September 2009

Opportunities to serve and learn

Join us at the Global Village and Youth Leadership Conference 2009
The Global Village and Youth Leadership Conference 2009 will be held October 16-18 in Chicago, Illinois at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. The workshop schedule is now available online at Registrations grants are still available. Register today!

Get ready for Collegiate Challenge Spring Break registration
Collegiate Challenge early-bird registration for Spring Break 2010 begins October 12; open registration begins October 14. Check the Collegiate Challenge site for more information about organizing 2009-2010 build trips for your group! Fall and winter break site lists are posted now; check back in mid-September for the Spring Break 2010 site list!  

Take part in World Habitat Day, October 5, 2009!
The first Monday of every October is designated as World Habitat Day. Get your chapter, youth group or local affiliate involved. Consider organizing your group�s Act! Speak! Build! Week around World Habitat Day. Act! Speak! Build! Week registration is online now!

�It all starts at home�: Add your picture to Habitat�s online photo petition
We know that a simple, decent home is the foundation on which a family can build their lives. Remind President Obama that �it all starts at home.� Learn more about Habitat�s photo petition and see the pictures posted on Flickr. Don�t forget, you can also add your Collegiate Challenge, Global Village and local affiliate Habitat pictures to Habitat for Humanity�s Flickr page.

Recognize the National Day of Service and Remembrance
On April 21, 2009, President Barack Obama signed federal legislation that for the first time, established the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. We encourage you to find a way to recognize the day in your community! To learn more about President Obama's nationwide service initiative and Summer of Service, which concludes on September 11, visit

Join Teach For America
Last year, over 14 percent of Teach For America�s 4,200 incoming corps members were directly affiliated with Habitat for Humanity. No other community organization had as many volunteers represented. Like Habitat, Teach For America works tirelessly to expand opportunities for children and families in under-resourced communities. Teach For America�s 2009-2010 application is available now! Join the movement or sign up for updates to learn more.

Campus Chapter and Youth United updates

Youth United State Farm Matching Grant applications available
All Youth United groups in good standing (including having completed the online end-of-year report) are invited to apply for a $4,000 or $10,000 matching grant. Find out more about the Youth United State Farm Matching Grants now! Applications are due October 9, 2009.

Youth United groups are reminded to turn in their online end-of-year report; the deadline has been extended until October 9, 2009. Groups must turn in an end of year report to be eligible for 2009-2010 grants.

Campus Chapter State Farm Matching Grant applications available
Campus chapters can apply for $2,000, $5,000 or $10,000 matching grants. Go to the Campus Chapter State Farm Matching Grants page for more information and to apply. Applications are due October 9, 2009.

Beginning of the year conference call: Tuesday, September 15
Make sure your campus chapter or Youth United group is on track to have a successful year. Learn about new grant opportunities, programs, and the new Act! Speak! Build! Week. New leaders, bring your questions.All calls are 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To dial in, call 877-238-4684, access code 570873; e-mail for agenda and materials. Calls are open to all Campus Chapter and Youth United groups.

Beginning of the year mailings

Chapters and Youth United groups should receive their beginning of the year mailings by late September; an electronic copy will also be sent, and the mailings will be posted on My.Habitat. Be sure to read your copy to get important updates for the year!


Parent, teacher and leader tools
Habitat�s Web site for youth, and those that support them, has an updated look and structure. Check out the new Web section just for parents, teachers and leaders for resources for individual and group activities and lessons, an overview of all of Habitat�s youth programs, and grant information.

New! Guide to organizing a Habitat building block event

Looking for a way to involve youth too young for the build site? This new manual outlines the steps needed to coordinate an event that can raise funds and awareness while giving young people a chance to build homes out of toy blocks. Available to chapters and affiliates on My.Habitat; contact for further questions.

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