The 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) included four programs focused on children, youth, and men: the Children and Youth Exposed to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Program (Children Exposed to Violence or CEV Program), the Engaging Men and Youth in Preventing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Engaging Men and Youth or EMY Program), the Services, Training, Education, and Policies to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking in Secondary Schools Grant Program (STEP Program), and the Services to Advocate for and Respond to Youth Grant Program (Youth Services Program). The four programs are grouped together and funded as one program by Congress in the appropriations act each year.
In fiscal year 2012, OVW released the first solicitation in which the four programs were grouped together, the Consolidated Grant and Technical Assistance Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Violence and Engage Men and Boys as Allies. The short name for the programs are the Children and Youth and Engaging Men Grant (CY & EM) Programs. The CY & EM Programs support comprehensive, community-based efforts to develop or expand prevention, intervention, treatment, and response strategies to address the needs of children and youth impacted by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and also supports projects that create educational programming and community organizing to encourage men and boys to work as allies with women and girls.