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Geminus Corporation and IU Northwest partnership receives federal research grant

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 Corp-(Merrillville, Ind.)
  • 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. Evaluator

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.



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer

Desila Rosetti
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