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Eisenhower Quantum Opportunities Program

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A youth development program providing education, service, and development activities to improve academic skills and increase high school completion and post-secondary attainment of high-risk youth from socioeconomically disadvantaged families and impoverished neighborhoods.

Quantum Opportunities is a youth development program focused on helping high-risk high school students complete high school, enroll in postsecondary education, and avoid negative outcomes including high school dropout and arrests. The program includes mentoring, educational advocacy, tutoring and assistance with postsecondary preparation, and youth leadership. The comprehensive nature of the program means that it could potentially be supported with the full range of government and private funding streams focused on positive youth development.

Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds

If there are existing youth development programs serving high school students, those programs could use the Quantum Opportunities model to train and structure the work of staff.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State and local education funds and state prevention funds can be allocated to Quantum Opportunities. State Tobacco Settlement revenues have been used by some states for prevention programs. Local school districts or state departments of education could also opt to allocate state or local education funds to support Quantum Opportunities.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds:

  • Title I can potentially support the tutoring and educational advocacy components of the program, particularly when programs are located in and delivered in close collaboration with high schools.
  • OJJDP Formula Funds support a variety of improvements to delinquency prevention programs and juvenile justice programs in states. Evidence-based programs are an explicit priority for administering agency to community-based programs.
  • The WIOA Youth Formula Funds: The Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act youth formula funds support activities that promote youth leadership, and employment. WIOA funds are administered by the Federal Department of Labor to local Workforce Investment Boards, which make decisions about how local funds are allocated.

Discretionary Grants: Federal discretionary grants from the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, or the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention may be available to support Quantum Opportunities.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundation grants, particularly from foundations with a focus on academic achievement, mentoring and youth development would be appropriate sources of funding for the Eisenhower Quantum Opportunities Program.

Generating New Revenue

Fund raising may be considered to support the Quantum Opportunities program. Traditional fundraising such as donor development, and events could be used. Depending on the state and local context, generating dedicated public revenue streams may also be an option through mechanisms such as sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco, specialized vanity license plates dedicated to children, and tax form check-offs.