The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network, a program of Prevention Action Alliance, with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, has released a request for proposals.
The Advancing the Engagement of Young People: Adult Training Academy and Technical Assistance Request for Proposals is for adult allies interested in establishing a local youth-led program or grounding an existing youth-led program in the Youth Empowerment Conceptual Framework and Strategic Prevention Framework. Up to $4,000 over two years is available through this RFP. Adult allies interested in developing or strengthening a youth-led program are encouraged to apply.
Eligible applicants include adult allies who have a strong desire to expand their knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to engaging in youth-led programming and empowering their youth to create change in their communities. Two adult allies per organization are required to participate in the training and technical assistance process.
Watch the Informational Webinar
July 30, 2019—RFP announced.
August 6, 2019—Training and Technical Assistance and Study Group Informational Webinar
August 9, 2019—Question period ends.
August 16, 2019—Submissions due.
September 27, 2019—Training Academy session held.
November 22, 2019—Training Academy session held.
January 24, 2020—Training Academy session held.
May 15, 2020—Training Academy session held.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of expenses can be included in the budget?
Any expenses related to participating in the youth-led prevention professional development opportunity can be included in the applicant’s budget. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Travel, including mileage reimbursement or car rentals,
- Per diems,
- Costs associated with substitute teacher coverage,
- Registration fees, and
- Other expenses as applicable
If you have specific questions about what an acceptable budget expense is, please contact Harim C. Ellis, OYLPN Director and Director of Youth-Led Programs, via email at RFP@preventionactionalliance.org before the question period ends. You also learn more during the August 6th webinar.
Why are we required to have two attendees participate in the training?
We request two adults from each participating organization so that two representatives can learn and plan together, and so that we are all investing in the sustainability of your youth-led prevention program. Both adult allies are expected to attend all training academies, technical assistance sessions, and other commitments outlined in the Scope of Work in the RFP. If you have questions or concerns about possible attendees and the calendar requirements, please contact Harim C. Ellis, OYLPN Director and Director of Youth-Led Programs, via email at RFP@preventionactionalliance.org before the question period ends.
Please review the dates of each in-person training and related activities to make sure applicants are available for all sessions. All applicants, including school-based participants, should make sure that summer events do not conflict with school-year contracts that might prohibit participants from attending activities outside of the school year calendar. It is also intended that technical assistance sessions take place during regular business hours (i.e., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), at times convenient for participating adult allies.
Can we bring our youth leaders to the training?
The in-person trainings are designed to provide professional development, training, and encouragement to adult allies engaging in youth-led prevention work. This is an intentional space for adults guiding young people in this work. As a result, youth leaders should not attend these meetings or the related professional development designed for adult allies. There will be other opportunities to engage youth leaders in the model and their own development.
The RFP mentioned Continuing Education Credits—can you share more details about who is eligible and how that process works?
In addition to gaining valuable skills and experience for your community’s youth-led prevention work, participating adult allies may also be eligible for continuing education credits. Continuing Education (CE) requests will be made through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
What professional development hours are available for educators?
A statement of contact hour verification will be provided, which educators may, in turn, provide to their Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC). Ohio Revised Code (Section 3319.22) assigns LPDCs the responsibility of reviewing educators’ professional development activities as part of their Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDP) and determining if they meet licensure renewal requirements.
What is Prevention Action Alliance?
Prevention Action Alliance, formerly Drug-Free Action Alliance, is a certified prevention agency that has been leading healthy communities in the prevention of substance misuse and supporting mental health wellness for more than 30 years. To learn more, visit www.PreventionActionAlliance.org.
I have another question that wasn’t answered here. Who should I talk to?
Please contact Harim C. Ellis, OYLPN Director and Director of Youth-Led Programs by emailing RFP@preventionactionalliance.org before the question period ends. You can also learn more during the August 6th webinar. We will be happy to discuss your question with you!