Geminus Corporation and Indiana University Northwest Center for Management
Development will hold a joint press conference at IU Northwest, Wed.,
Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Library Conference Center 105C to announce a partnership
which has been awarded federal funding for the Leading and Educating Across
Domains Initiative (L.E.A.D.) The funding will help expand the research and
evaluation components of the program which teach youth how to cope with alcohol
and other drug issues as well as activities that teach youth about peer pressure,
conflict resolution skills, and refusal/resistance skills.
The following representatives from Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Geminus Corporation, and Indiana University Northwest will offer remarks:
David Bozell, Bureau Chief, Mental Health Promotion and
Addiction Prevention-FSSA (Indianapolis, Ind.)
- John Viernes, Jr., Deputy Director, Office of Addition
Services, Drug Prevention and Disaster Mgmt-FSSA (Indianapolis, Ind.)
- Heather McCarthy, Vice President, Prevention Services-Geminus
- Adrienne Caffrey, Program
Director, L.E.A. D. Initiative, Geminus Corporation-(Elkhart, Ind.)
- Desila Rosetti, Executive Director, Center for Management
Development, Indiana University Northwest
- Charlie Hobson, Ph.D., Indiana University Northwest and Principle L.E.A.D.
The L.E.A.D. Initiative’s Pilot Evaluation Capacity-Building for Evidence-Based Interventions was one of 23 applicant proposals selected for funding from a pool of 63 applicants by CRP, Incorporated (CRP), on behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
The proposal outlined bridging research gaps in current prevention literature regarding peer-led programs and creating additional opportunities to utilize youth leaders in prevention activities. The funding will also support the implementation of proposed capacity-building enhancement activities designed to "grow the field" of evidence-based prevention.
The L.E.A.D. Initiative is a statewide youth leadership program administered
by Geminus Corporation and funded through the Indiana Division of Mental Health
and Addiction. The goal of the L.E.A.D. Initiative is to have trained youth
leaders running peer-led science-based prevention activities for their community
youth while also providing opportunities for youth participants involved in
the statewide L.E.A.D. network. Some of the community youth organizations in
the L.E.A.D. network include: Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Youth Service
Bureaus, and other youth organizations. In its continued partnership with the
Center for Management Development (CMD) at Indiana University Northwest, the
L.E.A.D. Initiative has focused on identifying and implementing effective strategies
for building youth leaders.
Geminus Corporation began in 1992 as an innovative, cost-effective, not-for-profit administrative services organization overseeing three northern Indiana mental health centers. Geminus also serves as the federal Headstart grantee for Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana as well as the administrator of several federal and state prevention grants including: Afternoons R.O.C.K. in Indiana, Project REACH, Office of Juvenile Justice, Lake County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition, and the L.E.A.D. Initiative. The L.E.A.D. Initiative is a grant program funded by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions.
The Center for Management Development (CMD) at Indiana University Northwest is
a leader in developing and delivering innovative training, consulting solutions
and customized management development programs for profit and non-profit organizations.