Supporting Youth Leaders with Rapid Response Grants
Peace First is convening a global group of youth leaders between the ages of 13 and 25 to design a meaningful, youth-centered campaign in response to COVID-19. The organization is offering minigrants of up to $250, mentorship, and project support to young people leading initiatives to address secondary effects of COVID-19 in their communities. Peace First has also kicked off a series of video calls and webinars to help young people who are feeling isolated connect with youth leaders around the world, share best practices in digital organizing, and co-create projects to respond to COVID-19. In addition, the Peace First team is creating a resource list for young people seeking project-planning support, public health information, tips on building community digitally, and ideas to care for mental health while practicing social distancing. Plus, the organization is reaching out to parents and educators around the world to provide a digitalcurriculum to students experiencing disruption in their education.
NextNotes is a national program, sponsored by the American Composers Forum, to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music of all styles. Talented young artists convene as a cohort and receive mentorship, scholarship funds, and recognition through a national awards ceremony.
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, aged 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. To date, more than $7.8 million has been awarded to 346 brilliant young people. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Outside the Box.
The Ronald Reagan Foundation & Institute established the Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series to develop engaged, informed, and conscientious citizen leaders by hosting a national series of debates for high school students who effectively use logic, evidence, and personality to communicate their ideas. This debate series encourages students to join the conversation on issues the United States faces.