uVoice 2020 Grant Application: Due April 17

uVoice 2020 Grant Application

  • Grant Information.

    Purpose of Request for Proposal (RFP): To promote systemic change that aids and supports youth who have been affected by substance abuse as well as to educate the public about warning signs, prevention, and treatment options for vaping and other substance use.

    Application Due Date has been Extended to 11:59pm Friday, April 17, 2020.

    uVoice students believe that reducing rates of youth vaping are just as important now as they have ever been during our current COVID-19 pandemic because vaping can compromise the respiratory system, making people more vulnerable to lung infections.

    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 11-18 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 17. 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 Youth-Only Roundtable Needs Assessment Event and invited youth in middle school, high school, and college to share their knowledge and experience with vaping and other substance use. Some of the most meaningful things they learned as a result of the Roundtable Event included:

    -School consequences for drug use and vaping are practically non-existent, but so is support and access to help.

    -It is very easy for students in Iowa to get access to drugs and vapes.

    -School education on substance use and vaping is really lacking, what is provided does not seem to have an effect on the student body. Similarly, the government and the community doesn't provide accessible resources for teens struggling with addiction.

    -Students are exposed to substance abuse as young as 6th grade, and one of the primary ways they are exposed to substance use is through social media.

    -People who have siblings that do drugs are more likely to get addicted because of the easy access to substances.

    -When someone is addicted to drugs, their friends and loved ones are often more affected than the person experiencing addiction.

    -The majority of students in attendance did not think raising the age to purchase tobacco products to 21 would impact rates of youth vaping.

    -Drug references are constantly used in youth slang: "that's dope," "that's lit," "crackhead energy."

    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, preferably vaping, for students in middle and high school ages 11-18.

    -Create or promote a social media campaign targeted to youth to combat the predominately positive messages that students are seeing about vaping and other substance use.

    -Provide a safe space for youth who are currently experiencing addiction during or outside of school where youth feel secure, supported, understand, and heard.

    -Provide substance use education and/or update school curriculum to ensure vaping is a part of substance use education.

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

    -Educate parents, teachers, and youth-serving adults about substance use, particularly vaping, and how to create a plan on how best to respond.
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