U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division
Opportunity for USA nonprofit organizations to provide exchange programs for high school students, communal leaders, and instructors from eligible foreign countries. Applicants are advised that required registrations can take several weeks to complete. Participants will benefit from activities focused on community engagement, civic education, and youth leadership development.
Purpose: The On-Demand Youth Leadership Program provides exchanges in the United States for international high school students ages 15-18 and adult educators or community leaders from countries and regions identified as U.S. Department of State priorities. Exchange activities will focus on civic education, community service, respect for diversity, and youth leadership development. Secondary themes on issues of global or regional relevance may be added by the embassy. Applicants must indicate their capacity to program an exchange at varying points during the award period. Participants will engage in a variety of activities such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to program themes and subthemes, interactive training and discussion groups, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays, and other activities designed to achieve the program’s stated goals.
The exchanges must include multiple opportunities for participants to interact meaningfully with their American peers. Follow-on activities with the participants are an essential part of the program, and the exchange activities should prepare participants to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by planning action projects in their home communities.
The goals of the program are to:
The objectives of the program are for participants to:
The primary themes of the program are:
Two exchange projects will be conducted under this cooperative agreement to support approximately 50 foreign high school students and adult mentors. Each exchange will be three weeks in length and will engage approximately 25 participants; two to three of the participants will be adult educators or community leaders who will participate in the program alongside the youth participants. The focus, size and nature of each exchange project will be identified and developed by ECA, in consultation with the Public Affairs Section (PAS) at U.S. embassies and consulates overseas, and the award recipient during the course of the award period.
GrantWatch ID#: 187669
Applicants should estimate funding of approximately $8,000 to $10,000 per participant.
The duration of the award is one base year plus two non-competitive continuation years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Contact Information to Request an Application Package:
Pamela Rasmussen, Youth Programs Division
ECA/PE/C/PY, SA-5, Third Floor, U.S. Department of State
2200 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
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