Transformational Opportunities for Youth
The impact of teen pregnancy is felt greatly in Central Valley communities where rates remain the highest in California. In partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation CVCF has funded a network of organizations that are meeting the challenge by empowering youth and families through education and advocacy.
The Central Valley Community Foundation has helped transform teen pregnancy prevention work in the Central Valley through its leadership on the issue, deep community engagement, and capacity building of local organizations to conduct teen pregnancy prevention programs. Its respectful, collaborative approach has helped elevate the issue and put it on the radar of key policy and decision makers.
In 2017, Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) awarded approximately $490,000 in Program grants for Transformational Opportunities for Youth (formerly Teen Pregnancy Prevention) in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Merced, and Kings Counties.
Funded programs will provide reproductive health services, comprehensive sexuality education or youth development initiatives aimed at reducing teen pregnancy by working with young people and their families in such a way that allows them to develop leadership skills. Program grants will range between $50,000 and $100,000. The grant duration is two years.
Eligibility Criteria (all are required):
- Your organization has been invited to apply to CVCF
- The Program will provide reproductive health services, comprehensive sexuality education or youth development initiatives aimed at reducing teen pregnancy
- Program is medically accurate, comprehensive and free from bias
- Program is gender appropriate
- Program is culturally and linguistically competent for target population
- Program demonstrates coordination and collaboration with partners such as the local school board or school district through financial or in-kind support to the organization and/or program
- The program provides referrals to a family planning service provider (a letter of cooperation with a service provider should be included in your grant application packet)
- Program utilizes evidence-based or evidence-informed curriculum with supporting data demonstrating program impact
This is the rubric by which we will evaluate funding program. While each item is not weighted, the more items your proposal aligns with, the more competitive it will be.
1. Programs that have a strong focus on measurable outcomes
2. Programs that have a service provider referral system developed
3. Programs that have a youth development focus
4. Programs that involve parents or a significant adult
5. Partners with other organizations doing related work
6. Demonstrates organization’s long-standing and deep knowledge of the community
7. Provides data to demonstrate impact to youth and their families
8. Provides clarity on why this intervention was chosen for the targeted population
9. The organization includes a plan for how they evaluate (or plan to evaluate) the long-term impact of the program
Timeline for Invited Applicants
- OrgCard Deadline Friday, July 28, 2017
- Grant Request Application Deadline Friday, August 18, 2017
- Selection Site Visits Thursday, September 21, 2017
- TPP Application Selection Site Visits Day 1 Wednesday, October 04, 2017
- TPP Application Selection Site Visits Day 2 Thursday, October 05, 2017
- Notify Applicants of Award Status Friday, October 13, 2017
- Combined Yout and TPP Grants Reception Thursday, November 09, 2017 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
- Foundation at FCOE
- Teen Success
- Latino Commission- Nuevo Comienzo
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County
- Woodlake High School and Act for Women and Girls
- Fresno State and Fresno Barrios Unidos
Lindsay Healthy Start Family Resource Center
Foundation at FCOE
Madera Coalition for Community Justice
Latino Commission- Nuevo Comienzo
2015 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantees
ACT for Women and Girls – $100,000
ACTion, ACTivism and ImpACT on Teen Pregnancy in Tulare County
ACT for Women and Girls will mobilize teens to make an impact on teen pregnancy in Tulare County. This opportunity will support two of ACT’s existing programs, Peer Education and SHAPE. ACT will amplify teen pregnancy prevention campaign efforts to reach over 20,000 teens and adults in the county.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County – $100,000
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Expanding the Message of Safer Choices – Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County (B&GC) will provide comprehensive medically accurate sex education to the low-income youth of color. B&GC will expand the “Safer Choices” program to engage 992 youth and 530 parents in teen pregnancy prevention and workshops, aimed at reducing teen pregnancy.
Fresno Barrios Unidos – $100,000
Peer Health Ambassadors Program
Fresno Barrios Unidos (FBU) will 1) reduce teen pregnancy, 2) increase youths awareness of free and confidential health services, and 3) increase parents knowledge about reproductive sex and willingness to talk to their kids about. FBU will provide twenty youth with a “Peer Health Ambassadors Program”. The peers will gain the skills and knowledge to provide outreach and education to 3,040 of their peers. FBU will provide 350 parents with a four-session program on how to communicate with their kids about sex.
Madera Coalition for Community Justice – $25,000
Healthy Peers Program will provide comprehensive sex education to youth and parents through peer health educators, community workshops and integration with Madera Coalition for Community Justice’s Parents as Leaders Program and Madera Youth Leaders. The goal of this planning grant is to build our capacity so we will be prepared to implement comprehensive sex education programming through our experienced parent and youth peer health educators.
Apply for Funding
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It is my observation that the Central Valley Community Foundation has made possible an invaluable opportunity for diverse organizations to address teen pregnancy prevention throughout the Central Valley. These organizations have the passion and the capacity to work with young men and women enabling them to make informed choices. This results in not only a reduction in teen pregnancies but also the potential to break the cycle of poverty through completing their education and becoming self-sufficient. The community reaps the rewards!