Inspiration Monday: Go Overboard Challenge Grant

Justina Chen Headley is celebrating the release of her new book, Girl Overboard, in a big way. For those of you familiar with readergirlz, you know this vivacious readergirlz diva is big into encouragement, empowerment, and giving back. This generous lady not only talks the talk…she walks the walk.

Justina donated half of her advance from The Patch, her first picture book, to InfantSEE, a public health program that provides free eye assessments to babies. When her book, Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) was released in 2006, Justina personally sponsored a Nothing But the Truth Essay Contest for a $5,000 college scholarship.

And now from the Burton Snowboard website
Burton Snowboards and Girl Overboard author Justina Chen Headley, in partnership with Youth Venture, are co-sponsoring the Go Overboard Challenge Grant to find the best youth-led ideas to change the world.

Commit to a cause you’re already passionate about-whether it’s saving the environment, ending world hunger, or protecting endangered species. Olympic Gold medalist Hannah Teter, with the help of Green Mountain Sugar House, bottles Vermont-grown maple syrup – Hannah’s Gold – to earn money for AIDS orphans in Africa. Justina co-founded readergirlz-an online book community-to promote teen girl literacy. And Syrah in Girl Overboard spearheaded a huge snowboarding event to raise awareness for cancer.

Teens ages 12 – 20 are eligible to apply for this grant. So think about a problem and figure out a solution! Then tell us how you, your club, your team, or your entire school will Go Overboard. The best ideas will win one of the many Go Overboard Challenge Grants of up to $1,000 each. So get ready to change the world with your plans.

The deadline for submission is May 1, 2008, but grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. Work on your application and submit early!

Check out this YouTube video of Justina and Olympic Gold medalist Hannah Teter.

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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