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Youth Empowerment

May 11, 2012

Grant for Minority Health Youth Empowerment

Deadline June 8, 2012

1. Purpose:
The purpose of the YEP is to address unhealthy behaviors in minority at-risk
youth and provide them opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that
contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier
life choices. The YEP is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative
approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority youth at-risk for poor
health/life outcomes. These demonstration grants require a multi-partner
approach involving institutions of higher education, primary and secondary
schools, community organizations and institutions, and the community at-large.


2. OMH Expectations:
It is expected that the YEP will result in the following outcomes among targeted youth:
− Reduction in or elimination of high risk behaviors.
− Strengthening of protective/resiliency factors.
− Development of sustainable basic life skills needed to deal with the demands of
everyday life.
− Development of skills and behaviors that lead to healthier lifestyle choices.
Services provided under the YEP will not be denied to any person based on race, color, or national origin.

3. Applicant Project Results:
Applicants must identify anticipated project results that are consistent with the overall YEP purpose and OMH expectations. Project results should
fall within the following general categories:
− Mobilization of communities and partnerships to support a comprehensive, effective
and sustainable program for youth and their families.
− Development of sustainable life skills that will enable youth to become competent,
contributing, members of society who deal effectively with the demands and
challenges of everyday life (including self-awareness, interpersonal skills, problem
solving ability, critical thinking, effective communication, goal setting, and how to
cope with emotions and stress).
− Engagement of parents/guardians, coaches, teachers, and other relevant individuals in
the social and educational development of the students in order to create a positive
and healthier home/community environment.
− Creation of protective habits among youth designed to promote healthier lifestyles and to prevent intended and unintended injuries.
− Increased participation in other extracurricular activities including sports, drama,
music, debate clubs, and other similar activities.

The outcomes of these projects will be used to develop other national efforts to address
unhealthy behaviors, the elimination of health disparities and empowering minority youth to make better and informed decisions.

Estimated Funds Available for Competition: $1,500,000 in FY 2012

Anticipated Number of Awards: 5 – 6

Range of Awards: $250,000 to $300,000 per year

Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2012

Period of Performance: 5 Years (September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2017)

Budget Period Length: 12 months

Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement

Type of Application Accepted: New

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Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate
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