U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division
03/14/22 11:59 PM
Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization or IHE to administer a foreign exchange program for youth. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take as long as four weeks to complete. The selected organization will recruit and select participants, organize the three-week exchange programs with a focus on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development, and provide follow-up programs in the participants' home communities.
The Youth Ambassadors program directly supports the U.S. foreign policy goal of youth empowerment and development by equipping exchange participants with the knowledge and skills to become active and responsible members of their communities. The program will build mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect through shared culture and values; empower participants to be actively engaged in addressing issues of concern in their schools and communities upon their return home; and foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups.
The exchange program is intended for high school youth (ages 15- 18 at the start of the program) from underserved communities and adult educators focused on themes and subthemes such as social inclusion, entrepreneurship, countering disinformation, and environmental protection. Participants engage in a variety of activities such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes and subthemes, interactive training, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays, civic education programming in Washington, D.C., or the capital city of the partner country, and other activities designed to achieve the program’s stated goals. Multiple opportunities for participants to interact meaningfully with their host country peers will be included. Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by planning service programs in their home communities.
Exchange delegations will travel to the United States from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela; U.S. exchange delegations will travel to select countries in the Western Hemisphere.
The Bureau anticipates that the single award recipient will manage the comprehensive organizational and administrative responsibilities of this program, and will identify qualified sub-award recipients to implement programming for at least 60 percent of the exchange participants. The award will provide funding for approximately 459 exchange participants (339 foreign and 120 U.S.)
The program goals are to:
The program objectives are for participants to:
The primary program themes are:
For etails on program themes, options and types of programs, see https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/fy22_ya_nofo.pdf#page=3.
For program specific guidelines, see pg. 2 of the POGI document listed in Attached Files below.
GrantWatch ID#: 185761
ECA anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement for the management of the Youth Ambassadors program.
It is the Bureau’s intent to award a cooperative agreement (one base year plus two Non-Competitive Continuations (NCCs) in FY2023 and FY2024) for an estimated total amount of $10,200,000:
- FY 2022-$3,400,000;
- FY 2023- NCC year one-$3,400,000, pending successful performance and the availability of funds;
- FY 2024-NCC year two-$3,400,000, pending successful performance and the availability of funds.
Anticipated Project Completion Date: April 30, 2026. This date reflects the anticipated duration of the award – one base year plus two NCC years.
Cooperative agreements will be awarded for a period of 15 months (base year) with NCCs for two additional 15-month periods (NCC years one and two).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Direct all questions regarding Grants.gov registration and submission issues to:
Grants.gov Customer Support
Contact Center Phone: 800 -518-4726
For questions about this announcement, contact:
U.S. Department of State
Youth Exchange Division, PE/C/PY
*All correspondence with the Bureau concerning this NOFO should reference the title and funding opportunity number listed at the top of this solicitation.
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