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, is seeking to support Ohio’s most vulnerable student populations by funding evidence-based programming that encourages resilience development in a drug prevention education context. This initiative will give communities and schools the tools to develop student’s resiliency so they have the courage to push back against peer pressure.
Selected programming will be funded using federal TANF dollars and must comply with TANF funding regulations and restrictions. Eligible programming locations are limited to Ohio schools where 40 percent or greater of the student population is eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. Programming should be school-based and focus on students in grades 5-9. Applicants can be either 501(c)3 organizations or school districts. All 501(c)3 organizations must provide within their applications proof of partnership and collaboration with designated school district(s).
Programming should encourage the development of resilience-based skills and other competencies that support healthy social and emotional development as defined in 40 Developmental Assets® for Adolescents as developed by the Search Institute®. Prevention interventions selected must be evidenced-based, and a summary of the evidence must be provided. A plan for sustainability of community substance abuse prevention must also be included.
The Request for Application period ended on February 14, 2014, and the selected programs were notified in April. Read about the selected programs below.