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Strong African American Families - Teen

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A family-centered group preventive intervention for black teens living in rural communities entering high school to prevent conduct problems, substance use, and depressive symptoms, and promote protective sexual behavior efficacy.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

Prevention programs such as SAAF-T can potentially be supported through state or local funding streams dedicated to prevention (e.g., the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency). Sin taxes, such as those that target alcohol and tobacco use, have been established by some states to support tobacco and substance abuse prevention programs (e.g., Senate Bill 94 in Colorado).

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds:

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Block Grants – mandated by Congress, SAMHSA’s block grants are non-competitive grants that provide funding for substance abuse and mental health services.

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Formula Funds support a variety of delinquency prevention programs in states. Evidence-based programs are an explicit priority for these funds, which are awarded competitively by state agencies to community based programs.

  • The Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) program is administered from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to localities to support community economic development. A percentage of these funds can be used to support a wide range of public services, including pregnancy prevention and youth development programs.

Discretionary Grants: Federal discretionary grants from the SAMHSA and OJJDP may be available to support SAAF-T. In addition, relevant discretionary grants include grants focused on pregnancy prevention that are administered by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB); and the Centers for Disease Control grants for replication of evidence-based programs for teen pregnancy prevention.

Entitlement Funds: The Children’s Bureau (an Office of the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) uses a competitive peer review process to award discretionary grants for research and program development to state, tribal and local agencies; faith- and community-based organizations; and other non-profit groups.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundations, particularly those with a focus on pregnancy and substance abuse prevention can be a good source of funding for SAAF-T. Foundations with a particular interest in investing in African American communities and those who are interested in evidence-based interventions should also be considered.

Generating New Revenue

Interested organizations may consider community fundraising and partnership with the faith-based community, local businesses and civic organizations as a means of raising dollars to support the initial training and curriculum purchases.

Possible in-kind support from local businesses include meals/refreshments, space for implementation, the provision of childcare or transportation, or gift cards/door prizes as incentives for participants.