The Youth Empowerment Demonstration Grant Program is administered by the Office of Minority Health (OMH), located within the Office of Public Health and Science of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The OMH was created in December 1985 with a mission to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of policies and programs that address disparities and gaps. Consistent with its mission, the role of OMH is to serve as the focal point within HHS for leadership, policy development and coordination, service demonstrations, information exchange, coalition and partnership building, and related efforts to address the health needs of racial and ethnic minorities.
The purpose of the Youth Empowerment Demonstration Grant Program is to address unhealthy behaviors in at-risk minority youth, and provide them opportunities to learn more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. The OMH intends to demonstrate the effectiveness of community-based interventions on reducing risky behaviors among targeted minority youth. The interventions are implemented through multi-partner approaches involving institutions of higher education, primary and secondary schools, community organizations and institutions, and the community at-large. Among the cohort group of at-risk minority youth, expected project outcomes include reduction in high risk behaviors, strengthening of protective/resiliency factors, and development of skills and behaviors that lead to healthier lifestyle choices.
This fact sheet describes the 25 projects funded in fiscal year 2006, for the period September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2009. These projects, located in 17 states, offer activities unique to the needs of its target minority youth population. Each project is required to provide activities for participating youth after school, on weekends and during the summer that address academic enrichment, personal development and wellness, cultural enrichment, and career development. Each project provides participating youth with opportunities to use their time in positive ways such as community service, interacting with young adult role models, and embracing healthy choices and lifestyles.
For additional information, please contact the Division of Program Operations, Office of Minority Health.
California State University, Fresno Foundation
San Diego State Univ. Research Foundation
|COLORADO||The University of Denver
|DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA||Howard University
|GEORGIA||Albany State University
University of Hawaii at Hilo
|ILLINOIS||Southern Illinois University
The University of Southern Mississippi
|MONTANA||Salish Kootenai College
|NORTH CAROLINA||The Univ. of North Carolina at Pembroke
|OHIO||Central State University
|OREGON||University of Oregon
Carnegie Mellon University
|SOUTH CAROLINA||Univ. of South Carolina Research Foundation
Huston Tillotson University
The University of Texas of Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
College of Menominee Nation
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