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Youth Empowerment Program Grants
FY 2006 Grantees

This program is designed to address unhealthy behaviors in at-risk minority youth, and provide them opportunities to learn about more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make informed and healthier life choices. It is intended to test community-based interventions on reducing risky behaviors among targeted minority youth. These demonstration grants require a multi-partner approach involving institutions of higher education, primary and secondary schools, community organizations and institutions, and the community at-large.

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The Youth Empowerment Demonstration Grant Program is administered by the Office of Minority Health (OMH), located within the Office of Public Health and Science of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The OMH was created in December 1985 with a mission to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of policies and programs that address disparities and gaps. Consistent with its mission, the role of OMH is to serve as the focal point within HHS for leadership, policy development and coordination, service demonstrations, information exchange, coalition and partnership building, and related efforts to address the health needs of racial and ethnic minorities.

The purpose of the Youth Empowerment Demonstration Grant Program is to address unhealthy behaviors in at-risk minority youth, and provide them opportunities to learn more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. The OMH intends to demonstrate the effectiveness of community-based interventions on reducing risky behaviors among targeted minority youth. The interventions are implemented through multi-partner approaches involving institutions of higher education, primary and secondary schools, community organizations and institutions, and the community at-large. Among the cohort group of at-risk minority youth, expected project outcomes include reduction in high risk behaviors, strengthening of protective/resiliency factors, and development of skills and behaviors that lead to healthier lifestyle choices.

This fact sheet describes the 25 projects funded in fiscal year 2006, for the period September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2009. These projects, located in 17 states, offer activities unique to the needs of its target minority youth population. Each project is required to provide activities for participating youth after school, on weekends and during the summer that address academic enrichment, personal development and wellness, cultural enrichment, and career development. Each project provides participating youth with opportunities to use their time in positive ways such as community service, interacting with young adult role models, and embracing healthy choices and lifestyles.

For additional information, please contact the Division of Program Operations, Office of Minority Health.

Summary List of 2006 Youth Empowerment Program Grantees
StateGrantee
CALIFORNIA

California State University, Fresno Foundation
Fresno, CA
$249,997

San Diego State Univ. Research Foundation
San Diego, CA
$250,000

COLORADO The University of Denver
Denver, CO
$220,678
CONNECTICUT Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
$245,570
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Howard University
Washington, DC
$250,000
GEORGIA Albany State University
Albany, GA
$250,000
HAWAII

University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hilo, HI
$250,000

ILLINOIS Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL
$225,487
MISSISSIPPI

The University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
$249,430

Tougaloo College
Tougaloo, MS
$250,000

MONTANA Salish Kootenai College
Pablo, MT
$246,119
NEW YORK

D'Youville College
Buffalo, NY
$249,224

Iona College
New Rochelle, NY
$249,480

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
$245,000

NORTH CAROLINA The Univ. of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, NC
$245,663
OHIO Central State University
Wilberforce, OH
$250,000
OREGON University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
$249,828
PENNSYLVANIA

Cabrini College
Radnor, PA
$248,492

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
$248,804

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
$245,234

SOUTH CAROLINA Univ. of South Carolina Research Foundation
Columbia, SC
$248,862
TEXAS

Huston Tillotson University
Travis, TX
$68,180

The University of Texas of Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
Brownsville, TX
$240,687

WISCONSIN

College of Menominee Nation
Keshena, WI,
$250,000

Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
$244,056


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