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Swarthmore College, through the BCC and Lang Institute for Civic and Social Responsibility, has a lengthy history of working collaboratively in the minority community of Chester, Penn., and with students.Grant Project Information
Blueprints (Phase II)
The purpose of the Blueprints (Phase II) project is to serve at-risk adolescents in Chester, Penn., to address four of the six YEP Health & Safety Issues: violence, substance abuse, reproductive health and chronic disease. Chester is a predominately African-American city of 34,000 just south of Philadelphia. The target population will be drawn from the Chester Upland School District. Blueprints (Phase II) will follow a cohort of 30 or more high-risk youth from grade 10 through graduation. Youth targeted by the program are exposed to community risk factors, including the availability of drugs, community norms favorable to drugs and crime, transitions and mobility, low neighborhood attachment, community disorganization and extreme economic deprivation. Strategies, practices and interventions,will include academic tutoring, mentoring, Afrocentric workshops and projects and peer education. Expected outcomes include academic enrichment, improved life skills, personal development and wellness, cultural enrichment, career development and decreased risk taking behavior. Performance measures include number of Healthy People objectives for priority racial/ethnic minority health and systems issues are being addressed by the OMH grantee, number of unduplicated individuals participating in OMH-funded grant program activities each year, and number of partnerships facilitated and/or established to enhance coordination and collaboration on racial/ethnic/minority health/health disparities problems. Evaluation methods include pre-post tests, quantitative analysis of percent change in several variables, and baseline comparisons.
OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:
- Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems