U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division
01/21/20 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education to conduct student exchange programs. Funding is intended to bring high school students, between the ages of 15 and 17, to the United States from Mexico for a program that will focus on community service, civic education, and youth leadership development. An additional goal of the program is to support the implementation of service projects in the home communities of participating students. The four-week program will take place in the summer of 2020.
ECA funding will support U.S.-based activities for approximately 25 participants, while U.S. Embassy Mexico City anticipates additional funding to increase the total number of participants to approximately 75 students. The exchange will focus on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development. Subthemes that explore these overarching themes should be added, such as sustainable development issues, innovation and entrepreneurship, discrimination, bullying, domestic violence, financial literacy, substance abuse prevention, and English teaching methodologies.
Participants should engage in a variety of activities such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes and subthemes (specifically, their community service projects), interactive training, presentations, visits to high schools, supplementary English language classes, local cultural activities, and other activities designed to achieve the program’s stated goals. For additional examples of program activities, see: https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/fy_2020_jovenes_en_accion_pogi.pdf#page=4
The program goals are to:
The program objectives are for participants to:
For information about allowable costs, see: https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/fy_2020_jovenes_en_accion_nofo.pdf#page=15
GrantWatch ID#: 187454
Approximately 75 students.
- Award ceiling: $600,000
- Award floor: $200,000
The program will take place over four weeks in the summer of 2020.
It is anticipated that the ECA cooperative agreement will begin on April 15, 2020 and end on May 30, 2023. The FY 2020 base year award period will be approximately 14 months in duration and will cover all aspects of the program planning of U.S.-based exchange activities. Planning and preparation will start in spring of 2020, the exchange will take place during the summer of 2020, and follow-on activities will be managed by the embassy or through an embassy-selected implementing partner.
The anticipated project completion date is May 30, 2023, reflecting the
anticipated duration of the award – one base year plus two non-competitive continuation years.
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