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Wichita's Youth Empowerment Implementation Project

Grantee Information

Wichita State University
1845 Fairmont, Campus Box 34
Wichita, KS 67260
(316) 978-3695 (Phone)
(316) 978-3086 (Fax)

Wichita State University is a research-intensive university with 10 doctoral programs, all of which have the mission of conducting research.

Grant Project Information

Wichita's Youth Empowerment Implementation Project
Rhonda Lewis-Moss
(316) 978-3695


The Wichita Youth Empowerment Implementation Project (WYEIP) will implement a multidisciplinary project to support 50 African-American middle-school-aged children attending Gordon Parks Academy that are at risk for disproportionate health outcomes, contact with the juvenile justice system and academic failure. The goals of the project are to promote academic and cultural enrichment, increase life skills, enhance career development, reduce risky behaviors and promote physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle among the target population. The WYEIP will build community capacity by bringing together local resources and community leaders to implement evidence-based programs and practices within one of Wichita's most disadvantages communities. The population experiences large disparities in economic, health and educational outcomes. The children residing in this community face multiple risk factors and have very few protective factors. The project includes a parental component that will enhance parental involvement, communication skills and family management skills. Specifically, children residing in the area experience disproportionate contact with the juvenile intake and assessment center and have below-average experiences in the major areas of physical education, physical activities, nutrition and tobacco use. In general, the children face multiple risk factors associated with substance abuse, lack of commitment to school, family management programs and contact with the justice system, anti-social personality, cognition and associates. They also lack the protective factors in the community, school and peer/individual areas. Strategies, practices and interventions, include a gang prevention program, a school-based prevention and intervention services and a comprehensive afterschool program that will include dinner, tutoring and homework assistance, and participation in sports, fine arts and education. Expected outcomes include reducing truancy, reducing substance abuse and promoting exposure to diverse career opportunities. Performance measures include reducing the proportion of youth who have unexcused absences, increasing the age and proportion of youth who remain alcohol and drug free and increased exposure to varied career opportunities. The evaluation plan will include process and outcome measures to monitor progress toward achieving project goals and outcomes. Data sources include sign-in sheets, surveys, school records and pre- and post-tests.

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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