to share and learn more about leadership and advocacy skills. Application deadline for Committee Members: February 8, 2008.

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