2017-09-08 / School

Student Activist Grant Available

The Student Activist Grant of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is available to Nassau County middle school and high school students who want to create a better world. The $500 grant funds a selected student’s project in areas of peace, humanitarian efforts, the environment, disaster relief, or disadvantaged groups. The project can be a fundraiser that connects to an existing organization (such as the Habitat for Humanity) or makes a direct change (such as a neighborhood clean-up or voter registration drive). The grant will give the student seed money to conduct the project.

Previous Student Activist Grants have supported safe recycling of medicine containers for clinics in Malawi, building a greenhouse on a high school campus, spring baskets for children in homeless shelters, educating high school students about underage drinking with stickers on pizza boxes, creating an outdoor play area at a homeless shelter, running a Bowl-a-thon for Habitat for Humanity, and creating and selling ornaments to raise money for a breast cancer program. Says 2015 grant recipient Matthew Berman of Roslyn High School who collected 3500 pill bottles that were sent to Africa, “I am so grateful for this opportunity that the grant presented me with to turn this plan on paper into a successful and functioning reality.”

The student must be a Nassau County resident, aged 12 to 18, and enrolled in middle school or high school. The application deadline is November 30, 2017, with the project to be completed before April 30, 2018. For more detailed information about the grant and an application, go to www.ehsli.org (Social Action tab) or call 516-741-7304.

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