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AU-UNICEF Youth Innovation Challenge (deadline: 31-Jan-22)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted January 14, 2022 from Brazil
Expires on January 30, 2022
AU-UNICEF Youth Innovation Challenge poster
AU-UNICEF Youth Innovation Challenge poster

What is the Innovation Challenge on?
Survivors of harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM may find it difficult to seek help and cope with the mental health and psychosocial challenges due to their experience and ordeal.

Do you have the innovation that African Union (AU) and UNICEF are looking for?
Will it positively impact your community and contribute towards eliminating harmful practices against women and girls while preserving their mental health?
Then this is for you!

UNICEF 8 AUC invites you to share with them what you and your team think would be an innovative way of focusing on either of the following issues:
a) Creating awareness in their respective communities, peer groups and beyond on the impact of harmful practices (HPs) on mental health/well-being;
b) Helping survivors cope with psychosocial consequences of HPs through different ways;
c) Neighborhood / community-based activities / services that can help survivors of HPs cope with various mental health and psychosocial needs.

Utilize This Offer

The African Union (AU) – UNICEF Youth Innovation Challenge aims to prevent the impact of Harmful Partices on the Mental Health of Children & Young People.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. You must:
a) Be an African youth to be considered for the innovation challenge;
b) Describe your innovative intervention in detail and submit your plan;
c) Work collaboratively in a group in your country and decide on a focal / intervention;
d) Submit the names of your team and the team lead responsible for the intervention oversight;
e) Submit 5-10 photos and 1-minute video clip explaining your proposed solution etc.
2. The Innovative Solution should:
a) Show how it will support young people particularly girls and young women affected by HPs;
b) Work directly with your peers / communities;
c) Be collaborative.

The best 10 interventions will be awarded US$2.500 each to implement their intervention in the community.

Submission deadline: 31-Jan-22 at 23:59 EAT.

Interested and eligible persons or teams should submit their application through the following email address;
• To: [email protected]
• Cc: [email protected]

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jan 14
Jan 14

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities 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, letters of recommendation, 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 (repost it). Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and / or its Resource Exchange section.

Best regards,

Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Jan 17
Jan 17

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great!