VSLLP Grant Introduction
The Vermont Principals’ Association is pleased to partner with the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation to offer the VPA Service Learning and Leadership Grant Program (VSLLP) to member schools for the 2012-2013 school year. The maximum amount of each award is $2,000. At this time, we anticipate the awarding of 10-12 grants this year.
School projects are required to demonstrate student and community involvement in the planning and implementation of each project. Project goals should be tied to improvements in academic involvement and school climate through service learning activities. Schools must also demonstrate a fund match of actual dollars or in-kind services from their school and community.
Research indicates that skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills are absolutely necessary in order for students to compete as citizens in the 21stCentury. (U.S. Students Need 21stCentury Skills to Compete in a Global Community) “The new mandate for schools is simple: Be relevant to students while giving them the latest skills to compete globally”. http//www.21stcentury.org The projects and activities developed by schools through the Vermont Service Learning &Leadership Grant provide students with the opportunity and the means to develop these life skills.
The VSLLP application and supporting information are located on the VPA web site. Simply “click” on the link on the home page at www.vpaonline.org.
The VPA Service Learning and Leadership Grant Program has provided over $40,000 in assistance to 23 elementary, middle, and high schools to develop and implement projects that help schools build community and student leadership through service learning.
Have questions,or want some assistance in completing the grant application? Contact Dave Cobb at the VPA with any questions. On site consultations are available – at no cost to you!
Yours in Education,
Director of Development