The Youth Service America/Youth Venture Program is a partnership between Youth Service America and Youth Venture that helps youth engage in community service and develop as young social entrepreneurs. YSA Youth Venture helps make every day National and Global Youth Service Day by providing funding and support to young people (ages 12-20) who want to create new, sustainable, civic-minded organizations, clubs or businesses called Ventures. Examples include: a youth center designed to keep youth out of trouble with music and art programs, an anti-peer pressure education campaign, or a bike repair shop with a vocational training program. Ventures must be youth-led and designed to be a lasting asset to the community. YSA Youth Venture teams are required to plan a NGYSD project every year that their Venture is operational. The YSA Youth Venture Program provides a variety of resources including: a national network of like-minded young people, media opportunities, technical support, helpful toolkits, and workshops as well as seed money funding of up to $1,000 for start-up expenses.
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