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Promising Youth Center for Excellence

Grantee Information

Kentucky State University
400 East Maine Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 597-5906 (Phone)
(502) 597-5181 (Fax)

Kentucky State University is a historically black university with more than 80 years of experience working with high-risk minority youth, parents, funding agencies, community service agencies, organizations, and associations that impact service delivery in Franklin County.

Grant Project Information

Promising Youth Center for Excellence
$300,000
Deneen Petty
(502) 597-5907(Phone)
deneen.petty@kysu.edu

Abstract

The purpose of Kentucky State University's Youth Empowerment Project is to provide its target population and their parents with community center-based intervention opportunities designed to help youth learn more positive lifestyles, reduce juvenile delinquency, enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices and assist them in becoming productive, responsible citizens and positive contributors to the community, while empowering community partners and supporters to view children/youth as resources rather than a problem. With middle and high school drop-out rates, the use of drugs and alcohol and teenage pregnancy rates at their highest in years, and juvenile delinquency reaching overwhelming proportions, Franklin County's young people, and especially African Americans and Hispanics, are becoming increasingly at risk of failing society and life. Reaching them at an early age is the key to preventing future problems. Therefore, the project will recruit, screen and serve 75 at-risk African-American and Hispanic male and female youth, ages 8 to 15, who are enrolled in Franklin County Schools grades three through ten. The project will offer this cohort a comprehensive program of support and education, which will include one-on-one and small group mentoring, academic enrichment, personal development and wellness, cultural enrichment and career development. Expected outcomes include increases in family connectedness, academic achievement in school, increase in skills and behaviors that lead to healthier lifestyle choices, acquisition of sustainable basic life skills needed to deal with the demands of everyday life and an increase in access to support systems. Performance measures include the percent of mentors maintaining involvement over the first year, percent of youth and families reporting increases in family connection, decreases in youth anti-social and juvenile delinquency behaviors and increases in academic skills during the first year. The incorporation of a structural independent evaluation ensures the quality services, tracking, and efficacy of program goals and objectives. The independent evaluator will utilize qualitative, quantitative, process and impact evaluation methods to determine the overall progress and success of the designed program strategies. Quantitative methods and process/impact methods will be used to gather data and focus on the extent to which planned activities promote desired outcomes. Documents, strategies, methods and activities as they relate to desired outcomes for the project will be reviewed and assessed. After data has been analyzed, the evaluation team will present results each quarter to the University, the Advisory Board and community partners for review and feedback.

OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:

  • Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems



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