What is it about?
This third Call for Projects will address mental health issues and challenges of vulnerable young people (ages 15 to 24) and of those who are displaced by conflict situations.
The coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented measures that were taken to contain its spread disrupt nearly every aspect of people’s lives. Emotional difficulties among young people are exacerbated by family stress, social isolation, with some facing increased abuse, disrupted education, and uncertainty about their futures, occurring at critical points in their emotional development. This applies even more so for adolescents and young people facing difficulties due among others to ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, social and economic situation.
In the world’s many protracted displacement situations thousands of children and young people grow up in seemingly unending exile. While all displaced people experience concerns for their future and wonder when, and if, they will be able to return home, such uncertainty affects youth in particular ways.
Living in a state of ‘limbo’ – often with no access to post-primary education, without opportunities to exercise their choice of livelihood, or even the rights to work, and
with no immediate durable solution to their situation, - has strong impacts on young people’s abilities to envision a future or create a life plan for themselves.
Through this Call for Projects, UCB wants to dedicate resources to support the mental health of vulnerable young people in the countries where UCB operates. More specifically, they will provide funding to organizations that design, implement and evaluate impact-driven projects and initiatives to improve the mental health of young people from the most vulnerable communities including racial and ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers, those with disabilities and certain health conditions, and those who are socio-economically disadvantaged.
This may include projects and initiatives that aim to address one or more intervention areas.