Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

ECA: Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program

Program Summary

The Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program offers secondary school youth (ages 15-18) and a small number of adult educators from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to engage in intensive, thematic exchanges in the United States focusing broadly on the primary themes of civic rights and responsibilities, leadership development, respect for diversity, and community engagement. Subthemes that explore these overarching themes should be added, such as entrepreneurship and employment, the environment (wildlife and/or climate change), and/or public health (healthy living).

Youth Leadership Programs offer an examination of democratic principles and U.S civil society and provide leadership development training. Participants 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.


Organizations may submit only one proposal (total) under this competition.

Award Information

Total funding for the project (base year) is approximately $1,200,000, pending the availability of funds. ECA anticipates awarding two to three cooperative agreements to U.S. organizations to design and implement five or six three-week U.S.-based exchanges for approximately 110-130 participants from eligible countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.  This program will include both English language and French language exchanges. Should the number of participants indicate that a sixth exchange program be offered, the additional exchange will be in French.

To comply with the limitation of one submission per university, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway (cheryl-a-ridgeway@uiowa.edu or 384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research, if you are interested in applying.

Date Due to DSP or UIF05/15/2013
Date Due to Sponsor05/22/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
Sponsor URL:http://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding/open-grant-solicitations

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