The Summit Foundation is pleased to support the Central America & Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund), which provides grant support to local young adult leaders (aged 18-35) and their organizations in Central America to implement innovative projects related to girls’ equality and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Launched in 2014 and administered by the Seattle International Foundation (SIF), the CAMY Fund supports projects in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico. Summit plans to invest more than $1 million in the CAMY Fund over five years. Other countries and Mexican states may be added, resources permitting.
This initiative complements our past ten years’ investment in youth leadership development projects to further adolescent SRHR, the largest of which is GOJoven. We are convinced that young people close in vantage point to local barriers to gender equality and SRHR have untapped potential to formulate and carry out high-impact, transformative projects that measure improvement within their local contexts.
CAMY Fund grants currently range from $10,000 to $35,000. Examples of recent grantees and youth-led projects include: GOBelize in Belize, for a comprehensive sexuality education advocacy project and media campaign targeted at teachers; COINCIDIR in Guatemala, to increase the enrollment, permanence and success of 150 girls in secondary school in the municipality of San Luis Jilotepeque, Jalapa; Organization for Youth Empowerment in Honduras, for SRH and rights education and training for 150 youth from two marginalized urban communities; and Red + Posithiva in Quintana Roo, for the operation of a mobile health unit providing SRH and rights information and youth-friendly services to 250 adolescent girls from highly-marginalized migrant communities surrounding the city of Cancun.
Please visit the CAMY Fund website to learn more and to sign up for a mailing list to receive updates.