The primary objective of the Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative (THAI) program is to improve the overall health and well-being of Texas adolescents, 10-24 years of age, increase their protective factors, prepare them with a strong foundation for adult life, and support positive life choices.
The THAI program intends to positively impact youth services in the community by providing funding for local agencies. Applicants will gather local data/statistics (needs assessment data may come from secondary data sources, community surveys, and other common assessment data sources – i.e. community leaders and community member interviews, town hall meetings, etc.) on youth risk factors.
Awarded sites will need to develop a local strategic plan. Strategic plans must address adolescent health using a comprehensive positive youth development approach on one or more of the identified adolescent health risk areas:
- Motor accidents / safety;
- Juvenile delinquency;
- Adolescent substance abuse;
- Dating violence;
- Lack of physical activity / nutrition;
- Mental health / suicide;
- HIV/STD; and/or,
- Lack of access to care / transition to adulthood.
This is a 12 month contract, this contract may be renewed up to 3 additional one year periods.