Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $997,351)
PATH, Inc., is a 501c3 educational organization whose mission is to equip, empower and encourage teens to make healthy choices through relationship, character building, and life skills education. PATH will partner with a youth violence prevention organization (POP on Youth Violence, Inc) and several high schools in four targeted communities. PATH’s strategy will be implemented through their proposed Student Empowerment, Enrichment and Development (SEED) High School Project to address youth who have been involved with or exposed to youth violence. These strategies include:
An evidence-based high school curricula component (Botvin LifeSkills Training);
An evidence-based student led leadership component (SAVE Promise Clubs);
Youth Support Group Component; and
Community prevention/support component which includes youth support groups, youth violence prevention rally, gun/weapon turn in events, and a project website.
High school youth in high-risk communities with significant incidents of youth or community violence will be targeted. The project will provide programming for 3000 high school youth (over three years) that are involved or at risk for being involved in youth or gang violence.