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REACH Higher

Grantee Information

University Auxiliary and Research Services Corporation
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley,
San Marcos, CA 92096
(760) 750-4701 (Phone)
(760) 750-4710 (Fax)

The National Latino Research Center at the California State University, San Marcos, is an experienced advocate for the Latino community and an expert on the educational and social status of the target population.

Grant Project Information

REACH Higher
$300,000
Arcela Nunez Alvarez
(760) 750-3500
anunez@csusm.edu

Abstract

The REACH Higher project will target high-risk, multicultural (primarily Latino), high-school-aged youth and their families in the city of Vista, Calif. The Vista Townsite neighborhood is characterized by poverty, gang and substance abuse problems. Specifically, the community experiences low socioeconomic status, lack of access to accurate, culturally competent, linguistically appropriate health education and lack of access to basic health and social services. The project will provide intensive and comprehensive educational and prevention services designed to reduce risky behaviors, specifically violence, substance abuse and early sexual activity, improve protective factors and significantly increase school success and future orientation. Specifically the project will provide an afterschool youth development program, train at-risk youth to become actively engaged in civic practices, develop and maintain college tutors and peers to provide academic assistance and mentoring, conduct cultural enrichment field trips, etc. Expected outcomes include an increased number of minority youth with improved GPAs, increased number of minority youth linked to health and social services and increased number of minority youth who understand the available career options and paths. Performance measures include increased knowledge of strategies used to prevent violence, increased knowledge of issues related to sexual activity and increased knowledge on mental health issues. The evaluation plan focuses on documenting progress on OMH-required program areas through the completion of objectives related to each. It will include a mixed method design (i.e., qualitative and quantitative). This includes gathering demographic data, evaluation of academic progress, changes in risk and resiliency, knowledge competency relative to prevention information, progress on self-identified career goals, parental involvement and communication and other items.

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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