Press Release — December 14, 2017

The Global Youth Empowerment Fund Extends Funding to Two New Grantees

For Immediate Release

14 December 2017, St. Louis, USA — The Global Youth Empowerment Fund is excited to announce that the Fund is growing its impact; this comes following new funding to allow the addition of two new grants in January 2018.

The two new grantees — IFMSA-Poland and Razi Social Development Organization (RSDO) — will receive funding to carry out their community projects advancing the Global Goals for Sustainable Development as part of the 2017 round of grants. They join five other 2017 grantees which include Civilian Welfare Foundation in India, MUJHU Young Generation Alive (YGA), Food for All Africa, JCI Zagreb and Impart Change. 

Comprehensive Sexual Education, a project developed by IFMSA-Poland, was created to provide 6,500 youth with education on sexuality, reproductive health and developing open-mindedness to other sexual orientations, genders and sexual preferences. Medical students will be trained to visit local schools to conduct classes with an open and question-friendly environment. Data and information collected from this initiative will be used to develop research papers that demonstrate the effects of the gap in comprehensive sexual education in Polish schools, laying the groundwork for national policy changes for a more inclusive and comprehensive educational program and greater public health.

Enhancing Knowledge of Peace to Counter Violent Extremism by the Razi Social Development Organization (RSDO), Afghanistan, will conduct activities encouraging youth to be peace actors in the community rather than recruited into violent extremism groups. Through collaborating with the Heart Civil Society Institution Network and local government, this initiative will offer a sequence of capacity-building trainings on peace and conflict resolution, media workshops focused on the importance of peace journalism and advocacy, a public peace exhibition, the establishment of a peace campaign and also tackle this growing issue through community theatre.

The next round of applications to the Global Youth Empowerment Fund will open 1 March 2018.

Grant funding comes from the support of many generous individuals, organizations and corporations.

For more information on the Global Youth Empowerment Fund, including how you can contribute, please visit or follow the Fund on Facebook.

About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across nearly 120 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.

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