Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich today announced 22 grants totaling $1.5 million to help strengthen school-based alcohol and other drug prevention and resiliency programming for at-risk youth in 19 Ohio counties. The Building Youth Resiliency grants are an important part of Start Talking!, Ohio’s new youth drug prevention initiative.
Resilience refers to an individual's ability to adapt to adversity and stress, and respond to difficult situations and experiences in a healthy manner. It is a protective factor that supports youth in overcoming peer pressure, relationship stresses and other hurdles that oftentimes lead to a path of drug abuse. Both national and Ohio research suggests that prevention interventions can have a positive impact on behavioral health outcomes such as substance abuse, as well as academic outcomes such as school attendance, school discipline and grades.
Grantees were selected on a competitive basis from a pool of 38 proposals. To be eligible, applicants were required to partner with schools where 40 percent or greater of the student population qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Awardees are required to implement programs by Sept. 2014. For a complete list of awardees and more information about Building Youth Resiliency and Ohio’s Start Talking! drug prevention initiative, visit www.StartTalking.ohio.gov.