Sunday, 19 February 2017

The "HEY KIDS" issue....

Hey Kids - no need to be worried - there are just a few things I'd like to share this week, as I dash around like headless chicken! So if you're a Space Entrepreneur, a Youth Activist or a European dedicated to the positive development of young people - step forward and bang in a bid before the deadline. Who knows the projects you could devise. 

Competition to uncover space entrepreneurs of tomorrow 
Young people between the ages of 11 and 22 have until the 7th March 2017 to come up with ideas on how to use satellite data to improve life on Earth. The SatelLife Challenge, run by the UK Space Agency is looking for inspirational ideas from either individuals or teams linking satellite and space data and its application to everyday life. Examples could include:

  Using satellite data to tackle loneliness amongst elderly people
  Looking at changes to green spaces in towns
  Identifying exercise routes based on traffic flows.

The competition aims to support the development of science, data handling and technological skills and is split into three age groups (11 -16; 16 -18; 18 -22), there are five prizes of £5,000 for each age category with an overall winner receiving £10,000. The winners from each category will be able to pitch their idea to a panel from the space sector who will offer prizes, which could include mentoring, work experience and even the development of the idea into reality. Read more HERE.  

Youth Social Action Programme open for applications 
Registered charities, community groups and social enterprises in England can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 through the Youth Social Action Fund. The fund is part of the #iwill campaign and administered through local Community Foundations.  The campaign aims to increase the number of people between the ages of 10 and 20 years (25 for disabled people) who take part in youth social action. This can include campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. The funding is available to organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000. Applications deadlines vary but are in general the end of February and early March. For more information on the application process, please click on the link below and then on the link for your local Community Foundation. Click HERE.

European Youth Foundation Grants 
The European Youth Foundation (EYF), which is an independent, international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to the positive development of children and young people has announced that the next deadline for applications to its grant making programme is the 1st April 2017. Two types of grants are available during this funding round. Grants of up to €20,000 for international youth meeting of young people or youth leaders; and grants of up to €50,000 towards an organisations / networks work programme for the following year. Read more HERE.

...and if you are easily upset, please don't click on the video below, which contains scenes of an unsettling nature. were warned!


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