Encouraging volunteerism and community service.

Youth Outreach


 Scholarships and Other Opportunities


The Congressional Award Program
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress' award for young Americans who take the challenge to set goals in four program areas:  volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration. It is non-partisan, voluntary and non-competitive and is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals, depending on the level of participation.

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
These awards honor young people in middle level and high school grades for outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, these awards make up the largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteering in the United States. Over the past seven years, the program has honored more than 40,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level.

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The Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute
This leadership institute is a state-of-the-art training program designed to teach leadership and community service skills to high school-age students.

The Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute uses a specially designed curriculum developed by the Center for Creative Leadership, one of the world's foremost authorities on leadership training. It incorporates the latest methodology for teaching key leadership skills - like goal setting, team building, project planning and decision making - while emphasizing the importance and means of applying these skills to community service endeavors. The training program consists of approximately 30 hours of classroom instruction plus hands-on field exercises, a community service project and a graduation ceremony.

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YMCA Scholarship on Civic Engagement
The YMCA Scholarship for Civic Engagement Endowment was established in partnership with the YMCA, Serve Idaho and the Idaho Community Foundation. Annually, one $5,000 scholarship and one $1,000 scholarship is awarded to two students selected from high school juniors or seniors in the Treasure Valley. Scholarships recognize high school students for outstanding leadership in service to their community and neighbors. High school students across Idaho are solving problems in their communities, demonstrating compassion for others and serving those who need support. High school principals may nominate outstanding high school students to be considered for the YMCA Scholarship on Civic Engagement.

For more information contact: Kristina Taylor, Development Coordinator, Treasure Valley Family YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise, ID 83702 or call (208) 344-5502 ext.281 or e-mail kristina.taylor@ymcatvidaho.org

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