HOPE (Homeless Outreach for Parents and Early adolescents)
HOPE is a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded project that examines the impact of the HOPE (HIV prevention Outreach for Parents and Early adolescents) Family Program, a family-based prevention program for early adolescent youth and their adult caregivers living in family homeless shelters in New York City. By the project’s end, HOPE will reach 336 early adolescent youth (11 to 14 years) and their families living in NYC family shelters. The HOPE Family Program, a family-based HIV prevention and mental health promotion program, was created through collaboration between an urban Community Collaborative Board, a working group of inner-city parents, school staff members, and university-based research staff.
Board members were also responsible for delivering the program in family homeless shelters once the intervention protocol was completed. Core program components were drawn from existing evidence-based interventions (see Beharie et al., for additional details). Currently, the HOPE Family Program is being rigorously evaluated in a large scale, randomized clinical trial also funded by NIDA. Preliminary rates of engagement for the first 208 families randomly assigned to the HOPE Family Program are summarized in Table 3.
In addition, there is emerging preliminary evidence that HOPE is associated with significant reductions in youth mental health symptoms (see Table 2).
Mary M. McKay, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029