Duration: April 2017 – November 2021
Funded by: USAID – Subcontractor to Global Communities
USAID YouthPower works with vulnerable youth between the ages of 10 and 29 in 60 communities in all 12 governorates of Jordan. Communities were selected using the following criteria: (a) school dropout rate equal to or higher than 40%, (b) extreme poverty as defined by 25% or more of the population living below the poverty line, and/or (c) high concentration of Syrian refugees as identified by UNHCR.
The purpose of USAID YouthPower is to improve opportunities, well‐being and civic engagement for youth by strengthening, establishing and increasing access to the local systems and programs that serve youth. The target beneficiary groups of the program are:
• Youth who have dropped out, or are not performing well in school;
• Youth who live in conditions of poverty;
• Refugee youth; and
• Youth with disabilities.
In order to reach these populations, YouthPower organizes community outreach and youth engagement activities. The objective of those activities is to establish local partnerships with government entities and civil society, understand the local contexts of the target communities, profile community resources, and recruit youth as volunteers and participants to join the program. The program engages participant youth through three main components.
• Transformational Learning
• Community Mapping
• Youth-Community Engagement Activities
USAID YouthPower is implemented by Global Communities, the Kaizen Company, Partners for Good (PFG), and the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD). Partnerships at the national and local levels with governmental entities such as the Ministry of Youth, municipalities, local communities and non-governmental organizations, currently under development, are also key to implementation of YouthPower activities and sustainability. As a local NGO with a heritage of longstanding development work, PfG is integrating sustainable youth empowerment and engagement approaches in this project, embedding created positive practices within its programming and utilizing the lessons learned and successes for its future planning in Jordan and beyond.