Register Your Project

Youth groups executing a service project on Chicago Youth Service Day, April 26th, 2014 can register online to have their project added to the official list of CYSD 2014 projects and groups. There is no fee to register your project.

Register your Project – tell us all the details about who’s involved and what you’ll be doing. Registration Deadline is Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Registration Link:

All registered projects will be considered for the Youth Service Challenge, a national competition for service learning.  Top projects will be honored at the CYSD Rally with a regional Jefferson Award for Public Service!

For all other inquiries, please contact the CYSD team.


YOUTH SERVICE CHALLENGE – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Youth Service Challenge?

The focus of the YSC is to recognize and further promote outstanding youth service projects. Participants can also share their stories of service, get project idea templates and learn from others working on similar issues. Established in 2010 by the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, the goal of the Youth Service Challenge is to empower and educate youth on the ability they have to effect change: individually, collectively, locally and nationally. The YSC connects entrees into the national prestige and the unique distinction of the Jefferson Awards’ 40 year history of recognizing excellence in public service!

Who is eligible to participate in the YSC?

Any student from pre-school to college-aged may enter a project into the YSC, either as an individual, as part of a team or as part of a school-wide initiative!

What are the project categories?

The YSC has nine project categories: Animal rights; Community building and citizenship; Education and literacy; Elder care; Environment and sustainability; Health and wellness; Hunger, homelessness and poverty; Peace and justice; and Service to youth.

What are the prizes?

The top projects in each category will be recognized locally in each Jefferson Awards region. A total of 22 awards will be given at the national recognition level from a pool of local winners.

The winner of the grand prize for the “National Project of the Year” will receive a trip to Washington DC for 2 students and 1 adult to be honored at the annual Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies in June 2013. Three “National Action Awards” will be awarded, each receiving $500, in the areas of: “Outstanding Participation,” “Outstanding Innovation” and “Outstanding Impact.” “National Category Awards” will be awarded to the top three projects from each of our nine categories as follows: first place receiving $500, second place receiving $250 and third place receiving $100.

Judging will be administered by the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.


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