uVoice 2017 Grant Application: Due March 24, 2017

uVoice 2017 Grant Application

  • Grant Information.

    Purpose of Request for Proposal (RFP): Promoting systemic change that decreasing rates of youth substance abuse through one of the following strategies: educating youth about drug and alcohol usage, exposing youth to alternative coping mechanisms, and creating an accessible referral process for teens to access services.

    Application Due: by 1:00pm Friday, March 24, 2017

    If you have any questions while completing this form, please contact Alicia at alicia@cyconcepts.org.

    uVoice was created in partnership between Community Youth Concepts (CYC) and Mid-Iowa Health Foundation (MIHF).

    Mission: uVoice is a high school philanthropy board aimed at positively impacting the well-being of youth in central Iowa.

    Target Population: Polk County Youth, ages 13-18 years old

    Awards of volunteer support and/or financial grants of $500 to $2500 will be made following review of the applications by uVoice members. Any financial grants will be distributed by MIHF.

    uVoice grant recipients will be notified no later than Tuesday, April 19th. Grant recipients will be announced at Community Youth Concepts' Global Youth Service Day Celebration on Friday, April 21. Attendance at the event is required for all grant recipients. We will make every effort to keep applicants updated on the status of their proposals and may request a site visit to learn more about your program and organization.

    Grant recipients will be required to sign an agreement with the Mid Iowa Health Foundation before funds are distributed. Recipients will also be required to file a final report at the end of the project.

  • Additional Information.

    The uVoice students conducted a Needs Assessment Survey that included 588 high school students from the metro area. Some of the prominent results from the survey included:.

    -62% of respondents have tried alcohol.

    -33% of respondents have tried marijuana.

    -14% of respondents have tried unauthorized prescription drugs.

    -5% of respondents have tried illicit drugs.

    -Of those who have tried alcohol, 35% of respondents started drinking between the ages of 13-14, and 34% of respondents started drinking between the ages of 15-16.

    -Of those who have tried marijuana, 47% of respondents started using marijuana between the ages of 13-14, and 31% of respondents started using marijuana between the ages of 15-16.

    -60% of respondents said they do not feel comfortable accessing substance use and abuse resources for themselves or for a friend. And those who did feel comfortable could not articulate how they would access resources.

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to incorporate one or more of the following strategies:.

    -Support a program that focuses on harm reduction related to substance use for students ages 13-16.

    -Create or support an outreach program that builds relationships with students who struggle with substance use to promote communication about their struggles.

    -Educate parents and teachers about the warning signs of youth affected by substance use and how to create a plan on how to best respond.

    -Provide a safe space for youth during or outside school where youth feel secure, supported, understood, and heard with a peer to peer opportunity.

    -Promote self-care and safe and healthy coping mechanisms to provide alternative options for dealing with stress.

    -Educate youth on how to help friends that struggle with substance use, including getting help, noticing the signs, and knowing how to correctly respond.
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