Agency: State Dept. Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs; Program: Youth Ambassadors Program (CFDA Number: 19.415) (Funding Opportunity Number: ECA-ECAPEC-17-032); Eligibility: Colleges, nonprofits and community groups; Funding: $3.3 million for multiple awards (no match required); Deadline: May 29.
Summary: The program pays for a high school student exchange program in which foreign students come to the United States and a like number of U.S. students travel to a foreign country. Participating countries are limited to Argentina, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. ECA reserves the right to adjust the participating countries should conditions change in partner countries or if other countries are identified as department priorities. Planning and preparation will start in 2017, and the exchanges will take place at various points throughout 2018. The three-week exchanges will focus on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development, and to support follow-on projects in the home communities.