Articles covering topics relevant to America’s youth

Robert Ramos, a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, recently received the 2008 National Major League Baseball S.T.A.R. Award, which recognizes Club members, ages 10 to 18, who demonstrate the positive behaviors of Sportsmanship, Team spirit, Achievement, and Responsibility.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded a three-year grant in the amount of $611,353 to the American Forest Foundation. As part of the CNCS Learn and Serve America 2008 Grants program, this grant was awarded to the Foundation's GreenSchools! program to infuse service-learning into Project Learning Tree, its widely-used environmental education curriculum.
There are now two ways to access the How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice Toolkit from MENTOR.
Each year the National Family Caregivers Association  organizes National Family Caregivers Month, designated as a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. This year’s theme is “Speak UP!” The month’s charge focuses on one’s willingness and ability to speak up and concentrate on the ultimate goal—protecting the health and safety of loved ones while taking great care of oneself.
CNCS is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps National Planning grants and AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Planning grants. The application deadline is November 5, 2008.
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Communities In Schools released initial results from the midpoint of its five-year longitudinal study, Communities In Schools and The Model of Integrated Student Services: A Proven Solution to America’s Dropout Epidemic. One of the most notable findings is that the Communities In Schools Model of providing integrated student services has a greater affect on school-level outcomes than providing services to students in an uncoordinated manner.
In October communities across the country organized events to raise awareness and work to end violence against women and their children.
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has announced its Take Your Family to School Week Awards. The organization is offering awards of $1,897 to local PTAs with plans to celebrate Take Your Family to School Week in 2009. 
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced final regulations for No Child Left Behind October 28. Among the regulations, all states will be required to use the same formula to calculate graduation rates starting in the 2010-11 school year.
Fifty young leaders from around the world will convene at the Walt Disney World Resort November 6-9, 2008, for the second annual Future Leaders Forum. Alliance partner The First Tee offers this innovative educational program to help students strengthen leadership skills, prepare for college, explore the many career disciplines in and outside the game of golf, and receive hands-on training to become effective leaders in their classrooms, communities, and careers.
The American Association of School Administrators is holding a two-day Aspiring Leaders Workshop October 30 in Savannah, Ga. Topics will include board relations, budgeting for success, instructional leadership, communications and systems thinking.
One Dream, Two Realities: Perspectives of Parents on America’s High Schools, a study compiled by Civic Enterprises, and based on research conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, captures the views of parents of high school students in America’s urban, suburban, and rural communities from diverse backgrounds and income levels.
America’s Promise Alliance partner Girls Incorporated recently launched the Dear World public education campaign as part of an ongoing commitment by the organization to show girls that their voices are trusted, respected, and valued, and to raise awareness about issues that affect girls’ everyday lives. More than 275 girls from Girls Inc. centers across the United States and Canada lent their voices and expressed their opinions, writing letters to the world and auditioning to take part in the Dear World public education campaign.
This Saturday, October 25, dozens of Alliance partners will be participating in the 17th annual Make A Difference Day. Each year, millions of volunteers of all ages take part in service projects around the country.
The State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant for youth-led community improvement projects application deadline has been extended until Thursday, October 30, 2008.
YMCA's Teen Wellness Leaders Contest rewards teens who play an important role in their families, peer groups and community by helping them develop healthy habits. Each Teen Wellness Leader will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a $1,000 donation to a local YMCA.