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uVoice 2018 Grant Application: Due April 2, 2018

uVoice 2018 Grant Application

  • Grant Information.

    Purpose of Request for Proposal (RFP): Promoting systemic change for the quality of education and care available to students when it comes to mental and sexual health issues, increasing the accessibility to resources, and encouraging youth advocacy on these topics..

    Application Due: by 5:00pm Monday, April 2, 2018

    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 Friday, April 20. 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 351 high school students from the metro area. Some of the prominent results from the survey included:.

    -83% (275) of respondents indicated that school has caused them significant stress in the past six month. 56% (182) indicated that “thinking about the future” caused significant stress in the past 6 months, 41% (133) indicated relationships/friendships, 38 %(125) indicated sleeping patters, and 36.5% (119) indicated home life as significant stressors in their life.

    -33% of respondents (110) said that they do not feel comfortable discussing mental health related issues with a parent or guardian. When asked why they do not feel comfortable, students indicated that, “they wouldn’t understand,” " it's not discussed in my household," “the world is a lot different now than it was when they were my age,” and a variety of other responses.

    -24% (72) of respondents indicated they are currently sexually active, 16% (48) indicated that they have been sexually active in the past, but are not currently sexually active, and 59.5% (176) indicated they have never been sexually active.

    -When asked, “How effectively has your school taught sexual health education?” 62% (183) indicated their sexual health education was ineffective, very ineffective, or that they have not received sexual health education.

    -When asked “What topics do you wish were included in your mental health and sexual health education?” many students responded: • Issues related to LGBTQ individuals • Depression, anxiety, coping mechanism • Birth Control and Safe Sex • Consent

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

    -Support a program that focuses on education about mental health and/or sexual health for middle and high school students.

    -Educate parents and teachers about how to talk to students about mental health and/or sexual health related resources.

    -Provide resources 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.

    -Support a program that focuses on student-led advocacy for issues of mental health or sexual health.
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