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Nominate Your Community for Consideration as One of the 100 Best Communities for Young People
America’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth has launched the 2007 100 Best Communities for Young People competition and invites communities across the U.S. to compete for the honor of having their locality named one of the nation’s great places to grow up. The program showcases communities that do an outstanding job of fostering safe and caring environments that effectively educate youth and help them become productive citizens. The 100 Best Communities receive national recognition; opportunities to participate in national and regional forums to share ideas and best practices; and tools to promote the award locally. Application deadline: November 3, 2006.

Participate in Lights On Afterschool! October 12, 2006
In the U.S. today, 14.3 million children go home alone after school. On October 12, 2006, more than 7,500 communities will celebrate Lights On Afterschool!, a nationwide event organized by the Afterschool Alliance to rally support for afterschool programs. The event calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep their lights on and doors open. See the Afterschool Alliance’s Web site for more information about the event, online event sign-up, a directory of events, an event planning kit, and event materials.

Submit a Presentation Proposal for the AAIDD (formerly AAMR) Annual Conference
The American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) (formerly AAMR) is soliciting presentation proposals for its 2007 Annual Meeting, which will focus on supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It will be held in Atlanta from May 21-24, 2007. Sub-themes to be addressed at the conference include: assessment of support needs, family supports, health and wellness supports, housing supports, positive behavioral supports, research to develop and improve supports, self-directed supports, and supports coordination. Proposal submission deadline: November 15, 2006.

Submit a Presentation Proposal for the Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability Conference
The theme of the Seventh Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability conference, to be held April 3-4, 2007, in Columbus, OH, is “Rights, Responsibilities, & Social Change.” The conference will bring together a diverse audience to explore disability as both an individual experience and social reality that cuts across typical divisions of education and employment; scholarship and service; business and government; and race, gender, and ethnicity. The ADA Coordinator’s Office at the Ohio State University, sponsor of the conference, is seeking presentation proposals. Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2006.

Nominate a Service-Learning Leader for the State Farm Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award
The State Farm Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award recognizes practitioners who have equipped young people to lead and serve, both through direct work with youth and by helping other practitioners expand their service-learning skills and knowledge. Winners are selected by a committee of leaders from the service-learning field, which looks for nominees who have had a major hand in expanding and advancing the field. Nomination deadline: November 3, 2006.

Youth Ages 16-25: Apply to the National Council on Disability’s Youth Advisory Committee
The National Council on Disability’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), a 12-member committee of youth ages 16-25, is seeking new members. Youth with all disabilities and from diverse racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. Applications must consist of 1) your resume, 2) a cover letter describing what makes you a good candidate for a position of national-level leadership as a representative of youth with disabilities, and 3) a letter of recommendation from an adult (NOT your parent/guardian) familiar with your leadership and disability experiences and potential. Applications must be submitted via e-mail (to by September 14, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Questions? E-mail

Apply to The George Washington University’s Transition Special Education Certificate Distance Education Program
In response to needs expressed by educators and rehabilitation personnel, The George Washington University will offer a new Transition Special Education Certificate program through distance education beginning this fall. The program will provide secondary special educators and rehabilitation personnel with the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to assist youth as they transition to postsecondary opportunities. “SPED 236.DE: Introduction to Career, Vocational, and Transition Services” will be the first course offered. Recommended application deadline: September 1, 2006. Questions? Contact Corinne Weidenthal, Program Coordinator, at or 202-994-1220.

Children, Youth, and Adult Artists: Enter the NCCRESt National Art Contest
The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt) is sponsoring a national art contest in conjunction with its 2007 National Forum on Disproportionality in Education, to be held February 7-9, 2007 in Washington, DC. The contest seeks art that captures what schools that value and include the backgrounds, experiences, and heritage of ALL students would look like. The contest is open to K-12 students and adults. The grand prize winner will receive $300 cash and a trip for two to the 2007 National Forum, where he/she will be honored at a reception and his/her artwork will be displayed. Entry deadline: October 31, 2006.

Honor Your Teachers During the Week of the Classroom Teacher and World Teachers’ Day
In recognition of the educators who inspire, educate, and encourage their students to reach for excellence both in and beyond the classroom, the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) sponsors the annual Week of the Classroom Teacher, to be observed October 1-7, 2006, and World Teachers’ Day, October 5, 2006. ACEI’s Web site includes a detailed planning guide and sample documents such as press releases, letters to the editor of the local newspaper, and a parent flyer in order to assist communities with their observations of these events.

Native American High School/College Graduates: Submit Graduation Photos to the National Indian Education Association
The National Indian Education Association congratulates and honors all of this spring’s graduates, and seeks digital photos of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian graduates for their next newsletter. They especially desire photos of individuals and groups who wore traditional garments, feathers and plumes, or other culturally significant items during their graduation ceremonies. Send digital photos in JPEG format to, and please include the name(s) of the graduate(s) in your e-mail.

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