Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $290,000)
This award is funded as one of a cohort of related projects directed at (1) developing and implementing community initiatives that promote child and youth safety; (2) providing resources and expertise to assist communities develop effective public awareness strategies about child and youth safety; and (3) raising public awareness about these issues at the local and national level. The two-fold purpose of this program is to support demonstration projects in multiple communities and to leverage the investment in those communities by developing public awareness campaigns that disseminate the safety messages of the local projects to the broadest possible audience.
With this federal award, the Merced Lao Family Community, Inc. (MLFC) will implement Project SAFE, with the goal to increase the awareness of child abuse and neglect within the Southeast Asian (SEA) community, and improve SEA family functioning to eliminate family violence and abuse. The project will reduce risk factors to SEA children and youth, increase family bonding and family safety, improve family communication, parenting skills, and positive parent and child relationships.