Youth Service America Moves Onto Final Round In Chase Community Giving Contest

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Youth Service America (YSA) – the global organization that improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving in substantive roles – announces it is eligible for the spring 2011 Chase Community Giving Contest grand prize of $500,000.

Youth Service America (YSA) – the global organization that improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving in substantive roles – announces it is eligible for the spring 2011 Chase Community Giving Contest grand prize of $500,000.

Narrowed down from hundreds of thousands of charities, YSA placed in the Top 100 of Round One securing $25,000, and moving onto the second and final round of voting. All monies will go toward funding YSA’s biggest initiative, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), the world’s largest youth-led service event. GYSD engages more than one million young people via partnerships with schools, community groups and faith-based organizations.

“With Global Youth Service Day being our signature event, YSA felt it was only natural to put any earnings toward future celebrations of youth and youth-service,” said Steve Culbertson, President and CEO of Youth Service America. “We are coming up on our 25th anniversary of both YSA and GYSD and hope we can reach as many young people across the globe as possible.”

Global Youth Service Day events occur in 100+ countries addressing the most challenging local, national and global issues facing the world including health, literacy, childhood hunger, disaster preparedness and the environment.

Voting in the Chase Community Giving program runs from May 19 to 26 and is open to anyone with a Facebook account. Simply “like” Chase Community Giving on Facebook at
https://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/ and search for “YSA.” Individuals can only vote once per organization.

The Chase Community Giving program is designed to benefit 501©3 charities and will distribute more than $5 million in spring 2011.

Youth Service America (YSA) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership, and achievement. The impact of YSA’s work through service and service-learning is measured in student achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities. For more information, visit http://www.YSA.org.

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, GYSD is the largest service event in the world and is now celebrated in over 100 countries. On GYSD, children and youth address the world’s most critical issues in partnership with families, schools, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and governments. For more information, visit http://www.GYSD.org.

Chase Community Giving is a program inspiring a new way of corporate philanthropy by letting participants vote to help determine which non profits will receive donations from Chase’s philanthropy funds. The program is giving away over $5 million in grants to charities nationwide, with focuses including arts and culture; education and youth development; environment; animal welfare; health and social services; community development; medical research and awareness; recreation and sports; and international development.

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