Youth Service Organizations
IDB Youth - IDB YOUTH is the Youth Development and Outreach Program of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It was established in 1995 to more effectively meet the needs of young people in Latin America and the Caribbean and promote their active engagement and leadership in regional development.
The OAS, an international organization established in 1948, has a new Focus on Youth that works to involve, engage, respond to, and empower young citizens across the hemisphere and has resources dedicated to youth, including scholarships, internships, and links to other youth service organizations
International Youth Foundation is working in more than 70 countries and territories to improve the conditions and prospects for young people where they live, learn, work and play. It works with hundreds of companies, foundations, and civil society organizations to strengthen and scale up existing programs that are making an positive and lasting impact in youth lives.
The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) links youth, educators and communities to redefine the role of young people in society through service-learning. There is a resource library, you can create a customized profile, submit project examples and learn from other members on how they are shaping their communities.
US Embassies and Consulates
United States Department of State - Provides information on the US Department of State, public officials, and current news and information.
State Department Alumni- Former participants in State Department programs may join the State Department Alumni group. The site provides information about grants, scholarships, travel opportunities, a newsletter, events, and many other resources.
Youth Ambassadors Links and Networking
Join Facebook! Partners of the Americas has created a Youth Ambassadors Facebook Group for YAs from all countries to share information and stories and keep up to date on youth events and opportunities throughout the hemisphere. To join the YA Group, you need a facebook account and profile. Once this has been created, e-mail Elizabeth Auciello at email@example.com or Lauren Bernsten at firstname.lastname@example.org to join!
Exchanges Connect is an international social network that is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the US Department of State. Communicate with people in other countries by sharing photos, videos, blogs and by joining different groups based on your interests. This site also includes competitive award opportunities.
Service Nation is a campaign that seeks to engage citizens in the US in a movement to inspire widespread public support for increasing voluntary community and national service opportunities, solving problems with proven service strategies, and elevating service as a core ideal of civic engagement.
Do Something is one of the largest organizations in the US that helps young people rock causes they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, By leveraging the web, television, mobile and pop culture, DoSomething.org inspires, inspires and celebrates a generation of doers.
Resources for Community Action
Community Project Workshop (PDF 113 KB)- A guide to thinking about community projects and writing a successful proposal.
Grants for Youth Projects
Youth Service America YSA offers grants and awards to support and motivate youth, teachers, service-learning coordinators, and youth serving organizations to plan and implement projects for National and Global Youth Service.
Brower Youth Awards The Brower Youth Awards, a program of Earth Island Institute, recognize the efforts of environmental leaders ages 13 to 22. Six prizes of $3000 each are given out yearly.
Youth Action Net Grants of $500 are available to young leaders of social-change projects and those that look to connect youth to local communities.
Youth Venture supports young people (ages 12 to 20) to create and lead their own ventures that brings positive changes to their schools and neighborhoods.
Taking it Global is a social network for young people who are interested in making a difference in their local and global communities. Here you can access information and opportunities to help make your ideas possible.
The Foundation Center is a good source for finding international grantmaking by U.S. foundations.