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MDHHS seeks proposals for Empowering Youth Today program

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is requesting proposals from organizations to administer the Empowering Youth Today program.

The Empowering Youth Today program provides Michigan youth, ages 10 to 15, with the skills needed to plan their future through high school and beyond and accomplish their goals without an unplanned pregnancy. Using an approved Sexual Risk Avoidance Education curriculum, the program is designed to teach youth the benefits associated with healthy relationships, goal setting and avoiding dating violence and other risky behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use, without normalizing teen sexual activity.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is open to public and nonprofit entities such as local health departments, community health centers, nonprofit hospitals/health systems, school districts, federally recognized Michigan tribe(s), 501c3 nonprofits and other social service organizations/community-based organizations qualified to implement youth programming, and universities.

The program begins Tuesday, Oct 1, 2024, and ends Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2025. There is $1.3 million available with individual agency awards of up to $145,000 each. Successful applicants will be eligible to apply for noncompetitive annual renewals based on availability of funds and acceptable performance.

A pre-application conference will be held to provide instruction on using the EGrAMS system Monday, June 17, at 9:30 a.m., and will last approximately 90 minutes. The webinar can be accessed at . At the conclusion of the conference, this link can be used to access the recording of this webinar. 

Any questions concerning the RFP must be sent via email to on or before Wednesday, June 19. Questions may be discussed verbally at the pre-application conference. MDHHS will compile questions and answers and post these as well as any other clarifications or revisions to the initial RFP by Monday, June 24, on the EGrAMS website.

Project director requests to access the application are due by 5 p.m., Friday, July 5. Grant applications for the Empowering Youth Today program RFP must be submitted electronically through EGrAMS by 3 p.m., Monday, July 15.

For more information or to apply, visit the EGrAMS website and select "About EGrAMS" link in the left panel to access the "Competitive Application Instructions" training manual. The complete RFP can be accessed under the ‘Current Grants’ section under the “Public Health Administration” link and selecting the “EYT-2025” grant program.

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