This grant supports Impact Strategies to explore options for structuring a national technical assistance initiative to help communities, primarily in the southern and southwestern regions, increase children's access to health-promoting youth programs. Staff of Impact Strategies will meet with funders and site visit communities and talk with experts in the areas of prevention, youth development and childhood obesity. The goal of the project is to identify several approaches to technical assistance that could galvanize key organizations and funders in the out-of-school or after-school movement to help communities substantially increase vulnerable children's access to health-oriented youth programs. Specifically, the youth programs around which this project will be anchored will be those that have been identified in numerous studies as attractive to all children and that include social, emotional, physical activity and nutritional health as a core part of their mission or activities (i.e., sports leagues, dance teams, Ys, Boys and Girls Clubs, civic clubs). If successful, this exploratory work will result in an options paper that clarifies how national technical assistance, focused on the out-of-school hours, can be used to help meet health objectives of both the Foundation's Vulnerable Populations and Childhood Obesity teams.
Amount Awarded $250,000.00
Awarded on: 5/1/2006
Time frame: 5/15/2006 - 11/14/2006
Grant Number: 57185