Do you have an idea for fighting childhood obesity? Then, hurry to your local school, a local non-profit, or chat with a service-learning coordinator or a student in the health professions. If you build out your idea and win a UnitedHealth HEROES Service-Learning grant of $500 to $1,000, you’ll see your idea in action.
Your meaningful idea can come alive, developing youth leadership and engaging in the national fight against childhood obesity. Support from a UnitedHealth HEROES grant is open to all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Partnership of UnitedHealth Care and Youth Service America
The UnitedHealth HEROES program is part of Youth Service America, a global organization that works to improve communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving in substantive roles. The HEROES grant is developed with the support of UnitedHealthcare. The program awards grants to help youth, ages 5-25, create and implement local, hands-on programs to fight childhood obesity.
Guideline details and deadline:
Each UnitedHealth HEROES grant engages participating youth in service-learning, an effective teaching and learning strategy that supports student learning, academic achievement, and workplace readiness. The UnitedHealth HEROES grants encourage semester-long projects that launch on January 16, 2012, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and culminate on April 20-22, 2012, Global Youth Service Day. Youth involvement is critical in the project, and at all stages, youth should have voice in the process.
Don’t wait to share your health advocacy idea as the deadline for applications is October 17, 2011.
Lots of grant application assistance
Even with a great idea, grant writing may seem like a challenge, but YSA is willing to help.
YSA hosts an application training webinar on October 4th at 5:00 EST. The webinar gives applicants an opportunity to learn more about fulfilling the grant’s requirements with a successful, well-planned project.
A full overview of the grant requirements is available. If you are concerned about eligibility requirements, the YSA has a specific, online quiz that helps you determine eligibility. For further assistance in planning or thinking about your project, the YSA supplies a helpful First Responders: Youth Addressing Obesity Through Service-Learning booklet available for free, online download as well as access to last year’s grants as models for idea facilitation.
Be part of an important movement on a critical issue
Childhood health and obesity are vital problems. In New Jersey, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has joined with the state of New Jersey to establish the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and seed partnerships to battle childhood obesity. At the federal level, President Barack Obama has created a White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity and First Lady Michelle Obama has launched a “Let’s Move” initiative to solve childhood obesity within a generation.
With the UnitedHealth HEROES Service-Learning grant, an idea can become transformative action. Why not take your idea and make it part of nationwide movement? Those combined efforts, because they involve the welfare of our nation’s children, will shape the health and success of America’s future.