JAMS Foundation-ACR Initiative for Students and Youth Notice of Funding Availability

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is pleased to announce this Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) and request for initial proposal ideas for the 2021 funding cycle of the JAMS Foundation-ACR Initiative for Students and Youth in supporting Conflict Resolution Education for youth.  The mission of the JAMS Foundation-ACR Initiative is to provide financial support for conflict resolution education and training (CRE) for Pre-K through 12th grade students and youth. The populations to be served by the funding streams will be both (1) youth in Pre-K through 12th grade age range and (2) adults working with these youth populations in ways that directly transfer CRE skills for adults to the youth populations.

The 2021 Funding Focus

The current era of the pandemic has brought about academic disruption as well as challenges in housing, economics, food and health security.  Massive changes have occurred in every area of life, resulting in unprecedented levels of uncertainty and stress, particularly for youth living in difficult circumstances.  The proposed project would help to increase participants’ feelings of safety and empowerment during this exceptionally challenging time by utilizing young people as trainers and program implementers to teach and promote conflict resolution skills that create and enhance their ability to express their voices in one of the following settings:

•         foster care

•         homeless shelters

•         domestic violence shelters

•         youth correctional facilities

The measure of success will be youth reporting increased opportunity, because of conflict resolution education, training or services, to be empowered to:

1.  develop, explore, and make their choices in how they handle conflict.

2.  engage with other youth and adults from a framework of mutuality and collaboration.

For complete details about the funding focus and the process for submission, click this link.  All information necessary to participate in the grant process is included in the NOFA.  Send questions to jamsacr19@gmail.com.  The Project Description is due January 11, 2021.  


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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