Master Theme: Youth Engagement and Social Inclusion

All project proposals must relate to this master theme. Projects must also:
  • Expand opportunities for experiential and active learning to address priority needs while fostering cross-cultural networks that allow youth to develop leadership skills while contributing to their communities. 

  • Solidify community bonds and bolster civil society by tackling issues critical to human and social development (e.g., empowering indigenous and African Descendant communities; advancing gender equality; promoting disability rights; fostering religious and cultural tolerance; and advocating for human rights), providing opportunities for civic engagement and volunteerism and/or increasing access for those who feel disengaged or disenfranchised.

Projects are also required to focus on one of the following sub-themes:

Countering Extremism

Projects should seek to understand motivations for extremism, including by building awareness of the drivers of extremist tendencies—especially in youth and marginalized communities—by countering extremist narratives and tactics (such as illegally trafficking and destroying cultural patrimony), and by initiating community intervention.  Projects should engage local community members and other stakeholders in addressing such questions as competing identities (national, religious, tribal, racial, or local), cultural patrimony, pluralism, misinformation, counterpoint narratives, at-risk-youth engagement, and civil society development.

Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship

Projects should advance innovative models and strengthen the economic empowerment and entrepreneurial ideas and practices of cultural organizations by focusing on social entrepreneurship, small business development, new economic models, business leadership skills or other key topics.

Empowering Women and Girls

Projects should educate and empower all youth in affirming the identity, self-esteem, and recognition of women and girls, and by providing them with equal access to skills, choices and knowledge to advance their active engagement and equal contribution to society.

Environmental Sustainability

Projects should develop innovative strategies for environmental protection and sustainability (e.g., renewable and clean energy, conservation, sustainable agriculture, waste reduction, eco-tourism, and climate change), looking at both grassroots development as well as policy implementation.

Expanding Access to Quality Education

Projects should focus attention on inequalities and gaps in access to quality education worldwide (including economic, social, and political barriers). Projects should confront these barriers through the development of sustainable, innovative models that seek to deliver access to free, primary education in varied and challenging political, social, and economic contexts.