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Institution for Exchange Programs with African Students

Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program

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

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03/25/22 11:59 PM ET


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Cooperative agreement for a USA nonprofit organization, IHE, or cultural institution for exchange programs with educators and secondary school students from eligible regions of Africa. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Programs are to provide participants from Sub-Saharan Africa with three-week exchange programs in the United States focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development, and to support the implementation of service projects in their home communities.

U.S. embassies in Sub-Saharan Africa will recruit, screen, and select the participants. ECA funding will support the planning and implementation of U.S.-based programming, including participant international travel, for approximately 150 participants in 2023.

Youth Leadership Programs offer an examination of democratic principles within U.S civil society and provide leadership development training. Participants should engage in 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, and other activities designed to achieve the program’s stated goals, while living with American families for a significant period of the exchange. Additional opportunities for participants to interact meaningfully with their American peers must 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 and carrying out service projects in their home communities.

The program goals are to:

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

The program objectives are for participants to:

  1. Demonstrate a better understanding of the elements of a participatory democracy as practiced in the United States;
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills; and
  3. Demonstrate skill at developing project ideas and planning a course of action to bring follow-on projects to fruition.

The primary program themes are listed below:

  1. Civic Education (citizen participation, grassroots democracy and rule of law);
  2. Community Service (social/corporate responsibility, volunteerism, and philanthropy);
  3. Respect for Diversity (including ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, and disabilities); and
  4. Youth Leadership Development (team building, public speaking, negotiation, goal setting, and project planning).

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$1,600,000 per year

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Award Date: September 1, 2022; pending the availability of funds.
- Anticipated Project Completion Date: December 31, 2025. This date reflects the anticipated duration of the award – one base year plus two non-competitive continuation years.

The FY 2022 base year award period will be approximately 15 months in duration and will cover all aspects of the program planning of U.S.-based exchange activities and follow-on activities. Planning and preparation for the exchanges will start in fall 2022, and the exchanges will take place in calendar year 2023.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: U.S. public and private academic and cultural institutions, exchange-of-persons, and other not-for-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit applications for this competition. Applicants must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

Bureau grant guidelines require that organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges be limited to $130,000 in Bureau funding. ECA anticipates making one cooperative agreement, in an amount over $130,000 to support all costs required to implement this exchange program. Therefore, organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Date: March 25, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., Washington, DC time

All applicants must also have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number and be registered in Applicants must be registered in The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

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

Only one proposal will be considered by ECA from each applicant organization.

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For questions about this announcement, contact:
Pamela Rasmussen
U.S. Department of State, Youth Programs Division

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