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Ashoka's Changemakers Announces Competition to Help Young Men Succeed

Those of you working with youth may be interested in this grant: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (www.rwjf.org) andAshoka’s Changemakers (www.changemakers.net) havelaunched a new global competition challenging organizations to submit their most innovative approaches to addressing the societal problems facing young men. Young Men at Risk: Transforming the Power of a Generation invites organizations working with 15- to 25-year-old males to submit their unique approaches to helping disadvantaged young men. The competition is aimed at identifying the most innovative approaches to helping a generation of young people around the world fulfill their potential and become healthy, successful adults. A major focus of the competition is reducing health disparities and improving the health of disadvantaged populations.

The competition will accept applications on Ashoka’s Changemakers Web site through January 16, 2008. During this time, applications will be available for review, comment, and discussion on the Web site. Once the competition has closed, a panel of judges will select approximately twelve finalists and three winners. The winners will each receive $5,000 in funding to pursue and expand their work. Select entries from organizations operating in the United States or its territories will be invited to submit proposals for a total of up to $1 million in grants to support the most promising innovations.

Competition details and application instructions are available at the Changemakers Web site. The deadline for applications is January 16, 2008.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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