“Speak Out & Listen Up!” Curriculum and Mini-grant Opportunity

2012 Semester of Service/Global Youth Service Day “Speak Out & Listen Up!” Curriculum and Mini-grant Opportunity  from NJ After 3

Thanks to the generous support of AT&T, thirty-five $200 mini-grants are available (on a first-come first-served basis) to purchase supplies needed for “Speak Out & Listen Up!” service learning projects.
Programs are also responsible for making copies of various handouts. To apply for a 2012 Semester of Service mini-grant please fill out the application:


What is “Speak Out & Listen Up!”?

“Speak Out & Listen Up!” is a 13-week curriculum during which students will explore ways that they can promote peace, hope and literacy. Students will engage in lessons that increase their sense of community and will plan service projects.

Main Components of “Speak Out & Listen Up!”

The curriculum will be provided free of charge and emailed in an electronic PDF form. All supplies necessary to the curriculum have to be purchased by the participating program. The mini-grant, if recieved, can be used to purchase supplies. Important details about your afterschool program’s participation in a “Speak Out & Listen Up!” Semester of Service are listed below.   

 Grade Levels:
The curriculum kits have four grade-appropriate versions: K – 2nd, 3rd – 4th, 5th – 6th, and 7th – 8th. Each lession includes applicable English Language Arts Standards from the New Jersey Core Curriculum.

Start Date:
As soon as your program is accepted

End Date:
Projects should end with events during the week of Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2012.

Number of Sessions:
There are 13 sessions that occur between January 16th and April 20th. It is recommended that students meet once a week to work on the project. The curriculum schedule accommodates one week off for Spring break.

Who Leads? The site should designate an afterschool educator to lead the project in each class. If multiple classes will be participating, assign a single point person the responsibility of coordinating a large culminating event for all classes.

Events: There are two events your program should plan as part of “Speak Out & Listen Up!”:

  • Event 1:   On March 2, sites can host a reading event in recognition of Read Across America Day. The students participating in “Speak Out & Listen Up!” will help plan the event.
  • Event 2:   On/around April 20- 22 (Global Youth Service Day), your site will host a “Speak Out & Listen Up!” culminating event where students should showcase the projects they have completed.

Press & VIPs: Programs are encouraged to solicit press for their events, and invite local VIPs to attend.

Get Recognized! Classes are encouraged to submit their service projects to Students in Action New Jersey’s Make Service Count Challenge: Make Service Count Challenge Entry Form 

Be in the Loop! New Jersey After 3 suggests that every Site Coordinator read the entire curriculum before students begin the project.

Reporting: At the end of April, we ask that all programs complete a brief survey. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@njafter3.org


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