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Overview

The Buckle up for Life/Abróchate a la Vida program was designed by Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center and Toyota to decrease the number of auto related injuries and fatalities by instructing families about the proper use of safety belts and child restraints.

 

Central to the Buckle Up for Life mission of providing child-passenger safety education and lifesaving resources to families everywhere, are the partnership opportunities we offer to organizations across the nation. The Buckle Up for Life program has partnered with over 180 child passenger safety organizations and programs in over 150 cities and continues to collaborate with child passenger safety experts nationwide. Since its inception the Buckle Up for Life program has reached more than 56,000 people, working towards our goal to eliminate motor-vehicle-related injuries and deaths among children.

 

This program provides funding and/or resources for three different initiatives that are designed to be implemented in a community-based setting with means to reduce the risk of motor vehicle-related injury and death. The grant, funds partnerships in at risk populations with special emphasis in Hispanic and African American communities.

 

The program’s success is based on its comprehensive and culturally sensitive approach, an approach that draws on pre-existing community relationships. The program’s goal is to increase the use of motor-vehicle restraints and to instill a culture of health and safety.

 

Buckle Up for Life is designed as a community intervention, not as a research project. It has been exempted by Cincinnati Children’s Institutional Review Board. Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota does not provide liability insurance coverage for Buckle Up for life partners.

 

Next Steps

Please read the information below as it will help you identify which of the three Buckle Up for Life initiatives best suits your needs.

Partnership benefits & Timeline

Grant Partnership

 

The Buckle Up for Life grant initiative provides one year cash grants ranging from $12,000 to $32,000 per year. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will provide program training, support, and oversight throughout the grant year. This grant initiative also provides injury prevention professionals with tools and resources necessary to implement a child passenger safety program in at risk populations and communities throughout the country.

  • Grants will be awarded to qualified tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, as determined under section 501(c)(3) or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to public service agencies (e.g., fire/police departments, local health departments, public schools, etc.).
  • Applying institutions must have an established injury prevention program with a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST) on staff.
  • Applying institutions must have strong partnerships with community leaders. Staff working on Buckle up for Life/Abróchate a la Vida program must have strong social and networking skills.
  • Applying institutions would also benefit from having at least one bilingual (English/Spanish) or multilingual professional on staff.

Ideal grant partners will provide multiple educational sessions and outreach opportunities to serve as many people as possible, meeting our minimum required education and seat distribution outputs outlined for each available funding level in the chart above.  For example, at a base funding level of $15,000, a partner institution would be expected to distribute a minimum of 100 car seats and would be expected to educate a minimum of 150 people total (children, teens, and adults combined).

Education 

 

  • Buckle Up for Life provides all the materials, including props, handouts, and audiovisual aids necessary, for an injury prevention professional to deliver the following one-hour presentations:
  • Adults – this presentation focuses on a crash dynamics, seat belts, distracted driving, and child-passenger safety.
  • Teens – this presentation focuses on crash dynamics, seat belts, and sound decision-making.
  • Children – this presentation focuses on three main topics: the importance of seat belts, where to sit in a car, and proper passenger behavior.

 

Car Seat Checks and Distribution

 

Following each educational presentation, certified child passenger safety technicians conduct a car seat check for program participants. During the check they distribute free car seats to parents who requested them.

  • Car seats and education must be provided by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) who can ensure that seats are installed and used correctly.
  • Car seats may be distributed at the agency’s discretion–although the focus should be on at-risk populations.  Each agency may assess and determine local need.
  • Car seats provided by Buckle

Institutions applying for a grant partnership must indicate in their application (Section 4.D of the grant partnership application) how they plan to measure program outcomes (behavior change) in their community.

Applying institutions must submit a budget with their grant application, to be approved by Buckle Up for Life.  Acceptable program expenditures include salary support, supplies, equipment, mileage, etc.  See chart above for available base funding levels.  Note that up to 25% of the base funding level may be used for salary support, if needed.

 

Optional Travel Stipend

An optional travel stipend of $2000 total (above and beyond base funding levels) is available to each funded institution.  This stipend is to be used only to supplement travel related expenses for one or more program staff to attend the Kidz in Motion (KIM) Conference (Broomfield, CO; Aug 29-Sept 1st 2018) and accompanying BUFL grantee orientation. Covered expenses may include airfare/transportation, hotel/lodging, conference registration fees, meals, etc.  Please note: should your institution’s actual travel expenses exceed $2000, the difference must be paid from your own institution’s operating budget.  Only the $2000 travel stipend may be applied toward travel expenses; BUFL grant funds from your selected base funding level may not be used for these expenses.

 

 

For example, at a base funding level of $15,000, a partner institution would be eligible to receive a total of $17,000—to include up to $3750 for salary support, $11,250 for program supplies and implementation, and an additional $2000 for travel related expenses to the Kidz In Motion (KIM) Conference (Broomfield, CO; Aug 29-Sept 1st 2018).

Buckle Up for Life Orientation will be offered in conjunction with the Kidz in Motion (KIM) Conference (Broomfield, CO; Aug 29-Sept 1st 2018).  An optional travel stipend (see below) of $2000 above and beyond base funding levels is available to each funded institution to assist with travel-related expenses.  Institutions deciding not to travel to the orientation must make up the training session in a mutually agreed upon format at a date and time to be determined.  All partner sites are expected to participate in training during the first quarter of the program year. 

Grantees will submit regular reports to Buckle Up for Life summarizing their progress in outputs and outcomes during the grant year. Mid-year and final reports will also include financial summaries

Gift of Safety Partnership

The Gift of Safety initiative provides free car seats and access to Buckle Up for Life educational resources to passenger safety programs across the U.S. Each Gift of Safety partner agency receives 100 car seats to provide to local families in need, Partners are expected to provide families with  proper education and installation assistance, and a car seat pact to be signed and returned from every family—for basic reporting. Ideal Gift of Safety partners already have robust child passenger safety programs in place, and this supplemental gift of free car seats helps to close a resource gap in order to better meet their community’s safe travel needs.

  • Award will be awarded to qualified tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, as determined under section 501(c)(3) or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to public service agencies (e.g., fire/police departments, local health departments, public schools, etc.).
  • Applying institutions must have an established injury prevention program with a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST) on staff.
  • Applying institutions must have strong partnerships with community leaders. Staff working on Buckle up for Life/Abróchate a la Vida program must have strong social and networking skills.
  • Applying institutions would also benefit from having at least one bilingual (English/Spanish) or multilingual professional on staff.
  • Agencies must have access to at least one certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). This individual must be available to provide education and assistance to each family receiving a car seat to ensure that it is installed and used correctly. Each agency must distribute 100 car seats, for free, to local families in need, by June 30, 2018.
  • Gift of Safety partners must sign a BUFL Curriculum and Brand Usage Agreement.

Education

 

Buckle Up for Life provides presentations, handouts, and audiovisual aids necessary, for an injury prevention professional to deliver the following one-hour presentations:

  • Adults – this presentation focuses on a crash dynamics, seat belts, distracted driving, and child-passenger safety.
  • Teens – this presentation focuses on crash dynamics, seat belts, and sound decision-making.
  • Children – this presentation focuses on three main topics: the importance of seat belts, where to sit in a car, and proper passenger behavior.

 

Car Seat Checks and Distribution

 

  • Car seats and education must be provided by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) who can ensure that seats are installed and used correctly.
  • Car seats may be distributed at the agency’s discretion–although the focus should be on at-risk populations.  Each agency may assess and determine local need.
  • Car seats provided by Buckle Up for Life must be given away to selected families for FREE.  Seats may not be sold.
  • Each recipient of a car seat must complete and sign a Car Seat Pact, which BUFL will provide. This brief survey will provide some basic demographic data on the program’s participants. 

Gift of Safety partners are not required to report on outcomes, but are encouraged to seek opportunities that showcase child passenger safety related outcomes related to the provided education and car seat distribution.

Buckle Up for Life does not provide monetary support to Gift of Safety partners. Buckle Up for Life ships 60 Evenflo convertible car seats and 40 Evenflo no-back booster seats to each partner agency. Shipping and handling fees are covered by Buckle Up for Life.

Selected agencies must participate in a required one-hour Welcome Webinar where they will be introduced to the program and will receive an overview of BUFL educational curriculum as well as data collection, reporting, and other project logistics.

Gift of safety partners are required to submit quarterly reports to Buckle Up for Life summarizing their progress.

Education Partnership

Buckle Up for Life offers child passenger safety professionals, free access to its multi-generational educational resources, provided they sign a curriculum and brand usage agreement. This level of partnership is ideal for well-funded injury prevention programs in need of supplemental motor vehicle occupant educational resources for adults, teenagers and children. Resources include; Power Point presentation for adults, Power Point presentation for teenagers and a three lesson children’s curriculum, as well as useful downloadable forms and handouts conveniently accessible at Buckle Up for Life’s partner portal.

Education materials will be awarded to qualified tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, as determined under section 501(c)(3) or 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to public service agencies (e.g., fire/police departments, local health departments, public schools, etc.).

Education partners must sign a BUFL Curriculum and Brand Usage Agreement.

Education

 

Buckle Up for Life provides all the education materials for an injury prevention professional to deliver the following one-hour presentations:

  • Adults – this presentation focuses on a crash dynamics, seat belts, distracted driving, and child-passenger safety.
  • Teens – this presentation focuses on crash dynamics, seat belts, and sound decision-making.
  • Children – this presentation focuses on three main topics: the importance of seat belts, where to sit in a car, and proper passenger behavior.

Education partners are not required to report on outcomes, but are encouraged to seek opportunities that showcase child passenger safety related outcomes related to the provided education.

Buckle Up for Life does not provide monetary support to education partners.

Selected agencies must participate in a required one-hour Welcome Webinar where they will be introduced to the program and will receive an overview of BUFL educational curriculum as well as data collection, reporting, and other project logistics.

Education partners are required to submit quarterly reports to Buckle Up for Life summarizing their progress.

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