Learning calls about CAYF


SIF will be hosting two web-based learning calls about CAYF. The purpose of these calls is to provide information about CAYF and the application process for Year 1, and to answer questions posed by prospective applicants. Participants will be able to listen in to the presenters, and pose questions via chat or email.

Date of Call



July 22, 2014

10:00 am – 11:00 am (Pacific Standard Time)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Belize/Guatemala/Honduras time)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Quintana Roo, Mexico time)


July 23, 2014

 9:30 am – 10:30 am (Pacific Standard Time)

10:30 am – 11:30 pm (Belize/Guatemala/Honduras time)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (Quintana Roo, Mexico time)


To participate in a call, you must register using the following link:  CLICK HERE TO RSVP

As part of the registration process, you will be asked to indicate your questions about CAFY. If time allows, there will be an opportunity to pose additional questions during the call. Please take in to consideration that each learning call is limited to 25 participants.

Central America Youth Fund now receiving Expressions of Interest

SIF is pleased to announce the launch of the Central America Youth Fund (CAYF), a new fund providing grant support to projects led by local young adult leaders (aged 18-35) in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico.  On July 7th, the CAYF opened its application process and is now receiving Expressions of Interest.

CAYF will address many challenges faced by young people in Central America – particularly young women – such as high adolescent fertility rates, low secondary school completion, child marriage/early unions for girls, discriminatory gender attitudes and behaviors, and inadequate provision of reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education in schools. CAYF will support young adult leaders in Central America to implement innovative projects within their organizations that are designed to demonstrate measurable impacts on girls’ equality and/or adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The fund seeks to invest more than $1 million over five years.

This fund is made possible by the generous support of The Summit Foundation (Summit) based in Washington D.C., and builds upon Summit’s ten-year investment in youth leadership development focused on adolescent SRHR in the region.

Proposals for 12-month projects to be funded by CAYF will be accepted on an annual basis. The deadline for submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form for a Year 1 grant is July 29, 2014. Those applicants that are deemed to meet the CAYF eligibility criteria will subsequently be invited to submit a full proposal. Please click here to learn more:  http://www.seaif.org/youthfund.asp

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This blog was created to support the Central America Network and encourage dialogue around relevant research, news and poverty alleviation efforts in the region.
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