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FY 2020 - Jóvenes en Acción Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs for an Exchange
Program with High School Students from Mexico

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

Deadline Date:

01/21/20 11:59 PM ET


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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:

The program goals are to:

  1. Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Mexico
  2. Prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities
  3. Develop a cadre of students who are actively engaged in addressing issues of concern in their schools and communities upon their return home and are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become citizen activists.

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
  3. Demonstrate skill at developing project ideas and planning a course of action to bring the projects to fruition.

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GrantWatch ID#: 187454

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 75 students.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award ceiling: $600,000
- Award floor: $200,000

Term of Contract:

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.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Participant Selection: PAS and the Mexican Ministry of Public Education will recruit, screen, and select the participants. The youth participants will be high school students between the ages of 15 and 17 who have demonstrated leadership aptitude, and an interest in community service and the project themes; exhibit flexibility, maturity, integrity, good social skills, and open-mindedness; and have the motivation necessary to be active and successful exchange participants. Although participants will be proficient in English, intensive English classes during the first week of the program will help them gain confidence in their speaking ability.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 11:59 PM.

The anticipated award date is April 15, 2020.

Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition.

Applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered with and The registration process for 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.

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