Articles covering topics relevant to America’s youth

Next week — November 16–22, 2008 —educators, administrators, school personnel, students, and parents across the country will celebrate the 87th annual American Education Week. An initiative of the National Education Association, American Education Week honors the importance of public education and pays tribute to the individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.
The National Youth Leadership Council’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) recently selected eight projects, from Washington to Michigan that will address the “achievement gap” during the 2008-09 school year. Each will receive $1,500 — funding that comes from State Farm’s Youth Advisory Board. The YAC will oversee the project, using an extranet to help participants learn from each other’s experiences.
The Harvard Family Research Project recently released Strengthening Out-Of-School Time Nonprofits: The Role of Foundations in Building Organizational Capacity.
UnitedHealthcare and Youth Service America are offering UnitedHealth HEROES service-learning grants for teachers, service-learning coordinators and students in health professions to engage youth ages 5 to 25 as volunteers in childhood obesity projects.
YouthBuild USA has launched a "friendly match" mentoring pilot program with 16 DOL-funded YouthBuild programs.
We congratulate our newly elected President and pledge our support as he begins leadership of our country during these challenging times.
Recognizing the need for the country to come together to support our young people and keep them in school, heightening their chances to graduate prepared for college, work and life, America's Promise Alliance recently commissioned Grad Nation, a new tool comprising the best evidence-based practices for keeping young people in school paired with suggestions for effectively preparing them for life after high school. Grad Nation positions the user to play a key role in the dropout issue by providing a “road map” with the latest research, best practices, and key tools for meeting communities’ dropout challenges. The guide helps develop community-specific plans for keeping students on track to graduate from high school and to prepare them for college, the workforce, and active citizenship.
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.
Items to take note
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.