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Youth Ages 12-20: Apply for Support for Your Social Venture
The YSA Youth Venture Program is seeking applications from youth nationwide who are interested in starting their own sustainable social Ventures. Ventures must be youth-led and designed to be a lasting, sustainable asset to the community. Youth Venture teams are required to plan a National & Global Youth Service Day project every year that their Venture is operational. The Youth Venture Program provides a variety of resources, including a national network of like-minded youth, media opportunities, technical support, helpful toolkits and workshops, and seed funding of up to $1,000. Application deadline: May 14, 2007.

Youth: Participate in The Sense of Wonder: Rachel Carson Intergenerational Photo, Essay, and Poetry Contest
To honor the late preservationist and ecologist Rachel Carson, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Generations United, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., announce a photo, essay, and poetry contest “that best expresses the sense of wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes.” Winners’ work will be published on the Web sites of the EPA, Aging Initiative, Generations United, and Rachel Carson Council, Inc. Entries must be joint projects involving a person under age 18 and a person age 50 or older. Entry deadline: June 15, 2007.

Assistive Technology Reuse Programs: List Yourself in the Forthcoming AT Reuse Directory
The National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership and the National Pass It On Center are cataloging programs that help consumers and families reuse assistive technology. This information will be compiled and used to promote reuse of AT devices, connect reuse programs to each other, and connect consumers with reuse programs. If you have any questions, contact Nell Bailey at Response deadline: May 15, 2007.

Attention Education and Community Professionals: Learn About Transition Planning and Services Through KU Online Courses
The Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas is offering two graduate-level one-credit online courses this summer: Introduction to Transition Education and Services (June 4-29, 2007; enroll by May 31) and Transition Assessment (July 9-August 3, 2007; enroll by July 5). The undergraduate or graduate tuition and fees are $316.50 for non-degree-seeking students. There is no materials cost. For more information, contact Amy Gaumer Erickson, Ph.D., course instructor, at

Attention Teens: Enter the Tu Voz My Venture Contest and Help Latino Youth Stay in School
Youth Venture, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MTV Tr3s Voces, will select teams of two or more youth, ages 13-20, every week through June 29, 2007, who submit great ideas for encouraging Latino teens to stay in school and prepare for college. Winners will receive grants of up to $1,000 to create their ventures—organizations, businesses, or clubs—to help Latino youth stay in school and prepare for college and careers. Got an idea? ¿Que esperas? Submit it to the Tu Voz My Venture Contest and win some guap to make it a reality!

High School Juniors: Apply for a QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship
The QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship is designed to level the playing field for outstanding low-income high school juniors by providing opportunities to help them prepare to apply to leading schools. The program awards a full scholarship to QuestBridge’s summer program, coverage of expenses for college travel visits, an SAT prep course and material, and a new laptop computer. Application deadline: May 31, 2007.

Parent Group of the Year 2007 Contest
PTO Today’s Parent Group of the Year Contest is an opportunity for parent groups—including PTOs, PTAs, HSAs, and PTCs—showcase their work while giving their school the chance to win cash (up to $8,000) and prizes. Parent groups can enter in one or more of the following categories: outstanding parent group at a small school, outstanding parent group at a private or parochial school, outstanding new parent group, outstanding family event, outstanding job on a completed major project, outstanding effort to overcome adversity, outstanding outreach to a multicultural parent base, and outstanding community service project. Entry deadline: May 31, 2007.

Advanced Service-Learning Practitioners: Participate in a Professional Development Opportunity
The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) is offering training in service-learning best practices for advanced service-learning practitioners, through which they can earn graduate credit and a Certificate of Excellent Practice in K-12 Service-Learning. This program is being offered in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) and includes online study and the submission of a portfolio for review by NYLC’s evaluation committee. Potential participants should “pre-apply” to determine their eligibility. Cohorts start May 21, 2007 (pre-application deadline: May 7) and September 17, 2007 (pre-application deadline: August 31). For more information, e-mail or call (651)999-7378.

Nominate a Special Education Teacher for the NASET Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award
The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award is given to educators who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of special education. Full-time certified or licensed special education teachers who are in at least their third year of teaching are eligible for nomination. Anyone involved in the field of special education (colleagues, administrators, parents of children with disabilities, etc.) can nominate a special education teacher for this award. Nomination deadline: May 1, 2007.

Spread the Word: “My Brother” Film
“My Brother” is an inner-city New York story of two impoverished brothers—one of whom has a developmental disability—and the love they have for each other. One brother, trying to get free of oppressing debt, falls prey to ruthless men, setting into motion life-threatening events that test the brothers’ bond. This leads to a decision that only an epiphany, and courage, can overcome. “My Brother” opens March 16, 2007 at selected AMC Theaters.

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