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Call for Application: Advocates of Youth Seed Grant on Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Advocates for Youth Call for Applications for Projects to Improve the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People in Asia, Africa, and/or the Caribbean
Advocates for Youth (Advocates) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for youth-serving and/or youth-led organizations based in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean to partner with Advocates for Youth to implement programs that seek to improve young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Advocates for Youth is an international non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to advancing programs and policies that support young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Advocates hosts an International Youth Activist Network (iYAN) through which it provides information, training, and technical assistance to youth-serving organizations and youth activists working to improve young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in low- and middle-income countries.



Young people ages 10-24 account for 25 percent of the world’s population: a total of 1.8 billion, most of who are living in low- and middle-income countries. Many face challenges to their well-being and sexual and reproductive health and rights, such as unintended pregnancy; unsafe abortion; sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV;
gender-based violence; harmful traditional practices like child marriage and female genital cutting/mutilation; and stigma, discrimination and violence due to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Yet Advocates knows that there are countless promising programs, dedicated youth-serving organizations, and determined young leaders working in communities to make a difference for young people. Through this call for applications, Advocates is seeking to partner with three in-country organizations interested in implementing sexual and reproductive health programming with and for young people and in acquiring new skills, tools and resources from Advocates for Youth.



  • Advocates welcomes applicants that share this philosophy and that come with a diversity of expertise and technical needs and interests. For example, applicants could include: organizations that may already be working to advance youth sexual and reproductive health and rights issues but that are seeking to strengthen these efforts, adopt new strategies, or integrate new youth constituencies, such as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth; 
  • organizations that are already working on sexual and reproductive health issues more generally but are seeking to meaningfully engage young people and specifically address their sexual and reproductive health needs;
  • organizations that are working in related areas such as maternal health, community development, gender-based violence, youth development, or youth employment that are interested in integrating youth sexual and reproductive  health and rights programming into their existing efforts; among others.


Selected organizations will receive a twelve -month seed grant in the
amount of US$10-14,000 to support project implementation in addition to
capacity building and technical assistance from Advocates for Youth. The
deadline for applications is *midnight GMT** on* *Thursday, May 22, 2014*.

Please click here for the application:

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