The FY 2014 National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Expansion Project solicitation has been released

May 29, 2014

The FY 2014 National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Expansion Project solicitation has been released.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is seeking applications for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Expansion Project. This initiative furthers DOJ’s mission by combating youth violence through a comprehensive approach to prevention, intervention, suppression, and reentry.

Lead applicants may partner with a collaborative body that includes representation from city/county leadership, law enforcement, public health, courts, workforce development, housing and urban development, educators, and faith and community members. Partners should collectively have expertise in prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry.

The application deadline is June 23rd. For information about the Expansion Project please go to: http://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2014/Forum.pdf

Grants.gov number assigned to this announcement: OJJDP-2014-3900

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Are your students prepared for the real world once they graduate?

May 27, 2014

Register for today’s webinar to learn more:

Preparing Students for Success after Graduation with Botvin LST Transitions

Webinar: Are you looking for a program that can teach students skills for success as they transition from high school to the workplace or college? Join us to learn how the Botvin LifeSkills Training Transitions program can help your students as they move from older adolescence into young adulthood. This program is a dynamic, skill-building prevention program specifically designed to bolster their thriving in new environments.

Transitions-for-wwwIn this informative presentation, participants will explore critical skill development for older adolescents. Learn about: the essential skills taught in the LST Transitions program, fidelity and implementation options, and how this program can prepare students for the future.

Duration: 30 minutes

Presenter: Craig Zettle has presented at national and international conferences over the last 15 years. He has been active in prevention education with the Botvin LifeSkills Training program for the last 10 years and regularly consults with schools, districts, federal and state agencies, as well as community-based organizations on the implementation and support of the LifeSkills Training program.

Register: Tuesday, May 27th 4pm ET: http://tinyurl.com/q4fvezm


Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day

May 26, 2014

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Students in Italy Learn Valuable Life Skills from America’s Top Prevention Program

May 16, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Countries around the world continue to grapple with the problem of teenage drug abuse. In their search for effective prevention programs, more and more countries are turning to programs proven to work in America. Such is the case in Italy, where health professionals and educators have turned to the Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program, extensively tested and widely regarded as America’s top prevention program for children and adolescents.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Kenneth Griffin, Dr. Christopher Williams, Dr. Veronica Velasco, Dr. Gilbert J. BotvinIn the Mediterranean culture, young people start drinking at a much earlier age than in other regions. A recent survey showed that drinking and drug use in Italy increases between ages 13 and 15 years old. To combat that, researchers in Italy have adapted, translated and implemented the LST program first in Milan and more recently in schools throughout the Lombardy region of Italy. Through the LST program, students not only learn how to resist pressures to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and use illicit drugs. They also learn important life skills such as problem-solving, how to manage stress and anxiety, and how to communicate clearly. The combination of drug resistance skills and life skills has proven to be a powerful formula for preventing drug use. Studies in the US show that LST can cut rates of drug use in half, and in some cases by as much as 80% compared to teens not receiving LST.   

The Regional Observatory on Drug Addiction (OReD) of Lombardy, Italy, is spearheading this project. Ultimately, they hope to see that all students in the country receive the LST program. The OReD of Lombardy, under the auspices of Eupolis Lombardia and in association with the Regional Network on Addiction Prevention, supports different prevention programs throughout the schools in its region.

Dr. Veronica Velasco, a psychologist and researcher at ORed, is the manager of the LST project in Lombardy under the direction of Mr. Corrado Celata. She recently met with LST developer, Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, and reported on the adaptation of the program and its dissemination in Italy.  

We chose LST because it was clearly the highest quality program available,” said Dr. Velasco.  “It was also very important to us that LST is evidence-based, and fits all 16 NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) principles of prevention.”

“We are thrilled that more than 1,600 teachers and 20,000 students are participating in one of the first region-wide health projects ever delivered in Italy,” said Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, program developer and professor emeritus at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College. “Dr. Velasco is leading a highly dedicated team of health professionals and educators in the implementation of LST in Italy, and we are delighted to hear of its success there.”

The project started in Milan, the capital of the Lombardy region, and then expanded to the rest of Lombardy. Lombardy is a very densely populated area (10 million people) with 15 health communities and 150 schools. Dr. Velasco and Dr. Botvin will present the details of this project at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research on May 30, 2014 in Washington DC.

via LifeSkills Training: Press Releases.


Funding Opportunity- Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches

May 14, 2014

Minority Youth Violence Prevention (MYVP) will support program interventions developed through adaptations, refinements, and modifications of promising violence prevention and crime reduction models that are tailored to at-risk minority male youth (10-18 years old) and integrate a problem solving approach. These approaches should simultaneously address public health and public safety concerns and be tailored to at-risk minority male youth. Applicants should demonstrate a partnership among disciplines, and include public health, law enforcement, and other criminal justice/public safety stakeholders, and organizations that specifically provide minority youth violence prevention services (e.g. community policing programs, juvenile services and the courts. Applicants must identify an established or promising violence prevention/crime reduction model and integrate the CDC public health or the SARA model to address the specific problem(s)identified among at-risk minority male youth in the target community.

Funder: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Eligibility:  • State and local governments or their Bona Fide Agents • Local public health agencies (county and municipal) • State, local and tribal law enforcement agencies • Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institution of higher education) • Nonprofit without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institution of higher education) • For-profit organizations (other than small business) For profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee. • Small, minority, and women-owned business • Universities • Colleges • Research institutions • Hospitals • Community-based organizations • Faith-based organizations • Federally recognized or state-recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governmengt • American Indian/Alaska Native tribally designated organizations • Alaska Native health organizations • Urban Indian health organizations • Tribal epidemiology centers.

Amount: $300,000 – $400,000.

Contact: Link.

Deadline: June 20, 2014


Funding Opportunity: Youth Empowerment Program II: (YEP II)

May 13, 2014

The YEP II focuses on the risk behaviors of at-risk minority male youth at critical stages in their lives, and improving long-term outcomes to increase the quality of their lives. Projects should address one or more of the following focus areas:1) minority male youth violence (including gang violence);2) teen pregnancy prevention education as it relates to males;3) career preparation training that is appropriate for at-risk minority male youth; and 4) mentoring support services (education and/or college preparation).

Funder: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Eligibility: •Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institution of higher education) •Nonprofit without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institution of higher education) •For-profit organizations (other than small business) •Small, minority, and women-owned business •Universities •Colleges •Research institutions • Hospitals • Community-based organizations •Faith-based organizations •Federally recognized or state-recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments • American Indian/Alaska Native tribally designated organizations •Alaska Native health organizations •Urban Indian health organizations •Tribal epidemiology centers •State and local governments or their Bona Fide Agents •Political subdivisions of states.

Amount: $250,000 – $500,000.

Contact: Link.

Deadline: June 13, 2014

 


US Department of Education, School Climate Transformation Grants

May 9, 2014

US Department of Education, School Climate Transformation Grant—Local Educational Grants, “Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 2014” Released

 

The School Climate Transformation Grant—Local Educational Agency Grants program provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing an evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.

 

Eligible Applicants:  LEAs, or consortia of LEAs.

 

Application Deadline Date:  June 23, 2014

 

Estimated Available Funds:  $23,625,000

 

More detailed information is available online at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/schoolclimatelea

 

US Department of Education, School Climate Transformation Grant—State Educational Agency Grants, “Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 2014” Released

 

The School Climate Transformation Grant—State Educational Agency Grants program provides competitive grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand statewide systems of support for, and technical assistance to, local educational agencies and schools implementing an evidence-based, multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.

 

Eligible Applicants:  SEAs

 

Application Deadline Date:  June 23, 2014

 

Estimated Available Funds:  $7,375,000

 

More detailed information is available online at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/schoolclimatesea


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