State Awards $4.4 Million in Youth Empowerment Grants

Youth organizations in 54 New York counties to benefit

Albany, April 17, 2001 – State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello M.D., M.P.H., Dr. Ph. today announced that more than $4.4 million in State grants will be provided to 54 county youth organizations throughout the State with a focus on Youth Empowerment and getting teens involved in the fight against tobacco use. The grants are part of Governor Pataki's $60.5 million anti–smoking campaign.

New York's anti–smoking campaign has a particular focus on youth, the grants announced today are in addition to other youth oriented components of the State's campaign including, a multi–million dollar anti–smoking advertising campaign, an interactive web site, a toll–free telephone number (1–877–446–2001) and youth–oriented supplies and gear. The awarded amounts range from $65,000 to $120,000, based on county population.

"The only thing better than quitting smoking is not starting in the first place. That's why it is so critical to involve local youth in these organizations," Dr. Novello said. "Thanks to the support of Governor Pataki, youth across the State will be able to find out first hand how addictive and harmful smoking is and why they should steer clear of it and encourage their friends and relatives to do the same."

Local youth organizations with existing county–wide programming have been funded with the grants. Each funded county will have a full–time coordinator to support the initiative. The grants charge the local organizations with building a framework to empower youth in their counties to help foster the change of social norms toward tobacco use among teens.

The Youth Empowerment request for applications will be released again only for the eight counties that were not funded through the initial grant application process and did not apply for the grant.

"By funding these county youth organizations, it will ensure that they play a pertinent role in the creation of the State's youth–oriented, anti–smoking campaign," said Dr. Novello.

Other components of Governor George E. Pataki's $60.5 million statewide anti–smoking crusade include:

  • Support for school–based tobacco prevention programs;
  • Creation of the largest anti–tobacco advertising program in State history;
  • Promotion of smoking cessation services;
  • Support of the New York State Smokers Quitline (1–888–609–6292);
  • Advertising aimed at adult smoking cessation;
  • Advertising to highlight the dangers of secondary smoke; and
  • Coverage of prescribed and over–the–counter smoking cessation products.

Following is a List of the 54 Youth Empowerment Grant Awardees:

Youth Empowerment Grants Awarded
County Amount Applicant
Albany $83,638.00 Albany County Health Department
Allegany $65,000.00 Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse
Broome $95,000.00 Johnson City Community Action Team
Cattaraugus $65,000.00 Cattaraugus Youth Bureau
Cayuga $65,000.00 Booker T. Washington Center
Chautauqua $95,000.00 Center for Social & Emotional Learning
Chemung $65,000.00 Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Chemung County
Chenango $65,000.00 Chenango County Health Dept
Clinton $64,660.00 Champlain Valley Health Center
Columbia $65,000.00 Cornell Cooperative Extension
Cortland $65,000.00 CAPCO
Delaware $65,000.00 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council
Dutchess $120,000.00 Dutchess County Department of Health
Erie $120,000.00 Western NY Regional Coordinated School Health Network
Essex $65,000.00 Essex County Youth Bureau
Franklin $65,000.00 Northstar Substance Abuse
Fulton/Hamilton $118,000.00 Catholic Charities of Fulton County
Genesee $65,000.00 Genesee–Orleans County Youth Bureau
Greene $65,000.00 Greene County Youth Bureau
Herkimer $65,000.00 Catholic Charities of Herkimer County
Jefferson $94,998.00 Cornell Cooperative Extension
Livingston $65,000.00 Livingston County Department of Health
Madison $65,000.00 BRIDGES
Monroe $120,000.00 Rochester–Monroe County Youth Board
Montgomery $65,000.00 Catholic Charities of Montgomery County
Nassau $120,000.00 The Freeport Partnership
New York $120,000.00 The Valley
Oneida $95,000.00 Oneida County Health Dept
Onondaga $120,000.00 Onondaga County Health Dept
Ontario $65,000.00 Prevention Partners
Orange $120,000.00 Orange County Department of Health
Orleans $65,000.00 Genesee Orleans County Youth Bureau
Oswego $95,000.00 Oswego City/County Youth Bureau
Otsego $65,000.00 Cornell Cooperative Extension
Putnam $65,000.00 Putnam County Youth Bureau
Rensselaer $95,000.00 Rensselaer County Health Dept
Richmond $120,000.00 The Jewish Community Center of Staten Island
Rockland $120,000.00 Rockland County Department of Health
Saratoga $95,000.00 Cornell Cooperative Extension
Schenectady $95,000.00 CAPIT
Schuyler $65,000.00 Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County
Seneca $65,000.00 American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes
St. Lawrence $95,000.00 St Lawrence County Public Health Dept
Suffolk $120,000.00 YMCA of Long Island
Tioga $65,000.00 Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins $65,000.00 Cornell Cooperative Extension
Ulster $95,000.00 Ulster County Youth Core
Warren $65,000.00 Warren County Public Health
Washington $65,000.00 Cornell Cooperative Extension
Wayne $65,000.00 Prevention Partners
Westchester $120,000.00 Westchester County Department of Health
Wyoming $65,000.00.00 Cornell Cooperative Extension
Yates $65,000.00.00 Cornell Cooperative Extension – Yates Association
Totals $4,421,296.00  

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