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uVoice 2019 Grant Application: Due April 8, 2019

uVoice 2019 Grant Application

  • Grant Information.

    Purpose of Request for Proposal (RFP): To promote systemic change that aids and supports victims of human trafficking as well as to educate the public about warning signs and prevention of human trafficking.

    Application Due: by 5:00pm Monday, April 8, 2019.

    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) and a portion of the grant funding is provided by Delta Dental of Iowa.

    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 12-18 years old

    Awards of volunteer support and/or financial grants of $500 to $5000 will be made following review of the applications by uVoice members. Any financial grants will be distributed by MIHF and Community Youth Concepts.

    uVoice grant recipients will be notified no later than Friday, April 26. We will make every effort to keep applicants updated on the status of their proposals and may request an interview to learn more about your program and organization.

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

  • Additional Information.

    uVoice students conducted a Needs Assessment Expert Panel and invited six experts from various fields to share their knowledge and experience with human trafficking. Some of the most meaningful things they learned as a result of the Expert Panel included:

    -The average age of victims of human trafficking is 14 years old.

    -Iowa is one of the biggest transit points for human trafficking in the United States. This is due to a variety of reasons including the crossing of major interstates as well as big events like the Iowa State Fair.

    -Human trafficking doesn't always start with kidnapping - often times human trafficking victims have a personal relationship with their trafficker.

    -Victims of human trafficking come from all different backgrounds, education levels, incomes, personality types, etc.

    -As children and youth are becoming increasingly tech savvy, so are traffickers. Middle and high school students need to be aware of how traffickers use social media and online gaming as grooming tools.

    -Human trafficking is extremely common and yet it is not something that is commonly talked about. With nearly 25 million people being trafficking in the United States, it is likely that we all know someone connected to human trafficking.

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

    -Help people who have been affected by human trafficking. This could include (but is not limited to) providing mental health resources, job skills/training, housing, education, etc.

    -Inform parents, teachers, and trusted adults about the warning signs of human trafficking.

    -Support a program that educates students ages 12-18 about human trafficking and how they can keep themselves safe.

    -Educate youth on how to help peers in suspected trafficking situations.

    uVoice would like to emphasize that they are looking to fund either an organization with a history of working with human trafficking, or organizations who are looking to start a new project/program related to human trafficking.
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