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“CTAOP walks with us where WE are—
not where THEY are.”

~ CTAOP Program Partner

We support transformative, locally-led change by partnering with community-based organizations that support young people, their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender-based violence prevention.

The long-term partnerships we develop are based on mutual respect and trust. This approach plays an integral role in our work, as does the power of sharing stories, convening, and a commitment to continuous learning. Since those closest to the issues are the ones who are best suited to create transformative and sustainable change, we support community catalysts. Our support is responsive, driven by what our Partners say are the greatest needs.

We seek relationships with organizations across sectors—private, public, and nonprofit—to leverage our strength in numbers and mobilize more resources to support local solutions.

“Real lasting change comes from the communities themselves.”

~ Charlize Theron

Supporting community-driven change


We provide flexible, multi-year grants and capacity strengthening support to community-based and community-engaged organizations that support local solutions.


We organize rejuvenating, healing, connecting, and creative spaces for Program Partners and young leaders to explore their collective wisdom in driving social change.

Storytelling & Advocacy

We use the power of story. We amplify the voices and experiences of young people and CBOs to build human connection and inspire action.

Youth Leaders Scholarship

We support the next generation of changemakers through full-cost scholarships and leadership development for youth served by Program Partners.

CTAOP centers trust, care, and responsiveness in all pillars of our work. We mobilize our unique resources, experience, and diverse relationships to support the work, strengthen the capacity, and respond to the self-determined needs of our Program Partners.

Making an impact since 2007

Over4.1M young people reached by CTAOP-supported programs

Over$13M in grants awarded

Nearly88% of current Program Partners receive flexible, multi‑year grants

Reflecting on an inspiring 2023…

CTAOP supported 16 organizations across South Africa, Zambia, and Rwanda, reaching nearly 590,000 young people.

Alongside co-funders DG Murray Trust and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, CTAOP launched Sukuthula! Unmute & Act, a participatory grantmaking initiative.

CTAOP’s Youth Leaders Scholarship now has 6 graduates and continues to support another 22 Scholars.

Youth activists from the Eastern Cape province in South Africa educate young people on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.