Fwd: Kids solving community problems can win cash grants
Jim Miller Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 11:32:00 +0000
I've seen at least one Troop in my Council win one of these awards before,
and it's certainly something any unit should enter. If your unit is doing
good community service projects, why not try to put a little something
in the treasury? Write it up. The web address for the form is at the end
of the article.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)--Oct. 8, 1996--
24th Annual Colgate Youth for America Campaign
Rewards Local Youth Groups for their Best Service Projects
Local clubs and troops of the six largest national youth
organizations representing some 13 million young Americans, are
invited to enter their best community service projects in the 24th
annual "Colgate Youth for America" campaign.
The award-winning program presents cash grants for the most
creative and best executed projects in the U.S. by local units of
the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls
Incorporated, Camp Fire and 4-H.
More than 240 winners will receive checks for up to $2,000 from
the Colgate-Palmolive Company. A celebrity panel of judges who
volunteer their time and talent to the campaign determines the top
programs. Past judges have included Alex Trebek, Andrew Shue, Ethan
Hawke, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Phylicia Rashad, Jack Wagner, Dean
Cain, and more than 40 other popular stars.
Clubs have until March 15, 1997 to develop and execute programs
of value to their communities and send in their reports.
Participants range from five-year-olds to high school teens.
The award winning projects in last year's "Youth for America"
campaign reflect the creativity and resourcefulness of today's kids
in their approach to modern problems. Members of a Texas Camp Fire
council underwent special training to be able to provide child care
for special needs children. Teens learned special needs care from
professionals and medical doctors, then offered their baby-sitting
services to area families.
A Michigan Boy Scout troop donated movies and games to the
pediatrics unit of a local hospital. The boys performed services
throughout the community to earn money to pay for the gifts.
A Boys & Girls Club from Milwaukee implemented a credit union
run exclusively by and for its student members. Members deposit
portions of their allowance and can borrow at rates determined by a
student board of directors. The program helps kids develop positive
savings habits and teaches the financial operations of banks.
An Illinois Girl Scout troop donated stuffed animals from their own
collections to their local Child and Family Services Center. The
toys are used to counsel children entering foster care.
A Girls Incorporated unit from Georgia taught girls basic auto
technology and repair, introducing skills not usually presented to
women. The program helps young women save money, build confidence
and opens new career paths.
A 4-H group from Illinois helped form a sister 4-H club for
residents of a local learning center devoted to the care and teaching
of developmentally disabled children. The group helped their new
'sisters' complete their first service project -- the donation of
stuffed toys for paramedics to carry with them for injured children.
Colgate Program Director Michele Macchia says, "We're proud of
the role 'Youth for America' plays in inspiring and spotlighting the
positive side of today's kids and of all of the special young
Americans who work hard to create a better world for themselves."
To date, the Colgate-Palmolive Company has awarded close to $6
million to America's young people through "Youth for America." The
campaign, initiated in 1972 to encourage social responsibility in
America's young people, is now one of the longest consecutive
running corporate-sponsored programs. "Youth for America" has been
honored by The White House under five different administrations, has
received a Freedoms Foundation Award, is included in The Points of
Light directory, and is praised each year by members of Congress and
governors and mayors throughout the nation.
Entry forms are now available through regional offices of the
national organizations, or by sending a stamped self-addressed
envelope to Colgate Youth for America Campaign, P.O. Box 1058, FDR
Station, New York, NY 10150-1058. Further information about
Colgate's youth programs and "Youth for America" entry forms can
also be obtained on-line at http://www.colgate.com.
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