<strong> Informational Webinar</strong><br>

Informational Webinar

View the recorded webinar  where Joneen unpacks the FOA and answers questions regarding upcoming funding opportunities.  

According to the Office of Population Affairs

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to have a significant impact on improving the optimal health of adolescents and reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through saturation of communities with the greatest needs and disparities using a systems thinking approach* to replicate effective programs with fidelity.

The goal of this FOA will be realized through: 

  • Ensuring areas of greatest need are targeted in an effort to promote equity in reaching optimal health and preventing teen pregnancy and STIs 
  • Utilizing a systems thinking approach to identify multiple leverage points to maximize impact on promoting optimal health and preventing teen pregnancy and STIs 
  • Replicating with fidelity effective programs and supportive services that are culturally appropriate, age appropriate, medically accurate, and trauma informed. 
  • Applying the power of youth and community voice to ensure the project is of the highest quality and best fit for the community(ies) and population(s) to be served. 
  • Monitoring, evaluating, and improving the project; and using key performance measures to document the project. 
  • Communicating and disseminating information, successes, lessons learned, and knowledge. 

*Systems Thinking Approach: Programs and services should not solely focus on risk factors but also on protective factors by integrating, to the best extent possible, the TAG (The Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow Model)  five essentials for adolescent health: (1) Positive connections with supportive people; (2) Safe and secure places to live, learn, work and play; (3) Access to high quality and teen friendly health care; (4) Opportunities to engage as learners, leaders, team members, and workers; and (5) Coordinated adolescent and family centered services. 

Why Write REAL Essentials into your Grant?

REAL essentials is proven to help achieve the intended outcomes outlined in many grants and prepares your team to implement engaging and meaningful lessons that leave a lasting impact on the students served. This curriculum utilizes a positive youth development approach and outlines protective factors necessary for adolescents to avoid high-risk behaviors that may jeopardize their future goals and their health. Lessons are activity based, trauma informed, and inclusive to all students.