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Contest seeks programs targeting young men

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers have launched a global search to find innovative programs benefiting young men.

The contest, “Young Men at Risk: Transforming the Power of a Generation,” will accept applications through Jan. 26, 2008, and is open to programs serving boys and men ages 15 to 25.

The goal of the competition is to identify unusual approaches to helping young men overcome today’s societal challenges, including gangs, addition, crime, violence and mental health problems.

Three winning organizations each will receive $5,000 to expand their programs, and select U.S. organizations will have the opportunity to apply for a total of $1 million in grants.

Applications are submitted online and will be available for review and comment prior to review by a panel of judges.

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