Funding Opportunity Title: Youth Ambassadors for Community Service 2024
Funding Opportunity Number: PDS-France-FY2023-03
Deadline for Applications: May 25, 2023, 23:59 CET
Assistance Listing Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs
Total Amount Available: $150,000
The U.S. Embassy France Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to implement an exchange program for up to 30 French high school students, in the United States, for fifteen days in July and/or August 2024.
Through the Youth Ambassadors for Community Service program, up to 30 young adults from France between the ages of 15 and 18 will develop the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to become more engaged in their communities, learn about the U.S. education system, and will further their understanding of the United States.
Purpose of the Youth Ambassadors for Community Service Program: Established in 2008, the Youth Ambassadors for Community Service Program selects high-school participants from underserved backgrounds across France, including the French Caribbean, to participate in a yearlong leadership training program that encourages volunteerism, self-confidence, intercultural sensitivity, and independence.
Participants will attend two pre-departure training sessions between January 2024 and June 2024, as well as a debriefing upon their return, organized by a different French implementing NGO, in coordination with the organization awarded the overall grant.
In partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Paris, the recipient organization will design the two-week U.S. exchange program, in July and/or August 2024, which will enhance participants’ understanding of American democratic institutions and volunteer initiatives. Participants will travel to Washington D.C. for initial programming. After spending time in Washington D.C., they will be divided into subgroups in three different cities/host communities, where they will be placed with American host families and meet American students their age. They will then return to Washington D.C. for debriefing and evaluation, as well as visits to the Department of State and the French Embassy to the U.S.
Participants will engage in a variety of activities, including but not limited to workshops on leadership and community service, community site visits related to program themes, interactive training and discussion groups, volunteer opportunities, visits to educational facilities, local cultural activities, homestays, and other activities designed to achieve the program’s stated goals.
The exchange must include multiple opportunities for participants to have significant, meaningful interactions with their American peers.
Follow-on activities with the participants are an essential part of the program, and the exchange activities should prepare participants to apply the knowledge and skills that they will have acquired during their time in the United States in the planning of concrete projects in their home communities.
- Promote equal opportunities for all and encourage knowledge-sharing and intercultural dialogue between French and American youth.
- Raise awareness about civic engagement and volunteerism among young people.
- Strengthen Franco-American friendship and understanding through soft diplomacy.
- Offer French youth the chance to represent their peers and participate in civic initiatives abroad.
- Build leadership skills, encourage volunteerism, self-confidence, intercultural sensitivity, and nurture excellence and civic engagement among young leaders from underserved communities.
- Allow participants to become pillars of community organization, keeping their peers involved in positive social activities and promoting tolerance and achievement.
- Provide participants with tools to build alliances with American counterparts and to produce positive change in underserved communities.
All application materials must be submitted in English to GrantsFrance@state.gov. Applications materials submitted via other means will not be accepted.
Please submit your proposal using the application forms found on the right sidebar of this page.
For more information, eligibility, and deadlines please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity PDS-France-FY2023-03.
Questions can be directed to GrantsFrance@state.gov.
Note: we do not provide any pre-consultation for application related questions that are addressed in the Notice of Funding opportunity. Once an application has been submitted, the U.S. Embassy Paris staff may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.