Commitment to Action

Central America Youth Fund: Create Leaders, Improve Lives

Commitment by

Seattle International Foundation

In 2014, the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) committed to establish the Central America Youth Fund (CAYF), which will provide grant support to projects being implemented by youth, for youth in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. A large population of youth in Central America, especially girls, lack opportunities to pursue secondary education and access to adequate sexual and reproductive rights and health services, making them more vulnerable to high rates of gender-based violence, sex-trafficking, labor exploitation, child marriage, and teen pregnancy. CAYF will provide grant support of up to $35,000 each year to four to six organizations implementing projects that create measurable change in adolescent fertility rates, secondary school retention and/or early marriage, gender attitudes and behaviors of girls/young women, schools provision of comprehensive sexuality education, and availability and use of youth-friendly reproductive health services. CAYF will also support long-term, sustainable change by investing in the skills of local leaders and increasing their ability to organize and lead social change.

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Commitment

Central America Youth Fund: Create Leaders, Improve Lives

Launched

2014

Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value

$1,041,930

Region

Latin America & Caribbean

Countries

BELIZE, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO

Commitment by

Seattle International Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

The Summit Foundation