Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships

The Foundation's initiative, Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships, was designed to fund a national effort to develop and implement effective strategies to prevent relationship violence among youth.The target population for this Indiana-based project is the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township and it will reach approximately 4,000 youth ages 10-14. In-school education will implement curriculum in health and PE classrooms co-taught by a peer advocate and classroom teacher. The school district has also agreed to allow 8-10 class periods for healthy relationships education for each grade annually. Out of school, the project will be carried out by the YMCA, in after school clubs, and in summer camps operated by Christamore House and Hawthorne Community Center. Parents will be engaged through PTO meetings, information booths at Back-to-School Nights, and in parent-teacher meetings. In order to employ unique strategies to engage youth, the initiative will empower youth as digital influencers through the use of Web page backgrounds, videos, banners, interactive surveys, and other digitally connected widgets for placement on students' Myspace and Facebook pages.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,000,000.00

Awarded on: 11/6/2008

Time frame: 11/15/2008 - 11/14/2012

Grant Number: 65403


Indiana University Health, Inc.

I-65 at 21st Street
P.O. Box 1367
Indianapolis, 46206-1367


Diana L. Ruschhaupt
Project Director