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Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is pleased to announce that we will soon release the Request for Proposals for the Stay Strong MKE Alcohol and Substance Use Prevention grant for 2018.
Stay Strong MKE projects prevent alcohol and other drug use and misuse among youth by embodying the principles of Positive Youth Development and using a trauma-informed approach to programming implementation.
Milwaukee Prevention Journal subscribers will receive a separate email when the RFP is released.
PPI will allocate approximately $250,000 in 2018 based on this competitive RFP bidding process. We estimate that we will fund 10 projects.
"Alcohol and other substance use disorders devastate too many lives, too many families and too many neighborhoods,” said Elysse Chay, PPI Prevention Manager. “Stay Strong MKE projects equip young people with the knowledge and skills to resist peer pressure and develop healthier coping mechanisms to overcome life's challenges.”
The Stay Strong Milwaukee 2018 grant seeks to award:
Evidence-based Programs: At least five grants for projects using Botvin’s LifeSkills Training curriculum to be implemented at local middle or high schools, and may also be used at other schools and youth-serving organizations.
New this year is the required implementation of one additional unit on preventing prescription drug misuse and opioid use.
Alternatively, awarded projects may use Mendez Foundation’s Too Good for Drugs curriculum in some schools or in other youth-serving organizations.
Evidence-based Practices: Projects that use evidence-based practices will also be awarded. These practices are approaches to prevention that are validated by some form of documented scientific evidence, including findings established through controlled clinical studies and other methods.
The projects using evidence-based substance use prevention practices may work with youth ages 10-21 that are involved in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems.
Grantees will also be required to ensure that youth participate in a special activity to observe National Prevention Week (May 13 to 19, 2018), as well as regularly attend Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition meetings in 2018. A cash match representing 50% of the Stay Strong MKE proposal request is also required.
Along with the financial grant, awardees will receive training, evaluations, and advice from PPI’s Contract Monitor Jan Buchler.
Buchler said it’s been gratifying to help Stay Strong MKE grantees to implement their projects.
“What I like is that it has kids tackle issues that they may not have thought about in other classes,” she said. “They have to think through the consequences of their actions. Even if they have never encountered a certain risky behavior in their own lives, they will be prepared for it if it does come up.”
Buchler said one favorable aspect of the Stay Strong MKE grant is that the projects and curricula can be tailored to an organization’s distinct mission and community.
For example, she said Diverse and Resilient’s Stay Strong MKE-funded project, Thinking under the Influence, is an alcohol-reduction program that gives LGBT youth and young adults the knowledge and skills to reduce the risks associated with alcohol abuse and binge drinking, as well as substance abuse disparities evident with LGBT youth and young adults. United Community Center’s All Stars Program targets at-risk Hispanic youth from low-income families to reduce the demand for drugs and alcohol by building a youth’s development and leadership skills.
Similarly, the organizations using Botvin’s LifeSkills Training curriculum can adapt it to make it more relevant to the needs and concerns of the youth in their programs, she said.
Buchler said organizations seeking a Stay Strong MKE grant should carefully select which type of program they want to implement. For example, an agency that sees a young person on an ongoing basis can use the Botvin LifeSkills Training curriculum, since it’s taught over the course of eight to twelve weeks. But an organization that sees the young person once or only occasionally—for example, a drop-in center—will have more success with a one-session program that encompasses the curriculum in a creative way.
“We want to see real thought given to which populations will be served, and how organizations can enhance the program to increase its impact,” Buchler said. “Each organization brings a unique set of services and benefits to the work.”
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