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Youth Empowered to Succeed (YES) II Project

Grantee Information

Marquette University
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 288-5759 (Phone)
(414) 288-5987 (Fax)

Marquette University is a private, Catholic institution in urban Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette now enrolls more than 11,000 students and offers bachelor's degrees in 11 schools and colleges, master's degrees in 37 fields and doctoral degrees in 17 disciplines. The YES II project will be housed within Marquette University's College of Health Sciences.

Grant Project Information

Youth Empowered to Succeed (YES) II Project
Lawrence Pan
(414) 288-5759 (Phone)


Between 1999 and 2000, the Hispanic population in Milwaukee increased by 23 percent. Youth under age 18 account for more than 40 percent of the Hispanic population. The Youth Empowered to Success (Y.E.S.) II Project will target an initial cohort student group consisting of 50 Hispanic youth in sixth and seventh grade who attend the Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (BGCS). Ninety-six percent of BGCS students are Hispanic, 75 percent are eligible for free/reduced lunch, and the majority of students are bilingual. Due to the students' socioeconomic background, they are at high risk of violent/delinquent behavior, joining gangs, and dropping out of school. Therefore, the project targets health and safety issues, specifically focusing on violence, risky behaviors, substance abuse/prevention and the prevention of chronic diseases including obesity and diabetes. The project will build upon the success and experience of the prior YEP project, using a comprehensive and individualized case management approach for intervention by partnering with community resources with a capacity to serve the Hispanic population. Each of the cohort will develop an Individual Development/Enrichment/Action (IDEA) Plan, receive culturally-appropriate family sessions on healthy nutrition, reducing sedentary activity, and behavioral change. Expected outcomes include increased supports and opportunities for youth, improving developmental outcomes and improving long-term outcomes in adulthood. Performance measures include improvement on the science section of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, increases in the number of times per week students exercise and increases in career self-efficacy for science. The tracking and development plan will be guided by a theoretical framework which integrates the Search Institute's Development Assets, and the Connell, Gambone and Smith Community Action Framework for Youth Development. The primary goals of the evaluation are to assess the extent to which various assessment tools result in the development of individual IDEA plans that include targeted services and activities for youth, assess the extent to which the IDEA Plan results in actual, measureable increases in supports and opportunities for youth, assess the extent to which increased supports and opportunities results in measureable improvements in developmental outcomes, which includes learning to navigate around the lures of risky behavior; and to assess fitness and wellness interventions and their impact on health risk measures, and behavioral changes to healthier lifestyles.

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

  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)

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