Unaccompanied Children Lived Experience and Youth Engagement Support

Active
Yes
Status
Forecasted
Estimated Post Date
April 19th, 2024
Estimated Close Date
June 20th, 2024
Estimated Award Date
August 30th, 2024
Total Funding
$1,800,000.00
Award Ceiling
$1,800,000.00
Award Floor
$1,000,000.00
Expected No. Awards
1
Opportunity No.
HHS-2024-ACF-ORR-ZU-0086

Agency

Administration for Children and Families - ORR (HHS-ACF-ORR)

Eligible Applicants

Others

Funding Category

Income Security and Social Services

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Administration for Children and Families - ORR is forecasting a federal grant opportunity titled "Unaccompanied Children Lived Experience and Youth Engagement Support". This grant aims to provide funding to establish, manage, and evaluate a Lived Experience Community Council and Lived Experience Leadership Academy comprised of former unaccompanied children and individuals who sponsored children from ORR care. The grant recipient will recruit, identify, orient, and train lived experience experts that reflect the demographic diversity and varied experiences of former unaccompanied children and sponsors. The grant will support the development of a Community Council implementation plan, Leadership Academy curriculum, web-based application, selection process for eligible candidates, project management, interpretation and translation services, secure technology for virtual meetings, compensation for members, coordination of Washington Weeks, and dissemination of feedback obtained through the lived experience bodies' work. This grant opportunity does not require cost sharing or matching requirements and is open to eligible applicants in the category of Income Security and Social Services. The estimated total program funding is $1,800,000, with an expected number of awards being 1. The application due date is June 20, 2024, and the estimated award date is August 30, 2024. For more information, contact Keith Lussier at keith.lussier@acf.hhs.gov.

Description

The Unaccompanied Children Lived Experience and Youth Engagement Support Program is forecasted to provide funding to establish, manage, and evaluate a Lived Experience Community Council and Lived Experience Leadership Academy comprised of former unaccompanied children and individuals who sponsored children from ORR care. The recipient shall recruit, identify, orient, and train lived experience experts that reflect the demographic diversity (e.g., age, language, etc.) and varied experiences and circumstances (e.g., pregnant/parenting youth, survivors of human trafficking, etc.) of former unaccompanied children and sponsors. Therefore, prior experience developing programming centering lived experience and youth voice and/or supporting unaccompanied children, sponsors, and reunified families is highly desirable. These lived experience bodies have two objectives. The first is to collect feedback from former unaccompanied children and reunified families about their first-hand experience integrating to the United States. The second is to positively impact the lives of Community Council and Leadership Academy members by building their capacity to serve as leaders within their respective communities. The recipient shall provide the necessary resources, such as personnel, to support the implementation of the lived experience bodies. Task areas will include: a) development of the Community Council implementation plan and Leadership Academy curriculum; b) development of a web-based application; c) selection of eligible candidates to the appropriate lived experience body; d) project management; e) interpretation and translation services for, and during, community meetings; f) secure technology for members to participate in virtual meetings; g) compensate members for their time; h) as separate cohorts, coordinate and implement Washington Weeks for the Community Council and Leadership Academy to meet with government leaders and relevant stakeholders, and i) disseminate to the ORR-funded network feedback obtained through the lived experience bodies' work that centers youth voice and lived experience.

Contact Information

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Type
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