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 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 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.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 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. Questions:1. Briefly summarize your proposed project (1500 characters max.)* 2. How does your organization and/or proposed project address the purpose of the RFP? (1500 characters max.)* 3. How many youth does this project intend to impact through this grant? (Directly, Indirectly, and Through Outreach) How will success be evaluated? (1500 characters max.)* 4. How will this project make a lasting impact on the youth of Polk County and surrounding areas? How is your project unique and innovative? (1500 characters max.)* 5. How have youth been involved in the planning or implementation of past or current projects? (1500 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. (Can send this separately to Alicia at email@example.com.) (1500 characters max.)* 8. Is your organization willing to host uVoice students for a site visit before organizations are selected for funding? (This does not affect receiving grant funds.)* Yes No 9. Is there any other information your organization would like us to know?