Healthy Girls Initiative Grant

The Healthy Girls Initiative is United Way's focused approach to improving the health young people of all genders and their families in our community by preventing teen pregnancy, sexual violence, and victimization.

Overview & Criteria

  • Agencies may apply to implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, teen sexual violence prevention programs, or both.
  • Agencies may apply for up to $50,000 one-time per year.
  • Agencies must provide a 25% cash or in-kind match to be considered for funding.
  • Funding will not be granted for abstinence-only curriculums.
  • Programs committing to deliver evidence based teen pregnancy prevention programs must implement one of United Way’s preferred curricula: Making Proud Choices!, Reducing the Risk, Wise Guys or ¡Cuidate!
  • Special consideration will be made to sexual violence programs implementing the Safe Dates curricula.
  • Teen sexual violence prevention programs MUST include at least one session on contraception.
  • Agency agrees to complete mandated reporter training and have in place a separate policy regarding the protection of children and youth if the organization serves youth in any capacity.
  • All agencies invited to complete a full RFP will be required to upload a program logic model.
  • Agencies delivering Making Proud Choices! in Milwaukee Public Schools during the school day will be limited to serving middle school youth, unless otherwise approved to serve high school youth by MPS Wellness & Prevention Office.
  • Agencies invited to complete a full RFP that are not currently United Way Agency Program Partners will be required to submit:
    • Agency 990 (most recently completed)
    • 501 (c) 3 Letter
    • Most recent Audit Report
    • Management Letter for Audit Report
    • Most recently completed fiscal year-ending internal financial reports (Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities)
    • Most recent current year financial report (Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities)
    • Current list of Agency Board of Directors
  • Additional funding considerations will be made to programs that include the following:
    • Innovative approaches in to reaching older youth ages 18-19 with comprehensive sexual health education. This is in addition to reaching middle school and/or high school aged youth.

Support from United Way:

  • United Way will provide curriculum facilitation training with an emphasis on Making Proud Choices! to all funded programs.
  • United Way will provide mandated reporter training to all funded programs.
  • United Way will provide training to funded agencies on the outcomes measurement tool (post-test.)

Fidelity

All Healthy Girls-funded programs must implement curricula with fidelity.

Fidelity of implementation is the delivery of instruction in the way in which it was designed to be delivered. Fidelity must also address the integrity with which screening and progress-monitoring procedures are completed and an explicit decision-making model is followed. Modifications to the content or delivery methods of any curriculum must be requested in writing and require approval from United Way.

Outcomes Measurement:

  • All Healthy Girls programs will be collecting data that measure common outcomes and indicators, using a post-test developed through a partnership between United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH).
  • Programs will be asked to choose two outcomes from the following list to report to United Wayin their Year-End Report. No more than one outcome per focus area permitted.
    • Increased Knowledge
      Outcome: Participants understand the causes of pregnancy and STDs, as well as the methods of prevention.
    • Change in Attitude
      Outcome: Participants have goals for the future.
      Outcome: Participants have a positive perception of self.
      Outcome: Participants have an increased understanding and awareness of sexual victimization.
      Outcome: Participants have an increased sense of responsibility for their actions.
    • Change in Intention
      Outcome: Participants will have an increased desire to implement pregnancy prevention, safe-sex behavior in future interactions.
    • Improved Skills
      Outcome: Participants will demonstrate a positive change in self-reported ability to use condoms correctly.
      Outcome: Participants will demonstrate an increase in communication about sexual health with partners or a trusted adult.

Demographics: All Healthy Girls programs are required to report demographic information for all of the youth completing programming (including those that did not take the post-test.)

  • Age Groups: 0 thru 3, 4 thru 5, 6 thru 11, 12 thru 17, 18 thru 24, 25 thru 34, 35 thru 44, 45 thru 54, 55 thru 64, 65 thru 74, 75 thru 84, 85 thru 94, 95 and over
  • Gender: Male, Female, Transgender,  Other
  • Household Income: $0 to $9,999, $10,000 to 14,999, $15,000 to $24,999, $25,000 to 36,999,  $37,000 to $49,999, $50,000 to $74,999, $75,000 or more, Free and reduced lunch (if income data is not available)
  • Ethnic/Racial Background: African American/Black, Asian, Caucasian/White, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern, Multi-racial, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Other
  • U.S. Veteran Status (Are you or have you ever been a member of the Armed Forces?
  • Zip Codes of Residence
  • Primary Language: What is the primary Language spoken in the home? English, Hmong, Spanish, Other

Apply

Letters of Intent are no longer being accepted for 2016-2017.

If you submitted a Letter of Intent, please see below for full timeline.


2016-17 Timeline

All trainings and roundtables will take place at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County (225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee) unless otherwise specified.

  • March 15, 2016 - Online Letter of Intent application is open for submission
  • March 24, 2016 by noon - Letter of Intent due
  • March 25, 2016 - Agencies notified whether they have qualified to complete a full Request for Proposal (RFP) and receive instructions on how to complete and submit RFP via email.
  • April 4, 2016 - Healthy Girls RFP training (2 - 4 p.m.). RFP becomes available in e-CImpact.
  • April 26, 2016 - RFP and all attachments due
  • July 1, 2016 - Project funding year starts and agency Executive Directors are notified of award status

Questions

Please contact Julie Rothwell at 414.263.8127 or via email.

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