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Youth Support Projects
ICH collaborates with a variety of partners on youth support projects. Some of our projects include the following:
MassachusettsAlliance on Teen Pregnancy (MATP) – Youth First Project
For over ten years, the Institute for Community Health (ICH) has worked in partnership with the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, a non-profit organization that supports communities seeking evidence-based solutions to the complex issues associated with teen pregnancy.
This successful partnership has entered a new era with the award of a five-year Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant – the Youth First project. The grant aims to assist two Western Massachusetts communities, Springfield and Holyoke, reduce their teen pregnancy rates through employing community-wide strategies to enhance access to quality sexual health education and reproductive health services. Youth First is a community guided initiative – ICH works in collaboration with Youth First’s lead organizations, the Alliance and the YEAH! Network, numerous local organizations and community members, and young people themselves.
ICH’s partnership with the MATP on the Youth First Initiative was recently profiled in an ICH quarterly newsletter article. For the full article, click here.
Triangle IMPACT: Ability
IMPACT: Ability has partnered with Mass Advocates Standing Strong to teach a 10-session safety and self-advocacy program to individuals with disabilities. The program teaches concrete, practical, verbal and physical skills while simultaneously creating institutional change by giving service providers, teachers, caregivers, and high-level state agency leaders the tools to recognize and respond to incidents of abuse and potential abuse.
Starting in 2011, ICH served as the evaluator of an IMPACT: Ability pilot program funded by the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund that worked with individuals in a school-to-career program at Triangle, Inc. ICH is continuing on as the evaluator of a 4-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded IMPACT: Ability project that works with Boston Public Schools and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.