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Youth Service America is looking for a few good men and women. The Washington-based group is accepting applications from "visionary" young leaders in their 20s and early 30s who want to start new community-service organizations.

The group will select five to seven individuals to participate in the second round of its "Fund for Social Entrepreneurs" program. Winners will be linked with mentors in the nonprofit world and will receive start-up funding and technical assistance for their projects for three years.

The fund's first round of programs included the Learning Project, a summer-school program for New York City public school students that emphasizes hands-on learning.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 30, and winners will be selected in January 1996. Applications are available from Jason Klugman at YSA, (202) 296-2992, ext. 11.

Another group that promotes youth involvement in service, DoSomething, is launching a magazine known simply as iBuildj.

Andrew Shue, a star of the TV series "Melrose Place," founded DoSomething in 1993 with several of his friends. The New York City-based organization awards small grants to young people with innovative ideas for improving their communities.

The first issue of Build features the story of a young Bostonian who helped start a gun "buy-back" program. And a student from Manhattan, Kan., writes about a dispute over dress codes that raised questions about race relations and freedom of speech at his high school. Magazine contributors' ages range from 9 to 30.

"We're trying to get out the message that there are young people who are building their communities and who have the knowledge and the enthusiasm to make a difference," said Ken Group, the national program coordinator for DoSomething.

A subscription to Build is $10 a year or free with a DoSomething membership. For more information, call (212) 523-1175 or e-mail: DoSomthng@aol.com.

Richard M. Clarke, the chairman of Yankelovich Partners Inc., a research and public-opinion survey firm, has been named the chairman of the National Executive Service Corp. The New York City-based nonprofit organization recruits retired executives to volunteer as management consultants for public schools and social-service organizations.

Mr. Clarke will take office Oct. 1, succeeding Robert S. Hatfield, who has served as the NESC's chairman and chief executive since 1988.

--Meg Sommerfeld

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