What is Youth for Change?

Youth for Change is a youth-led program that aims at Inspiring, Informing and Involving Arab youth as Agents of Change in their communities.

Mini-Grants & Scholarships

The mini-grant winners receive their certificates.

The mini-grant winners who received their certificates from Dr. Ismail Serageldin at the 5th Arab Youth forum in Alexandria 2010.

Are you a young ICT entrepreneur with a project idea and passion to create change in your community? Are you looking for funds, networks and an opportunity to build your capacity in project management and other skills? Then, why don't you apply for the Youth for Change mini-grant awards to get a chance to support your ICT development project, attend our project management e-course and capacity building sessions at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt!

"Youth For Change" will be selecting a total number of 30 winners and offering grants of total $50,000

5 First place winners, each will receive $3,000
10 Second place winners, each will receive $2,000
15 Third place winners, each will receive $1,000

Don't miss it and apply now!

Criteria for Applicants

  • Male/Female aged 18-32 from the following Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE
  • Passionate about ICT and creating positive change in their community
  • Actively engaged in local community (previous involvement in youth organizations, projects, activities)
  • Fluent in Arabic (written and spoken) as well as good knowledge of English (written and spoken) to be able to express themselves when presenting the projects in international events (if needed)
  • Credibility of the applicant (reference required)
  • Access to regular and reliable broadband internet
  • Able to use information and communication technologies and social media tools

Criteria for Youth-led Projects

  • The project is in one or more of the following Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE
  • The projects could be based on a new idea or a phase within an existing project.
  • Aims to address major challenges/problems in the community, such as health, education, employment, participation in society, environment or any other as indicated by the applicant
  • SMART objectives and tangible activities (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Tangible)
  • Anticipated direct results / outcomes (measurable results directed towards the target group and society)
  • High level of youth contribution and participation in the project
  • The project time-line must be 5 months from August 2016 till December 2016
  • Effective utilization of ICT tools and new media/social networks in project activities
  • Points will be awarded for creativity, uniqueness, impact and time management

Application Process

To apply, fill in the application form in either Arabic or English and send it to yfc@takingitglobal.org by June 7th, 2016, no later than 11:00 pm (GMT) along with the following requirements:

  • Recent resume/CV and cover letter
  • Digital pictures of where the project will take place, if possible, showing the need for the project
  • One letter of recommendation from your supervisor at work or internship/voluntary position or school/college/university professor

Selection Process

The selection process will take place in three rounds:

  1. A selection committee will review the applications and evaluate them based on the criteria outlined below in order to select 30 potential mini-grant winners. These individuals will be contacted by e-mail (on the primary e-mail provided on the application form) no later than 1 week after June 7th to arrange for them to take the online project management course.
  2. Those who complete the project management course will be invited to the selection meeting and capacity building sessions in Alexandria, Egypt to present their project proposals.
  3. Based on the presentations and personal interviews, the winners will receive their grants according to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd category of grants.

Expectations from Mini-grant Winners

  • Sign a contract with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and TakingITGlobal that outlines your project activities, start and end dates, as well as your relationship with the Youth for Change team.
  • Join a 6 week project management e-course, where you will:
    • Work on weekly assignments
    • Participate actively using our online tools such as blogs, discussion boards, chatting and e-mailing
  • Send a 2-month progress report and a final report (technical and financial) by the end of your project to the Program Manager and your country coordinator. Deadline December 25th, 2016.
  • Work closely with the YFC Program Managers and the coordinator in your country who will be following up on the project progress through: e-mails, online meetings and attending your project activities as well as offering all the support you need.
  • Participate in a knowledge-sharing event in your country that will be organized by our host organization and coordinator to showcase your project and share your experiences with other youth in your country.
  • Participate in our online live chats.
  • Offer your photo and bio to be posted on Youth for Change website as well as a quote about your experience with the Youth for Change program and your project results.
  • Complete evaluation forms and surveys as part of our program monitoring and evaluation system.

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