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Release No: 089-95
February 24, 1995


Secretary of Defense William J. Perry today announced the winners of the DOD Model Community Incentive Awards program. The program, designed to recognize proposals which work to strengthen military families, will release $6.4 million to 20 installations over the next three years.

In ceremonies held today in the Pentagon, Mr. Fred Pang, assistant secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy), recognized the winners for innovative installation programs "designed to strengthen families with children especially adolescents. Of the 134 proposals received, 20 programs were selected as the `best of the best'."

Ms. Carolyn Becraft, deputy assistant secretary of Defense (Personnel Support, Families and Education) whose office conceived the project, opened the ceremony by praising the installations for their efforts and creativity.

"The quality of the submissions was high," said Becraft, "making for an outstanding competition. The winners will share $6.4 million in DOD funding over the next three years. This awards ceremony culminates a year-long process, the first of its kind in DOD family programs, where installations are rewarded for evaluating their own needs and developing their own solutions."

Mr. Pang stressed that "This project is one of many of Secretary Perry's Quality of Life initiatives. It's a model of President Clinton's re-engineering government program and will usher a new era in Defense Family Programs."

The projects will receive funds beginning in the Third Quarter (April - June) of this Fiscal Year. All are designed with a strong evaluation component that will determine the effectiveness of the project in meeting their stated goals and will give DOD models for use at other installations experiencing similar problems. "We were so pleased with the response and all the great ideas," said Becraft, "that our office will be preparing a book summarizing all the 134 proposals which will be shared throughout the Department. I encourage those not selected to pursue local funding of their project. This shows that the best ideas come from the installations -- where the real needs of people are seen."

Those installations with winning proposals include:

Fort Richardson/Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska

Yuma Army Proving Grounds, Ariz.

Naval Air Station Lemoor, Calif.

Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, Calif.

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.

Macdill Air Force Base, Fla.

Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii

Winter Harbor, Me

Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

Fort Hood, Texas

Whidbey Island, Wash.

NATO SHAPE Headquarters, Belgium

Kelly Barracks, Germany

Kitzengen Army Community, Germany

Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

Baumholder Army Community, Germany

Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy

Howard Air Base, Panama

Headquarters, 34th Support Group, Yongsan, South Korea




Baumholder, Germany

Project: Cut the Risk

Incentive Award: $400,000

Description: The Baumholder program focuses on the developmental, employment and relocation adjustment needs of youth. The four-pronged program includes components of sponsorship, goal directed teen advisory committees, community service projects and outreach. The plan also focuses on the challenges of blended families in building relationships.

Fort Hood, Texas

Project: Youth for Action Hotline

Recommended Funding: $160,000

Description: Fort Hood will train youth to staff a Youth Hotline. The 24 hour, 365 day a year toll free number links to a national program providing youth-oriented crises prevention and intervention. It will be staffed by trained consultants who assist and refer troubled youth. As a subscriber, the installation will receive monthly summary reports of calls and problems. The data can be used to focus on specific problems in local high risk youth populations.

Fort Richardson/Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska

Project: Youth Enrichment Program

Recommended Funding: $280,000

Description: This project is a joint effort between Fort Richardson and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska and the Alaska Army National Guard. This effort will bring a consistent level of programming to the youth of these communities by increasing the communication and cooperation between installations. Components include community oriented policing and home visiting, as well as conflict resolution, anger management and cultural sensitivity training.

Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii

Project: Enhancing Service Integration in Military Communities

Incentive Award: $554,000

Description: This project will develop youth transition centers to provide a comprehensive program to connect youth with positive activities and healthy friendships. A strong collaboration component uses middle schools to promote the youth programs. The centers will offer programs to reduce crime and delinquency, provide youth sponsorship, career information, and skills development. Youth and families will be actively involved in the planning and implementation of these programs.

Howard Air Force Base, Panama

Project: Teens oN Top (TNT)

Incentive Award: $440,000

Description: Teens on Top (TNT) is a multi-faceted teen violence prevention program. The project includes four components each separately managed with guidance from a Teen Advisory Committee. Teens oN Top program areas include: 1) Stay in School Employment, 2) Life Skills Enhancement, 3) Leisure Time Adventure Programs, and 4) Construction of a Teen Center. Youth will construct the Teen Center with oversight/mentoring from the Base Civilian Engineering Office.

Incirlik Air Base, Turkey

Project: Youth Small Business Initiative

Funding Incentive Award: $30,000

Description: The Incirlik program will provide youth with an opportunity to operate a small business in conjunction with AAFES and adult volunteers. Teens will open and operate a small business for packaging and wrapping mailable items. The teens will elect officers in the company, hire and run a purchasing and personnel department, design a marketing plan, maintain inventory controls and manage financial statements. Success of the venture will be determined by the teen's ability to control costs and maintain a break-even financial status. This unique aspect of the program places teens in charge and provides them with real-life business experience.

Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi

Project: Sharing Experiences, Sharing Ourselves

Incentive Award: $270,000

Description: This proposal implements a collaborative, multidisciplinary program, "Sharing Experiences, Sharing Ourselves," designed to prevent the incidence of a number of adolescent "risk factors" including: adolescent violence; gang membership; substance abuse; intercultural, ethnic and racial problems; teen pregnancy; school dropouts; and AIDS susceptibility. The program, to be established as a demonstration project at four sites, three local middle schools and at the Keesler Youth Center, uses youth who are selected and trained as student coordinators. It is designed to improve student relationships in an increasingly multi-cultural society. The project, originally conceived within the local school system, enjoys wide-spread community support.

Kelley Barracks, Germany

Project: The Getaway

Incentive Award: $215,000

Description: The Getaway is a proposed safe house and twenty-four hour teen crisis center designed to serve the greater Stuttgart Community. The program will provide a safe haven for teens and focus on counseling and prevention programs. DoD will fund the concept of teen crisis center and safe house on a start-up basis in order to identify the actual need usage prior to recommending a capital investment in a dedicated facility. The program will serve as an alternative to troubled teens and/or their families being sent back to the United States.

Kitzingen, Germany

Project: Youth Action Initiatives

Incentive Award: $575,000

Description: This proposal focuses on early intervention and prevention of gang-like activity. It targets increasing levels of juvenile violence by developing comprehensive programs and coordinating community resources in the following areas on need: (1) youth jobs; (2) positive after school and evening activities; (3) family and youth therapy; (4) education and prevention programs; and (5) transportation.

MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

Project: Positive Image Program

Funding Incentive Award: $150,000

Description: The MacDill Air Force Base "Positive Image Program" is an educational program designed to prevent delinquency and violence. The goal is to increase the employment preparation skills of youth and provide successful job placement. A partnership with the community will provide entry level trainee positions for youth. Another component will provide youth with recreational and educational activities such as bay fishing, overnight tours, and educational trips to universities and nearby installations. The program will provide educational seminars on child abuse, spouse abuse, teen dating violence, and alternatives to gang involvement.

Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, California

Project: Community Youth Enhancement Program

Incentive Award: $175,000

Description: This project will establish a partnership with the local Boy's and Girls clubs as a method of expanding youth programs to more comprehensive developmentally-oriented services. Base personnel will use Boys and Girls Clubs of America training and program materials to accomplish this. The affiliation will allow DoD youth in the community access to comparable services at the local club while targeting on-base youth through the existing center.

NATO SHAPE Support Group, Belgium

Project: International Model Youth Program

Funding Incentive Award: $230,000

Description: NATO SHAPE, Belgium will establish a multi-national youth sponsorship and cultural awareness program. The funding will provide SHAPE a facility, personnel, and funds to develop a video for inbound youth outlining what to expect once they are assigned to SHAPE. The program also offers outreach, team building and youth involvement in recreational and social prevention focused activities.

Naval Air Station Lemoore, California

Project: Family Service Integration Initiative

Incentive Award: $443,000

Description: This program focuses on youth employment issues with a special emphasis on school-to-work transition for non-college bound youth. The program provides a job shadowing work initiative that uses mentoring to teach skills and strengthen values. Other areas target information and education on career paths and a community service component. The NAS Lemoore plan will build on an existing county coalition that includes military components.

Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy

Project: Project Connect

Incentive Award: $215,000

Description: Project Connect is an innovative outreach strategy designed to increase participation of the 70 percent of "uninvolved" teens in programs designed to combat boredom, isolation and the ready availability of alcohol--factors which are often present at an overseas installation. A project coordinator working in conjunction with the DoDDs schools will create activities and opportunities for youth to become involved through high interest activity programs. With widespread involvement and cooperation of installation agencies, Project Choice provides four program components including: activity and adventure programs; cross cultural immersion opportunities; community service projects; and job training.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington

Project: Partnership for Youth

Incentive Award: $597,000

Description: The Partnership for Youth project strengthens relationships within the family and teaches positive parenting and coping skills. It will provide a place for youth to build a sense of belonging. Program activities include: couples communication, conflict resolution, leadership skills and community responsibility for 6-18 year olds. Additionally, youth will be involved in the renovation of a local school facility for a Youth Center/Volunteer Clearinghouse. Volunteers from the base and local community will participate in the renovation and local businesses will provide matching funds. The clearing house will organize volunteer projects within the community.

Naval Security Group Activity Winter Harbor, Maine

Project: Schoodic Peninsula Partnership

Funding Incentive Award: $335,000

Description: The Winter Harbor partnership will provide military families located in a very remote community with recreational, social and, educational programs. The goal of the Winter Harbor proposal is to remove perceived barriers between the military and civilian communities by providing a joint-use facility, staff, computer, and recreational equipment and transportation to enhance the limited social and educational infrastructure of this area. The facility will support recreational, social interaction, and access to educational and computer resources seven days a week. In addition, staff will offer tutoring for students in state-of-the-art computer technology including access to the Internet.

Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

Project: Improving the Quality of Life for Teens and Their Families

Incentive Award: $335,000

Description: This project is comprehensive youth program focusing on relocation, sponsorship and teen employment. The unique component of this project is the establishment of a Mexican Food restaurant, operated by teens, in the teen center. Additionally, the project offers a sponsorship program which is tied to the Internet system and allows newly relocated teens the opportunity to correspond with friends from previous locations.

U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona

Project: Law Enforcement Cadet Program

Incentive Award: $30,000

Description: U.S. Yuma Army Proving Ground will expand the Law Enforcement Cadet Program which plays a key role in the installation's ability to reduce juvenile violence. This program is designed to provide new opportunities for juvenile offenders and will operate as an all-volunteer program. Funding will enable the installation to facilitate further development of this program representing positive alternatives to youth violence.

United States Air Force Academy, Colorado

Project: Collaborative Effort to Prevent Violence

Incentive Award: $600,000

Description: This project focuses on intensive youth intervention programs to improve school performance, strengthen parent-child relationships and build resistance to negative peer influence. This program will be implemented through tutoring, social skills training and parent training. Experiential activities such as wilderness therapy will provide an exciting and challenging learning environment designed to encourage family recreation as a way to strengthen family relationships.

Yongsan, Korea

Project: Youth Model Communities Task Force

Incentive Award: $320,000

Description: This project will provide intervention and prevention programs for youths. The Task Force will implement the following key programs: (1) ASK (After School Knowledge) which matches students in grades 5-12 with a mentor to help with homework, (2) street justice - an intervention tool to reach youth and help them decide between right and wrong and the consequences of their actions, (3) an outdoor leadership program which offers a wide scope of activities that teach life long skills and provide positive alternatives for discretionary time, and (4) a teen employment program for 16-18 year olds with a positive attendance record. Teens will be placed in jobs in the local community organizations.

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