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FY 2020 On-Demand Youth Leadership Program

Opportunity for USA Nonprofits to Provide Exchange Programs for
Students, Communal Leaders, and Educators from Foreign Countries

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U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division

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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: 

  1. Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries; 
  2. Prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities; and 
  3. Foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups

The objectives of the program are for participants to: 

  1. Demonstrate a better understanding of community engagement as practiced in the United States; 
  2. Deepen critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills; and 
  3. Develop program planning and implementation skills to bring community project ideas to fruition.

The primary themes of the program are:

  1. Civic education (citizen participation, democracy, and rule of law);
  2. Community engagement (social/corporate responsibility, volunteerism, and philanthropy; and
  3. Youth leadership development (such as team building, public speaking, negotiation, goal setting, and project planning).

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. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 187669

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants should estimate funding of approximately $8,000 to $10,000 per participant.

Term of Contract:

The duration of the award is one base year plus two non-competitive continuation years.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by U.S. public and private nonprofit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Date: Monday, February 13, 2020
Anticipated Award Date: June 1, 2020, pending the availability of funds
Anticipated Project Completion Date: September 30, 2023

Applications may only be submitted electronically.

Cost Sharing or Matching Funds: There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost-sharing and funding in support of its programs.

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Please contact:
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
Telephone: 202-632-6079

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