Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $49,361)
We Care for Youth is a non profit organization that will expand their 'High School Violence Prevention Program (HSVPP)' in Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena, California. This program addresses the issue of violence in the community. The purpose is to provide opportunities for at-risk and mainstream youth to build self-confidence and self-esteem. This will be accomplished through the implementation of structured activities that require teenage involvement and cooperation with each other and their communities. HSVPP will train 150 teenagers in anger management, conflict resolution and prejudice reduction. Further, teens will learn alternative, peaceful behaviors for resolving daily conflicts through the development of social, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and moral competencies. Each City's teens will then put on an event in their respective communities that demonstrate and/or teaches these same skills to a minimum of 150 other students. They will learn teamwork and resiliency by working together. Thus, the teens participating in these positive and productive activities, both during and after school, will be less likely to be engaged in violent behaviors. Program outcomes and goals' assessment will be measured via standardized forms and questionnaires, which will be administered at the beginning, middle and end of the project.