U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Youth Empowerment Program II (YEP II)
The purpose of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP II) is to support an evidence-based program to address unhealthy behaviors in at-risk minority male youth and provide them opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices.
The YEP II intends to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of strategic partnerships in improving the health status of at-risk minority male youth by addressing youth violence and the resolution of conflicts in a nonviolent manner, low educational attainment, school suspensions and dropout, refusal skills with respect to reduction in substance abuse, counseling and behavioral health, cultural beliefs associated with sexual risk behavior among males, and enhancing the community’s capacity to facilitate and sustain mentoring support services for at-risk minority male youth. The YEP II seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority males (10-18 years old) at-risk of violence by providing them opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices.
Projects should address one or more of the following focus areas:
- minority male youth violence (including gang violence);
- teen pregnancy prevention education as it relates to males;
- career preparation training that is appropriate for at-risk minority male youth; and
- mentoring support services (education and/or college preparation).
The projects supported through the YEP II must use a coordinated intervention strategy that is appropriate for at-risk minority males located in areas with high rates of any of the following: gun violence; homicides; teen pregnancy; low educational attainment, suspensions, truancy, high dropout rates; or delinquency. Applicants must provide educational and other services that are appropriate for at-risk minority males, and must serve a minimum of 50 at-risk youths each grant year. Applicants must maintain the same cohort of 50 youths at- risk for violence (e.g., fighting, school suspensions, expulsions, episodic violent incidents, weapons possession, detainment, and arrests) and risky sexual behaviors (e.g., such as unprotected sexual activity, exposure to sexually transmitted infections, multiple sexual partners, and responsible for teen pregnancies).
Amount: Up to $4,000,000 is available for 8-16 grants ranging from $250,000-$300,000 each.
Eligibility: Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institution of higher education); Nonprofit without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institution of higher education); For-profit organizations (other than small business) For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee; Small, minority, and women-owned business; Universities; Colleges; Research institutions; Hospitals; Community-based organizations; Faith-based organizations; Federally recognized or state-recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments; American Indian/Alaska Native tribally designated organizations; Alaska Native health organizations; Urban Indian health organizations; State and local governments.
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