U.S. Embassy Announces Award of Four-Year USAID Youth Empowerment Activity in South Sudan

For Immediate Release                                                                                 November 16, 2022

U.S. Embassy Announces Award of Four-Year USAID Youth Empowerment Activity in South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan—The U.S. Embassy in Juba announces the award of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Youth Empowerment Activity. The Youth Empowerment program will help youth in South Sudan — including girls and young women — gain the knowledge and skills that will enable them to lead healthy, engaged, and productive lives. This activity will build on previous U.S. government investments to enhance the livelihoods of youth across South Sudan.

The four-year, $43.5 million initiative will empower a diverse group of 25,000 skilled and unskilled youth through a Youth Corps Service Model.  The model will recruit 500 youth leaders across South Sudan and train them as mentors for marginalized youth with supportive activities that expand their access to learning, job training, civic engagement, reproductive health, and social and community cohesion.  This approach is grounded in USAID’s Positive Youth Development framework that prioritizes youth-led, youth-serving interventions rooted in the community. The Youth Empowerment Activity will also support 65 local youth organizations with grants, technical training, mentorship, and organizational strengthening.

“In addition to expanding youths’ skills and opportunities, we’re building the capacity of local and community-led organizations. USAID has made it a priority to work more closely with local organizations across South Sudan,” said USAID Mission Director Kate Crawford.

Education Development Center (EDC) Inc. was selected to implement the initiative through a competitive, public solicitation.

The United States is the largest provider of development and humanitarian assistance to the people of South Sudan.

For more information, contact:  USAID: Victor Lugala, Development Outreach and Communications Specialist, vlugala@usaid.gov