USAID Releases New YouthPower 2 Annual Program Statement (APS)
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners have been working to tackle the world’s toughest development challenges for more than 50 years. Our mission is to partner to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity. USAID has a long-standing history of prioritizing youth needs and investing in youth development through support to initiatives in multiple sectors, including, but not limited to, reproductive health and voluntary family planning, education, agriculture, environment, economic growth, and democracy, human rights and governance.
The YouthPower 2 Annual Program Statement (APS) is an unfunded assistance mechanism available for USAID’s Missions, Bureaus, and Independent Offices (M/B/IOs) to use for youth programming that engages youth-led and youth-serving organizations and systems to generate cross-sectoral Positive Youth Development (PYD) outcomes. The YP2 APS seeks to provide flexibility for USAID to collaborate with youth, their communities, and relevant institutions, sectors and systems.
The YP2 APS is not a Request for Applications (RFA). Rather, the YP2 APS requests Concept Notes in response to addenda published to this APS. Associated addenda will contribute to the Agency’s efforts to mainstream youth in development across sectors using a positive youth development approach. Addenda to the APS should support programming that reflects thefollowing priorities:
- Engaging Youth as Partners and Leaders - By harnessing youth talents and engaging with youth as partners, we provide them with opportunities to further develop their assets and agency, and to contribute positively to their communities.
- Integrating a Holistic and Cross-Sectoral Design Approach - A cross-sectoral approach considers and addresses youth’s needs in multiple sectors (such as health, education, agriculture, environment, economic growth, democracy, human rights and governance, etc.).
Youth Excel Addendum
Nascent youth-led and youth-serving organizations need further support and capacity development in order to implement research grants effectively at scale and to engage with funders for future programming. Moreover, capacity building is time-consuming and requires mentoring and the need for significant management and technical guidance from other more seasoned implementing partners.
In response to this challenge, the Youth Excel Addendum seeks Concept Note(s) that support the overarching YP2 theory of change as stated in the YP2 APS.
The Youth Excel Addendum is not a Request for Application (RFA) but rather a request for Concept Note(s) in response to this Addendum published under the YouthPower 2 Annual Program Statement.