Young Advocates for Human Rights Exchange Program

Funding Opportunity Title:         Young Advocates for Human Rights Exchange Program
Funding Opportunity Number:  DOS-CT-201903
Announcement type:                    Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Number:                                  19.040
Deadline for Applications:          July 31, 2019
Total Amount Available:              $125,000


The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy South Africa of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a Young Advocates for Human Rights and Dignity Exchange Program in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa and in the United States.

Program Objectives:

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa announces an open competition for organizations interested in implementing an exchange program to build a cadre of young leaders from marginalized communities to serve as the next generation of human rights advocates. The goal of the exchange is to expose South African and U.S. high school students to our shared history of progress as a means of helping students acquire critical skills in civic leadership, community advocacy, and policy planning. Through the exchange, students will gain a greater appreciation for U.S. and South African historic milestones in civil and human rights as well as better understand how to provide solutions for social inequality, gender-based violence, and economic disenfranchisement. Specifically the program will allow Young Advocates to:

  • Tour historic monuments and national treasures to gain a fuller appreciation of U.S. and South African shared histories in civil and human rights.
  • Meet social service organizations, local influencers, and academic leaders enhancing the rights of marginalized communities through policy reform.
  • Create opportunities to understand strategic planning, marketing, and community advocacy for greater organizational and civic leadership.
  • Participate in team building exercises, which focus on service, justice, and social impact.
  • Raise the confidence, networks, and academic resources for low income students to serve as key human rights advocates for change in their communities.

Activities should demonstrate the shared values around service, equality, and respect for human rights and dignity in South Africa and the United States. The exchange should culminate in a Final Project, which demonstrates U.S. and South African shared histories and the value of serving as a human rights advocate. The Final Project could include, but is not limited to, a documentary video, an oral presentation with photos, or a visual arts production to be presented in honor of the U.S. Mission’s recognition of human rights achievements during the month of February, which is Black History month in the United States.