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Rise Up’s Youth Champions Initiative

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 14, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on July 14, 2021
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The Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) is an exciting initiative that is advancing innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights globally.

Rise Up is launching the fourth cohort of the Youth Champions Initiative, in partnership with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Through YCI, Rise Up invests in young champions who are leading the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement now and for the next generation.

Youth Champions Initiative improves the lives of young people by advancing innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice globally.

YCI is already creating important impacts in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, and the U.S. South.

Ongoing monitoring and evaluation demonstrates that the Youth Champions have significantly strengthened their leadership, and that their innovative projects are already improving SRHRJ in their communities.

Recent successes include:
• Leveraging WhatsApp in India to deliver youth-friendly mobile instant messaging on SRH;
• Developing an animated television series in Ethiopia about girl super heroines fighting for girls’ health and rights;
• Creating comic books in Pakistan to deliver healthy menstrual hygiene information to girls and their families;
• Teaching youth in the United States to use art, dance, and spoken word poetry to advocate for comprehensive sexuality education.

Utilize This Offer

Rise Up’s Youth Champions Initiative invests in powerful young leaders ages 18-29 who are leading the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movement in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, and the United States.

Following a competitive selection process, Rise Up will select 22 visionary young people working in Packard Foundation priority geographies – India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the United States (Louisiana and Mississippi).

Rise Up will competitively award $12,000 USD grants to participating Youth Champions and their organizations to launch innovative sexual and reproductive health and rights projects they develop during the Incubator.

Rise Up has developed an innovative virtual incubator-style model for YCI that integrates intensive capacity building, leadership development, advocacy, project funding, and technical support to enable the Youth Champions to launch creative new initiatives to improve SRHR in their countries.

Our externally validated model enables young leaders to create large-scale change through leadership development, technology, innovation, and advocacy.

Before applying, please review the Youth Champions Initiative Factsheet, Selection Criteria, and Frequently Asked Questions.

The deadline to submit applications is July 15, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 14
Jun 14

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed calls that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Jun 16
Jun 16

Thanks, Ana.