Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence Initiative
Grant Amount: a total of approximately $2,557,645 annually.
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is issuing this RFA to announce the availability of approximately $2.55 million to implement the Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence (STYA) initiative. Funds will be awarded to up to fifteen community-based projects in the NYS communities, which bear the greatest burden of adolescent childbearing. NYSDOH will fund community-based projects that utilize a primary prevention approach of mentoring, counseling or adult-supervised activities designed for preteen youth, providing adult-led group sessions to encourage discussion of topics of concern to preteen youth, and providing parenting education to parents, guardians, and caregivers.
The purpose of the initiative is to develop, enhance or expand prevention programs aimed at delaying the onset of adolescent sexual activity and decreasing the incidence of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing. This initiative strives to implement strategies to build protective factors to promote the optimal transition of youth ages 9-12 living in high-risk communities, including youth in foster care, from middle childhood to adolescence fostering a transition to a healthy, productive, connected young adulthood. A key factor in promoting this transition is improving a preteen youth’s sense that he/she has achievable life prospects and a positive outlook for the future, factors that are contingent upon delaying sexual activity.
The specific goals of the STYA initiative and local STYA projects are to: (1) Decrease the initiation of sexual activity among preteen youth through the support of community-based projects that incorporate mentoring, counseling or adult-supervised activities provided by adults for preteen youth ages 9 to 12 who reside in high-risk communities in NYS; (2) Create and expand opportunities and provide support and alternatives to sexual activity for preteen youth in order to promote an optimal transition into healthy young adulthood; (3) Promote the development of positive long-term relationships between adults and youth; and (4) Provide education to the parents, guardians, and caregivers of preteen youth to enhance their parenting skills.
New York State Department of Health Office of Public Health
Community Based Organizations Religious Organizations Schools
Number of Awards Given
Award Amount Notes
It is anticipated that up to fifteen awards will be made through this initiative at an amount not to exceed $170,509 per award per year (a total of approximately $2,557,645 annually), for a five year period contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
Application Due Date
Dora Swan Bureau of Maternal &Child Health Corning Tower, Room 859 Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12237 Phone: (518) 473-6172 Fax: (518) 474-7054
Adolescents Community Programs Education and Prevention Pregnancy Program Development Sex Education Sexual Behavior or Behaviors
At Risk Youth
All completed applications are to include Sections 1 through 8 as outlined under the Section II. Completing the Application in the RFA. An Applicant Checklist has been provided to help applicants ensure that their applications are complete (see Attachment 17). Each application should include all the elements in the checklist, titled and labeled in the order presented in the RFA.
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