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To receive weekly updates on opportunities to take action, please join our mailing list, which will also include reminders prior to final deadlines for each action. If you would like to submit a national or international opportunity for action to be shared on this page, please send an email to derek@ymcayag.org.


Sponsor the Educating for Democracy Act

The events of the past year have made it abundantly clear that strengthening civic and democratic education – both in our schools and in our communities – must be one of the many responses we take to bringing our country together to face the challenges that lay ahead.

The bipartisan Educating for Democracy Act is a federal bill creating grants to states, non-profits, institutions of higher education, and civic education researchers to support and expand access to civics and history education.

We’re seeking “Student Sponsors” in all 50 states and 435 congressional districts around the country (check the current list of sponsors) to support $200 million per year for nonprofits to develop and provide civics programs and curricula:

Become a Student Sponsor Here
Deadline: March 2, 2021 (Extended!)


Attend the Educating for American Democracy Forum

Join us at the National Forum on March 2nd from 3-4:45pm ET for the official release of the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap and Report. The forum will feature leading scholars discussing the Roadmap’s guidance about what and how to teach integrated K-12 history and civics for today’s learners.

This project is the result of 17 months of work by over 300 contributors. Please join us for the launch of the first truly national and cross-ideological conversation about civic learning and history at a time when our country needs it the most.

Register for the National Forum Here
March 2, 2021


Take Part in Youth Mental Health Policy Survey

Young Invincibles is a policy and advocacy organization that was founded by young adults, for young adults, in 2009. Young Invincibles has partnered with Active Minds and the Well Being Trust (WBT) to learn more about interest from young adults in getting involved in local, state, and federal policy advocacy related to mental health initiatives!

Please answer the following survey questions to help us create an advocacy and policy guide and training for young adults. Survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete:

Take Part in Survey Here
Deadline: March 4, 2021 (Extended)


Join FEMA Youth Preparedness Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is searching for students ready to lead disaster preparedness projects on a local and national level through their Youth Preparedness Council (YPC), which is committed to involving youth in preparedness-related activities.

Council members are students in grades 8 through 11 who are selected to support disaster preparedness and make a positive impact on their communities. Interested students must complete their online applications by March 7 at 11:59 p.m. PST to be considered. Selected candidates will be notified in May 2021.

Apply for FEMA Youth Preparedness Council Here
Deadline: March 7, 2021


Grants for Global Youth Service Day

With support from Hershey’s Heartwarming Project, Youth Service America (YSA) is searching for Heartwarming Young Heroes with creative ideas to foster meaningful connections, promote inclusion, and teach empathy. YSA will award up to $50,000 in grants for youth-led service projects and community-building activities during Global Youth Service Day from April 23-25, 2021.

With $100, $250, and $500 grant options, all youth ages 5-25 in the US are eligible to apply for “miniature-size” family/friends projects, “standard size” group/class/club projects, or “king-size” community-wide projects. The early application deadline is March 10. Early applicants who are not selected can revise their application based on feedback and resubmit by the final deadline on March 31.

Apply for GYSD Young Heroes Grants
Deadline: March 10 (Early) | March 31, 2021 (Final)


Register for YMCA National Advocacy Days

Join us virtually in Washington, D.C. from March 16-18 as the YMCA of the USA hosts our annual National Advocacy Days to support our federal priorities – including the $200 million in support for nonprofits as part of the Educating for American Democracy Act – and share the Y’s impact in communities around the country.

Registration for youth attendees is FREE and open to all YMCA youth members and program participants. If you have any questions about participating, please contact your state office for more information:

Register for Advocacy Days Here
March 11, 2021


Participate in UN ECOSOC Youth Forum

The 10th United Nations ECOSOC (@UNECOSOC) Youth Forum is going virtual on April 7-8, 2021! That means even more opportunities to share #YouthLead solutions to achieve the #GlobalGoals!

Learn more at the website for the ECOSOC Youth Forum, then register to join us for this landmark virtual event & engage with global stakeholders to raise the issues most relevant to Youth:

Register for UN ECOSOC Youth Forum Here
Deadline: March 17, 2021


Advance Youth Equity – An Historic Gift

Alongside over 300 other nonprofit organizations around the country, the YMCA of the USA, as well as 43 local YMCAs, were the recipients of an unprecedented philanthropic gift from MacKenzie Scott.

In addition to helping the Y recover from COVID-19, advancing equity – with a focus on youth, is a top priority. To help guide our movement with this priority, we’re asking youth to submit ideas for how they think the Y can help advance youth equity:

Submit Ideas to Advance Youth Equity Here
Deadline: March 31, 2021


Apply for Invisalign ChangeMakers Grants

Are you making a positive impact in your community? Then you’re an Invisalign ChangeMaker, and we’d love to help boost your efforts! That’s why we’re giving $5,000 each to 100 teens (ages 13-19) who we think are changing the world for the better. We know you’ll put it back to good use, whether that’s through further community efforts, ongoing education, or perhaps an even bigger dream.

Share your story! We’re accepting applications through March 31, 2021. If you’re also a member of your local 4-H club, 30 out of the 100 awards will go to 4-H club participants:

Apply for Invisalign ChangeMakers Here
March 31, 2021


Answer the Riley’s Way Call for Kindness

Answer the Call for Kindness by submitting a new or existing teen-led project rooted in Riley’s Way values – kindness, empathy, leadership, and connection-making – and that tackles anything from pressing equity and social justice issues to building meaningful connections in your school or community. In addition to our general category, we’re going to be selecting up to 5 projects specifically focused on food insecurity to address the growing need for solutions in this critical space.

This year, as many as 30 teen-led projects will be awarded up to $3,000 each, and the winners will join a strong community of Kindness Fellows from across the country to work together in a fellowship program that will support your project, and expand your leadership and life skills along the way.

Answer the Call for Kindness Here
Deadline: April 7, 2021


Enter the T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge

The T-Mobile Foundation, T-Mobile and Ashoka, are teaming up again this year to kick off the third Changemaker Challenge. This nationwide opportunity gives trailblazing young leaders (ages 13 to 18) the chance to take their ideas on how to create more connected, sustainable and inclusive communities and make them a reality.

They are looking for innovative ideas that focus on Technology, the Environment or Education – all with an eye towards creating more connected, sustainable and inclusive communities. Teams with winning ideas will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Bellevue, WA for the 3-day intensive Changemaker Lab along with ongoing mentorship, skills development, and up to $15,000 in seed funding to supercharge their ideas. Teams can enter the challenge until April 8.

Enter the T-Mobile Challenge Here
Deadline: April 8, 2021 | 9pm PST


Lead Racial Healing: Power of Youth Challenge

The Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing is a leadership and service opportunity through America’s Promise Alliance supporting youth-designed projects that promote racial equity and address systemic racism. The Challenge provides young people (ages 13-19) across the U.S. with the opportunity to identify a need in their communities related to racial healing and apply for a $250 grant to support a (COVID-safe) service project.

The Challenge, made possible with generous support from The Allstate Foundation, launched on January 19, 2021, the National Day of Racial Healing. Young people can submit their project ideas until April 30, 2021. Projects will be evaluated and funded on a rolling basis:

Apply to Lead Racial Healing Here
Deadline: April 30, 2021


Mobilize for Generation Disrupted

The world’s largest youth movements have joined forces with the World Health Organization and United Nations Foundation to launch the Global Youth Mobilization for Generation Disrupted.

This groundbreaking initiative will invest and scale-up youth-led solutions and youth engagement, directing support towards a generation of young people severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.!

Mobilize for Generation Disrupted Here
Deadline: Ongoing