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Exciting Opportunity for Afterschool Professionals to Learn How to Design & Implement a Meaningful Service-Learning Experience

Exciting Opportunity for Afterschool Professionals to Learn How to Design & Implement a Meaningful Service-Learning Experience

Are you ready to elevate your afterschool program to new heights? Thanks to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, YSA is thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for afterschool professionals to enhance their skills in engaging youth in meaningful service-learning projects.

What You Can Expect:

Free Online Service-Learning Course

In collaboration with Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, we’re bringing you a cutting-edge online course designed to empower afterschool educators and support professionals. Led by Scott Ganske, YSA Vice President of Education, this “Designing and Implementing a Meaningful Service-Learning Experience” course will equip you with the tools and knowledge to guide your students through impactful service-learning projects. Plus, your registration fee is covered!

Stipend for Professional’s Time

We value your dedication, so we’re offering a $100 stipend for your time spent completing the 15-hour course.

Project Implementation Grant

Upon course completion, you’ll receive a $200 implementation grant to bring your service project to life. With two technical assistance calls, resources, and reporting support, we’re here to ensure your project’s success every step of the way.

Whether you’re new to incorporating service or looking to enhance your existing programs, this opportunity is tailor-made for you! Let us help you enrich the lives of your students while making a difference in your community.


  • Must be employed by a nonprofit organization, faith-based institution, school, or other government entity located in the United States that provides an afterschool program.
  • Each afterschool professional must engage at least 50 young people (ages 5-25) as part of their project.
  • 80% of program participants must be middle and/or high school age.
  • 50% must be from low-income families or neighborhoods.

Apply now to secure your spot and embark on a journey of service and learning with YSA! This opportunity is open to 75 afterschool professionals. Implementation grants will be awarded to your employer for your use. Stipends will be paid to the individual. Priority consideration will be given to afterschool professionals with programs that have never incorporated service before, programs that want to take their youth service programs to a different level with significantly more participation and/or impact, and programs that engage youth who are not usually asked to serve and who face systemic barriers to participation. These include:

  • Young people of color (Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Indigenous youth);
  • Youth from underserved low-income families and neighborhoods; and
  • Youth who are often beneficiaries of service, rather than participants in service (youth in rural communities, youth who are homeless, youth in foster care, youth with disabilities, youth in the juvenile justice system, youth who are immigrants or refugees, youth from military families, youth who are LGBTQ+, and youth who are English language learners).

Program Timeline:

  • June 13, 2024: Application Opens
  • July 21, 2024: Application Deadline
  • Late July – Early August 2024: Application Reviews
  • Mid-August 2024: Participants Announced
  • Late August 2024 (Tentatively August 22): Participant Orientation
  • September – October 2024: Course Completion
  • November 2024: Stipends and Grants Distributed
  • Beginning October/November 2024: Implement Projects (with MLK Day of Service – January 20, 2025 and/or Global Youth Service Day – April 25-27, 2025 activities encouraged)
  • June 6, 2025: Impact Report Due

    Application Deadline: July 21, 2024

    Sign up here to start your application