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The Sega Corporation, a Japanese-owned video-game manufacturer, has established a foundation aimed at young people.

The California-based Sega Youth Education and Health Foundation Charitable Trust, launched with an initial endowment of $3 million, will award grants in four areas: national education and health projects, student scholarships, regional education and health projects, and San Francisco Bay-area youth charities.

The foundation awarded its first grant, for $250,000, to the George Lucas Education Foundation, which is developing ways of using interactive multimedia technology in the classroom.

For more information, write to the Sega Youth Education and Health Foundation Charitable Trust, 130 Shoreline Drive, Redwood City, Calif. 94065.

Community foundations are a rapidly growing source of funding for grant-seekers, according to a recent study.

The majority of grants made by community foundations are awarded to the human-service and education sectors, notes the Council on Foundations' survey of 196 community foundations.

The survey also found that in 1990 community foundations gave proportionately more funding to K-12 education than did either corporations or private foundations.

The DeWitt-Wallace Reader's Digest fund has awarded $3.29 million to three projects that strengthen the role of community service in education.

The Los-Angeles based Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Close Up Foundation of Washington received a joint $2.31-million grant to create "Active Citizenship Today,'' a program that will teach middle- and high-school students from five school districts--Grand Rapids, Mich., Jackson, Miss., Golden, Colo., Omaha, and San Antonio--about community service and public policy.

The Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington won a $515,000 grant to hold conferences and develop resource materials on integrating service learning into school curricula and teacher-preparation programs in five states: Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

The Lincoln Filene Center at Tufts University was awarded a three-year, $463,000 grant to form a partnership with the university's education department and the Thomas Jefferson Forum, a regional service-learning center.

The three organizations will help a network of 42 schools in eastern Massachusetts develop stronger community-service programs, and will also establish a center for the study of service learning at Tufts.

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