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  1. Overview ofProgram:

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Our organization was awarded a grant that would help with childhood obesity and improving health and wellness of the community. This will be achieved by working on financial literacy and entrepreneurship of youth.

Additionally, the youth will be working on business ideas and business plan around the ideas of healthy activities.

 

  1. Provide a general overview of your program and progress during this funding cycle:

 

The main objective is the fight childhood obesity through entrepreneurship of the younger population living in Providence, RI.

Students had the opportunity participate in programs focused on healthy choices for food, impact of exercise and stress and were able to find appropriate coping practices.

The program focused on students in high school or younger, with the specific target population of middle schoolers. Later, this was expanded to the Providence Transition Academy as well.

 

  1. Describe how you addressed the original problem, community need and or serious issue identified in your original program proposal:

The original problem was the childhood obesity in the community and he problem was addressed through entrepreneurship of the participants and their own involvement in developing strategies to fight childhood obesity by learning about healthy living, healthy choices and also ultimately by creating a business plan that would solidify their plans.

 

  1. Describe lessons learned over the first year of this funding cycle:

The lessons learned from the first year are as follows:

Planning is the most important part of this experience. One needs to have great instructors for the students as some students were not engaged, while other were overly engaged with great outcomes. Being flexible given inclement weather will be important as well. Additionally, record keeping will be important as this year’s records were incomplete and scattered.

  1. List and describe any partnerships you have formed with other organizations to achieve your goal:

The partnerships that were very helpful to achieve the desired goal of the program. First of all, we partnered with each and every school that participated. This help to create the connection between all participating school. Additionally, the partnership with certain camps and schools was very successful. This depended also on the engagement and leadership of specific programs/school. For example, Camp XL had a very engaged and charismatic leader. Also, partnership with the Providence Transition Academy turned out very successful with great results.

 

  1. Describe both successes and any challenges encountered over the past year of this grant cycle:

 

Starting with successes, Camp XL was a great example. They helped the community (re: Basketball court) but also the engagement of the leader and several youth participants made this initiative very successful.

Another success was a Providence Transition Academy, these 15 students actually made a great progress in their healthy options form their food service vendors. This was one of the most important successes of the program as healthy options would help with fighting childhood obesity in our community.

 

Additionally, they took daily walks to help with caloric balance. They reported losing 156 pounds for the entire group. What was interesting is that this combined effort to shed some pounds included 3 staff personnel.

Another success was the completion of 15 high quality business plans by Del Sesto Middle School students. All 15 of participants completed them. 100% completing rate and high quality of plans speaks to the engagement of the participants.

The challenges were confined to weather, as some of the sessions were cancelled due to inclement weather. Additionally, some schools had problems with engagement and monopolization of the camp. This was most visible in Deering Middle School were of the students was monopolizing the discussions/activities.

 

There is room for improving engagement of the participants. Some programs didn’t engage the participants the way they program intended.

Additionally, record keeping was another challenge. It appears that for next year, there should be a better way of collecting, storing and analyzing all the documentation.

 

  1. If possible, tell us a story that best captures the impact your program has had on the clients/participants you served this year:

 

The Story comes from the Providence Transition Academy where students are provided with an opportunity to transition to the “real life”. They focus on developing employment skills and are informed about life and career choices. This school was a perfect example that hit the targetregarding a measurable goal (losing weight) but also about their desire to request healthy options for their meals while maintaining active lifestyle. What else would better capture the impact of the program?  

 

  1. Target Population:

 

  1. During this period, how many unduplicated clients have received the services listed in your proposal?

 

Directly:186

Indirectly: 171 * 2 as parents were impacted as well (This is just an estimation as the average household size is 3)

Children:        186 in the program minus 15 (Students in the Transition academy)

 

  1. Is the target population only MIDDLE SCHOOLERS? Elementary schools and camps are listed as those who participated

Initially all aged were included up to 18 years old (high school and young) with the specific target of middle schoolers. Later the program was expanded to the Providence Transition Academy.

 

  1. Define how participants were “Directly” vs. “Indirectly” served:

 

Directly served were the participants of thethe program. From the data available, I calculated participants that were in the “Indirectly” category from the average household of 3. That means for each participant, there were additional 2 members of the household “indirectly” served

 

  1. Is this number in alignment with the number of people you originally proposed to serve in your proposal?

      Please briefly explain:

Initially plan was to target 150 middle schoolers. As the program progressed, more participants were added and older young (Providence Transition Academy) was added as well.

 

  1. Please complete the following chart reflecting the composition of the clients or participantsserved by the program:

 

See Graphs Attached.

 

This is an approximate break down of the students by race and by insurance.

 

  1. Have you reached all of your original geographic target areas?

 

Yes, Geographic area included Providence region, and this was cording to the plan. For the future plans, there may be a need to expand it to broader Providence region with possibility to expand to MA or/and CT.

 

  1. Indicate the economic status of program participants servedby providing a % of the total served:

The information comes from

https://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/cnnslp.pdf and https://www.fns.usda.gov/nslp and is an estimation

 

    1. Below $15,000 annually:

Approximately 10% of the students

    1. $15,000 – $20,000 annually:

Approximately 15% of the students

 

 

    1. $20,000 – $30,000 annually:

Approximately 25% of the students

    1. $30,000 – $45,000 annually:

Approximately 25% of the students

    1. $45,000 and above annually:

Approximately 25% of the students

 

  1. Outcomes Achieved:

Please include your original outcomes in bold

 

  1. OUTCOME #1:Students are able to determine between healthy and unhealthy choices as they relate to food, exercise, stress, and other habits.

 

  • Describe why you did or did not meet this intended outcome. What was your most notable success?  What was your most notable challenge?

 

The notable changes are in the gained knowledge on healthychoices, and improvements in weight. This is notable in the multiple schools. Additionally, fighting obesity is the overarching goal and this is the first step to meet the goal. The challenge was the recruitment and participation in the program and the difference in engagement between different locations. Also, some cancelations were needed (mostly due to weather) and this didn’t help the program.

 

  • Did you achieve the anticipated number and percentage of people affected by this outcome?Please give specific numbers to support your answer.

 

We had more participant that initially planned for. 150 middle schoolers were out initial target. However, we expanded it to 186 and expended on the age limit.

When taking into consideration the directly and indirectly impacted individuals, this number is 22+% higher than initial plan.

 

  • What methodology was used to evaluate how many people achieved the outcome?

 

In terms of success, this can be measured by gained knowledge about healthy foods, their appropriate utilization and ultimately the business plan reflecting the above. In term of methodology, pre-test and post-test surveys completed during the program were the guiding principle of the success of the program.

 

  1. OUTCOME #2:Students are able to develop possible solutions to obesity amongst peers.

 

  • Describe why you did or did not meet this intended outcome. What was your most notable success?  What was your most notable challenge?

 

The solutions were active life style that was present in many locations. For example, Providence Academy with their active approach losing many pounds of weight or Camp XL with the basketball court activities.

 

 

  • Did you achieve the anticipated number and percentage of people affected by this outcome?Please give specific numbers to support your answer.

Pre-test and post-test were important were important to evaluate the

 

 

 

  • What methodology was used to evaluate how many people achieved the outcome?

 

This was done with the pre-test and posttest participation as well as the students survey that was completed during the sessions.

 

  1. OUTCOME #3:Students will develop a business plan

 

  • Describe why you did or did not meet this intended outcome. What was your most notable success?  What was your most notable challenge?

 

Yes…. This was definitely achieved as the participants completed 32 business plans with varies quality. Some business plans were unrealistic, but some of them were right on the spot.

This ultimately “hardwired” the idea of healthy choices for the children, since their ideas were translated into a plan

 

  • Did you achieve the anticipated number and percentage of people affected by this outcome?Please give specific numbers to support your answer.

We got 32/186 (17%) of plans back which is a very reasonable number. If this is multiplied with the indirectly impacted individuals, we are talking about 100+ people impacted by the outcome.

 

     

  • What methodology was used to evaluate how many people achieved the outcome?

I included direct and indirect participants of this program as both groups (differently) will benefit from this. “The indirects” are family members living with the participants.

  1. Process Evaluation:

 

I created a GANTT chart that gave me an idea of how each of the terms (re: Spring, Fall) was progressing. It is a great visual with the ability to track the process, milestones over time.

 

 

 

Not every school was equally participating in the program and the timeline needed to be shifted depending on the engagement, but also on the cancellations and weather conditions.

 

  1. Timeline:

 

Yes. We were able to reach the number of participants, additionally, we added some more with expanding on the age range. On the other hand, some of the sessions were cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

How did you feel about the negotiation?

I had mixed feelings at the beginning of the negotiation as I didn’t know what to expect from this exercise. Additionally, I didn’t know Lauren at all and didn’t know what to expect. As we know, our community has been hit hard by this global pandemic and my organization wants to defer moneys to help COVID19 victims and their families. On the other hand, we would like to provide the same level of service with the scarce resources available.

I felt that Lauren was reasonable, and we were able to achieve 80% level of funding for the grant with alternatives how to fund the remaining 20% and maintaining the full program. I strongly believe that kids are our future and it’s great that my organization can be there third year in the row.

 

Which negotiation strategies do you most naturally follow?

As it is clear from the video, my initial questions were related to the introduction, get a feel of Lauren, her style but also trying to feel if she is able to think outside of the box. I didn’t want to jump to the negotiation without know what I am against, who is the other party and how “together” we can overcome this hurdle. I wanted her to believe that we have the same objective and that fund the project without any interruptions, moreover without decreasing the producing of necessary equipment for our children in the community.

 

Which strategy worked best for you?

Reading the assigned chapters, I followed the steps outlined for negotiations. First of all, I prepared for the meeting and I read through the requirement until I undertood what is needed. Then I was thinking about best- and worst-case scenarios. Additionally, I was ready to negotiate. What help with the negotiation was to understand what is needed and being flexible with negotiation. I wanted to make sure that Lauren feels that “we are on the same team” while still able to maintain the maximal level of funding that I can provide for this project.

Which conditions in the negotiation made you feel most and least comfortable?

The least comfortable was the point when we negotiated the exact amount. I wasn’t sure if that amount would be sufficient to maintain the program without cuts into production. Additionally, I wanted to make sure that the relationship between our organizations remains great.

Lauren understood that my organization will fund other community projects related to the COVID 19 pandemic and that was reassuring. What made it easier was to know that Lauren and her team was thinking about alternatives. She mentioned cost cuts and additional funding by the organization. It was reassuring that a reasonable partner is negotiation with me and that she understands that we have the same objective.

 

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