Resilient Youth Initiative

NCHS $6 Million RFP Supporting Youth Resiliency in 8 Counties

In 2018, NCHS announced a unique grant opportunity for K-12 school corporations serving Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White counties in Indiana, the Resilient Youth Initiative. NCHS has allocated over $6 million so far to fund planning and implementation grants and supports for schools implementing proven programs in social and emotional learning (SEL) and substance use prevention for youth. Nineteen school corporations in the NCHS service area were awarded Resilient Youth Initiative Implementation Grants in July of 2019. Their projects will serve an anticipated 33,000 K-12 students by the 2021-2022 school year.


NCHS is committed to providing health care and promoting healthy communities for the benefit of the citizens of Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White counties. Since 1999, NCHS has awarded over $50 million in grant funding to more than 190 organizations. Beyond its Community Benefit Capital Grants program, NCHS initiates strategic partnerships with coalitions, funders, nonprofits, and other entities to directly address the most critical community health needs identified by the NCHS and River Bend Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment. These NCHS-initiated Community Benefit Partnerships fund the launch, expansion, or strengthening of programs and services that improve health outcomes and develop healthy communities.

Local youth face rising trends in suicide attempts, substantiated incidents of child abuse and neglect, and parental substance use. Youth in Indiana reporting at least one major depressive episode in the past year rose 71% from 2011 to 2017. Nearly 17% of Indiana high school students in 2015 reported they had abused a prescription drug. In 2015, nearly 20% of Indiana high school students seriously considered suicide – the third-highest rate in the nation.

Stressed brains do not have the same learning capacities as those that feel safe, can emotionally regulate, and can feel connection. Perhaps no other group is better informed about the mental health needs of children in our communities than the teachers, counselors, and school administrators who serve them every day.

Resilient Youth Initiative

As a funder that prioritizes grant impact in the areas of mental health and substance abuse, NCHS seeks to assist schools in developing youth resiliency through social-emotional competency, drug resistance, and mental wellbeing. These grants will assist school corporations in the NCHS service area with the identification, implementation, and long-term sustainability of proven social-emotional learning (SEL) and substance use prevention programs.

Resilient Youth Initiative Goals

  • Alleviate barriers schools face identifying evidence-based social-emotional learning and substance use prevention programs
  • Provide the support schools need to effectively implement these programs
  • Help students develop prosocial-emotional behaviors, drug resistance, and mental wellbeing
  • Improve youth mental health measures and reduce youth substance use

Request for Proposals

In the fall of 2018, NCHS invited K-12 school and corporation leaders to explore the links below to learn whether our grant opportunity was a fit for their students and teachers. 

Resilient Youth RFP

Evidence-Based Program Guide

Evidence-Based Program Guide High School Supplement

Resilient Youth FAQs

Resilient Youth Grant Recipients

Nineteen grants in seven counties have been awarded in 2019, totaling over $3.8 million in direct funding. NCHS will also fund one-on-one grantee coaching from field experts, custom implementation training, and initiative-wide evaluation by an independent research partner to explore the overall impact on schools and students.

Attica Consolidated School Corporation
Benton Community School Corporation
Clinton Central School Corporation
Clinton Prairie School Corporation
Community Schools of Frankfort
Covington Community School Corporation
Crawfordsville Community Schools
Delphi Community School Corporation
Faith Christian School
Frankfort Crossing School of Business & Entrepreneurship
Frontier School Corporation
Lafayette Catholic School System
Lafayette School Corporation
North Montgomery Community School Corporation
South Montgomery Community School Corporation
Southeast Fountain School Corporation
Tippecanoe School Corporation
Tri-County School Corporation
Twin Lakes School Corporation

NCHS Awards $3.8M in Resilient Youth Grants to 19 School Corporations

Grantee Resources

RYI-Related Conferences & Professional Development, 2019-09-17

Resilient Youth Initiative Evaluation Plan, 2019-08-16

Please direct questions about the initiative to virginia.vought @ and 765-423-1604

The Resilient Youth Initiative was developed with insight from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation and their Prevention Matters initiative.