Yolo Youth Service Awards

The Yolo Youth Service Awards (YoYoSA) program is designed to promote and reward Yolo County youth volunteering with local nonprofit organizations, and encourage Yolo County nonprofits to engage with youth volunteers. Yolo Community Foundation is proud to recognize tomorrow’s leaders in local philanthropy.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student volunteer must be a current high school senior residing in Yolo County
  • Must have volunteered 60 hours with a recognized Yolo County nonprofit organization during your junior and/or senior year(s) of high school. Due to pandemic-related volunteer restrictions, the hours can be cumulative across multiple nonprofit organizations. You will be required to get a recommendation from each nonprofit you volunteered at. The nonprofit agency application form is available at yolocf.org.
  • Demonstration of: leadership, commitment to public service, maturity, and reliability
  • The contribution the Yolo County nonprofit organization makes to enhance the quality of life in Yolo County will be considered

YoYoSA student awardees will receive a $1,000 scholarship to support post-high school education, which may include college, vocational, or technical school. A $500 grant will be awarded to the nonprofit organization sponsoring each YoYoSA student scholarship winner.

YoYoSA Application Process

  1. The student and his/her sponsoring nonprofit agency supervisor must complete separate YoYoSA
    applications. Agency applications can be found on the YCF website at www.yolocf.org
  2. Yolo Community Foundation may ask selected applicants to participate in an interview
  3. Funding decisions will be announced by April 30th and YoYoSA awardees will be recognized at a reception hosted by Yolo Community Foundation

Questions may be directed via email to info@yolocf.org or by phone (530-312-0593)

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a current high school senior residing in Yolo County?
  2. Have you volunteered at least 60 hours with a recognized Yolo County nonprofit organization during your junior and/or senior year(s) of high school?
  3. Do you have a nonprofit agency in Yolo County who is sponsoring you for the YoYoSA award?
  4. What is the name of the Yolo County Non Profit with which you have volunteered at least 60 hrs as a Jr. &/or Sr. in high school
  5. Every nonprofit organization has a mission statement. State the nonprofit agency's mission and give examples of how you think the agency's activities support its mission.
  6. Briefly explain the specific project(s) you worked on as a volunteer with the nonprofit, and describe the role you played in this work.
  7. Give specific examples of the way(s) in which you were able to demonstrate: A) Leadership, B) Commitment to public service, C) Maturity and D) Reliability during volunteer service wth the agency.
  8. Tell us about your post-high school education plans and then explain how the $1,000 YoYoSA scholarship would be used to further these plans.
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