To support Ohio’s most vulnerable student populations, the Office of Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and the Departments of Aging, Job and Family Services, and Mental Health and Addiction Services, funded evidence-based programming that encourages resilience development in a drug prevention education context. This initiative gave competitively selected communities and schools the tools to develop resiliency among their students so they have the courage to push back against peer pressure.
Selected programming was funded using federal TANF dollars in compliance with TANF funding regulations and restrictions. Eligible programming locations were limited to Ohio schools where 40 percent or greater of the student population was eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. The school-based programming focused on students in grades 5-9. Applicants were either 501(c)3 organizations or school districts.
Programming supported healthy social and emotional development as defined in 40 Developmental Assets® for Adolescents as developed by the Search Institute®. The selected communities also had to submit a plan for sustainability of community substance abuse prevention.
The Request for Application period ended on February 14, 2014, the selected programs were notified in April of that year and they had to be ready to implement by September. Read about the selected programs below.