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 firstname.lastname@example.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.Organization Name*Legal Name/Fiscal AgentIRS EIN Number*Tax Status (e.g. 501(c)3)*Name of Individual Responsible for Application* First Last Secondary Contact Person* First Last Address of Organization* Street Address Address Line 2 City State / Province / Region ZIP / Postal Code Contact Email* Secondary Contact Email* Contact Phone Number*Organization Website* Organization Facebook Page Organization Twitter Page Organization Instagram Page 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.Questions:1. How does your proposed project address the purpose of the RFP? (1000 characters max.)* 2. How many youth does this project intend to impact through this grant? (e.g. Directly, Indirectly, and Through Outreach) How will success be evaluated? (1000 characters max.)* 3. What is the project design? How will it make a lasting impact on the youth of Polk County and surrounding areas? How is your project unique and innovative? (1000 characters max.)* 4. How have youth been involved in the planning or implementation of past or current projects? (600 characters max.)* 5. What is the timeline for this project? How will the project be sustained beyond uVoice's involvement? (600 characters max.)* 6. Is your organization willing to have uVoice students volunteer? If not, how else could uVoice be involved in this project? (1000 characters max.)* 7. Please describe budget and budget justification for this project. (Please send this, along with your organization's annual operating budget, separately to Alicia at email@example.com.) (1000 characters max.)* 8. How will students hear about your project? (1000 characters max.)* 9. Is your organization willing to speak with/present to uVoice members before organizations are selected for funding? (This does not affect receiving grant funds.)* Yes No 10. Will someone from your organization be available on the evening of April 21st for a Community Award Presentation Ceremony? Yes No 11. Is there any other information your organization would like us to know?