The purpose of the Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Mini-Grant Program is to support young people to take action to promote health and prevent chronic disease in Hawaii. Organizations may apply for a maximum of $5,000 to conduct one YPAR project during the time period of November 4, 2019 to March 31, 2020. A total of $25,000 is available and shall be divided and awarded between the five best qualified applicants.
The YPAR Mini-Grant Program is being funded by the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH). The mission of the DOH is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawaii. The source of these funds is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed). The goal of SNAP-Ed is to promote healthy lifestyles among individuals eligible for SNAP. The mini-grants will be awarded by the consulting group, YMCA of Honolulu (the Y) in partnership with the DOH.
YPAR engages youth ages 12-18 in projects that address healthy foods, food security, and physical activity in their community. Through YPAR, youth engage in leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, strategizing skills, and service-learning to address their selected issue.
YPAR utilizes a framework that includes the following steps:
1. Identify the issue or problem.
2. Define what is known about the issue or problem.
3. Identify what additional information is needed to understand the issue.
4. Determine what methods and approach will be used to collect this information and then work
together as a team to accomplish this.
5. Develop a plan for strategic action and/or community change.
In order to apply to the YPAR Mini-Grant Program, an organization must have at least one program staff person who has completed the YPAR training. To verify if your organization meets this criteria, email Diane Tabangay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the training requirement, in order to eligible for the YPAR Mini-Grant Program applicants must:
● Be located in the state of Hawaii;
● Engage youth ages 12-18 (i.e., middle and high school youth);
● Serve low-income populations (i.e., living in households at or below 185% of the Federal
poverty level, SNAP eligible, or Free and Reduced Price Lunch eligible);
● Have programs or initiatives to address access to healthy foods, food security, or physical
activity in low-income communities; and
● Demonstrate a commitment to youth leadership and youth engagement principles.
Please note that only one application per organization will be considered for funding.