Technical assistance and direction for RWJF's Start Strong program

The Foundation's program, Building Healthy Teen Relationships, was designed to fund a national effort to develop and implement effective strategies to prevent relationship violence among youth.This grant supports the National Program Office (NPO) of Building Health Teen Relationships in providing technical assistance to allow participating sites to implement and sustain promising strategies and will encourage a national discussion about the policy and social changes needed to support safe and healthy relationships among youth.The NPO will lead a competitive process to select eight community sites. Over the course of the preparatory year (Year 1), existing model curricula, promising practices and policies will be reviewed to provide the basis for developing the initiative's school-based and after-school program curricula, mentors' curricula, and promising systems strategies integrating teen leadership building strategies throughout the curricula and tool kits. A community assessment will be developed to help sites define key leverage areas and partnerships it will need with schools and after-school programs, key decision makers and institutional partners and authorities, other community stakeholders and service providers to meet the goals of the initiative, which are: (1) to promote protective factors that mitigate the onset of sexual and physical violence among middle- and high-school age youth; (2) to create a normative climate that promotes healthy and safe teen relationships; and (3) to galvanize new practices and programs by giving voice to young people and motivating communities to reshape public opinion and policy to promote positive teen behaviors.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,115,028.00

Awarded on: 11/21/2007

Time frame: 12/1/2007 - 11/30/2008

Grant Number: 62993


Futures Without Violence

The Presidio
100 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, 94129-4331


Esta G. Soler
Project Director