The Oologah Community Connection serves the Oologah-Talala School District in Oklahoma, a community of 9,700. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing environmental strategies that will change societal norms, increase protective factors, reduce youth access, and provide support for prevention, treatment, and drug free lifestyles.
The communities of Lawrence Park Township and Wesleyville Borough, under the leadership of Iroquois School District, formed a community coalition (#PYDONEFAMILY) in 2014 to reduce youth substance abuse in the community. The coalition, in an effort to strengthen its capacity and sustainability, applied for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant. Funding from the DFC Grant will support the coalition in its implementation and evaluation of individual and environmental interventions to reduce alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use through evidence-based practices. This will be supported through collaborative efforts with drug prevention resources and training/technical assistance. #PYDONEFAMILY will provide information, enhance skills, provide support, reduce access/enhancing barriers, and promote changes in consequences, physical design, and policies to reduce youth substance abuse.
The Boys & Girls Club of Chester is applying for $125,000 to create a Drug Free Communities coalition in the Chester Upland School District communities of the city of Chester, the Borough of Upland, and Chester Township (a community of 41,352). The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use and abuse. The coalition will implement the strategies associated with SAMSHA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation and Evaluations. In addition, the coalition will achieve its goals by implementing the following seven strategies for community change: 1.) Providing Information, 2.) Enhancing Skills, 3.) Providing Support, 4.) Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers, 5.) Changing Consequences, 6.) Physical Design, and 7.) Modifying/Changing Policies regarding youth substance use and abuse.
Chambersburg Cares will be continue bringing together key area stakeholders to address substance use and abuse issues among youth. Chambersburg Cares will use results of their recent Data Assessment and Resource Assessment to strategically plan and offer a variety of environmental strategies aimed at altering attitudes towards substance use among both parents and youth. The primary substances targeted will be alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. Chambersburg Cares will offer parent education nights at schools and supplement the work of the coalition members by providing support and guidance on youth activities. Chambersburg Cares will continue working with its Youth Advisory Board, formed by students at the two Chambersburg high schools, to address access and youth and parental attitudes and norms surrounding substance use by youth. Chambersburg Cares will utilize public education campaigns to education area residents on underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and the availability of tobacco to minors.
The Hogar CREA Drug-Free Community Coalition is applying for a federal FY 2017-18 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 available through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Population to be Served: The Hogar CREA Drug-Free Community Coalition serves two contiguous counties, Trujillo Alto and Carolina, in the greater San Juan metropolitan of Puerto Rico. The combined population of these two counties is 206,269 with 16.2% (33,416) age 6-17 years. The Coalition serves the area's 14,831 10-17 year olds (7% of the population). 99% of the population is Hispanic and Spanish is the official and prevalent language. The zip codes targeted are: 00976, 00987, 00985, and 00984. Children and families are deeply impacted by the decade long economic crises in Puerto Rico. An average of 28.2% of the population live in poverty and the unemployment rate is 12%. The island's infrastructure has been depleted and weakened over the past decade and there has been a significant loss of population (-10% in San Juan). Amongst those leaving are professionals who have fled poor economic conditions to seek opportunities especially on the US mainland. The out-migration has broken up families and further undercut capacity to raise drug-free healthy children. Additionally, the island serves as a port for the drug-trade and many area youth are now being swept up into gangs and drug-trafficking. Alcohol is the number one substance of use by PR youth. 46.7% of CREA 12th graders report 30-day past use 23.7% of CREA 12 graders report past 30-day use. This urban area is high-risk for youth substance use and abuse. Strategies and Activities: Coalition goals are to 1. increase community collaboration, and, 2. to reduce youth substance use. The coalition is focusing on alcohol and marijuana as the gateway drugs to deeper drug-use and negative behaviors. The coalition will achieve this by implementing these strategies: reducing retail and social access to alcohol and marijuana, changing social norms and beliefs accepting of substance use, conducting media counter-messaging, and influencing laws and policies. Special activities include: environmental compliance and education scans with local alcohol retail vendors; promoting a community norm of zero tolerance for sale of alcohol to minors; activities aimed at youth and parents to raise prevention awareness of the risk of harm of alcohol and marijuana; family prevention awareness activities; youth pro-social engagement activities; counter-messaging activities to promote prevention; promoting the SBIRT evidence based practice to screen adolescents for drug use; and, promoting ""safe havens"" for youth as positive alternatives for youth during high-risk times when they are out of school. The program will build on the strengths of Puerto Rican culture with its emphasis on family and faith. Coordination with State/Local Health Agencies: The Coalition will coordinate with all appropriate state and local health agencies as well as a network of health and behavioral health providers to implement various activities and promote change strategies including advocating use of SBIRT screening protocols; and addressing health/mental health issues associated with substance use findings. The Coalition is sponsored by a premier Puerto Rican drug treatment provider, Hogar CREA, Inc., that has provided the Coalition with tremendous good will and access in working with the provider and government entities that are key to success including representatives of state agencies located in the San Juan metro area. Several health community leaders are on the Coalition board including the President of Health Medical,Corp. and a representative from the Municipal Government Trujillo Alto Office of Drug Prevention.
The Lincoln Prevention Coalition (LPC) is proposing to serve the Town of Lincoln through a number of prevention strategies. In an effort to increase community collaboration, the LPC will continue to outreach to potential community partners to join the LPC in its community prevention work; increase membership and involvement with the LPC; increase communication with physicians; improve their branding of community messages about the coalition work. The LPC will be assessing the skills of its Coalition and provide training to Coalition members, so they may best plan and develop strategies for youth and community members. In order to deal with the increase in youth substance use, the LPC will offer community education and information through a variety of venues: face to face through Town Hall meetings, Parent presentations and workshops and youth education; through the development of mass media and social norms media campaigns focused on marijuana, prescription drugs, alcohol and emerging tobacco products; print media to provide information to specific populations and the general public; social media through a number of venues, e-mail newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. The LPC will implement the Above the Influence Program with its high school youth in an effort to develop and share media messages with their peers
LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth The LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth serves Hilton Head & Bluffton, South Carolina, a community of 60,000 combined. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing strategies to reduce access, increase perception of harm and reduce approval of youth alcohol use, marijuana use, and misuse of prescription drugs within our communities. A combination of individual and environmental strategies have been identified, which include but are not limited to: community forums, a social marketing campaign, law enforcement efforts to reduce access, merchant trainings, trainings to increase the skills of organizations within the community sectors, advocating for changes in policies/legislation at the local and state levels, supporting youth driven initiatives.
Youth & Family Services, Inc. (YFS), the fiscal agent for the Oyate Okolakiciye Coalition, is requesting $125,000 per year for five years to implement a Drug Free Communities project to reach approximately 5,000 youth, ages 12-18, in Rapid City, SD with a focus on American Indian youth. The coalition has developed a 12-month action plan to meet the two DFC goals: increase community collaboration and reduce youth substance use. The objectives and strategies to address the two DFC Goals include: DFC Goal One: Increase community collaboration: Objective 1: By 9/29/18, increase by 10% the coalition’s capacity for community collaboration as measured by an annual coalition survey, coalition and board meeting minutes, meeting attendance records, membership list, and focus groups and/or interviews. Objective 2: By 2/29/18, increase collaboration among community organizations by 10% as measured by an annual community collaboration survey, post-event satisfaction surveys, meeting attendance records, meeting minutes, and focus groups or interviews. DFC Goal Two: Reduce youth substance abuse: Objective 1: By 9/29/18, increase by 4% the perception of risk or harm of use and perception of peer disapproval of use of alcohol by youth, ages 12-18 (with a focus on American Indian youth), as measured by the annual Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) Student Survey and pre and post evidence-based curriculum surveys. Objective 2: By 9/29/18, reduce by 2% past 30-day use of alcohol by youth, ages 12-14, and by 5% for ages 15-18 (with a focus on American Indian youth), as measured by the annual Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) Student Survey and pre and post evidence-based curriculum surveys. Objective 3: By 9/29/18, increase by 5% the perception of risk or harm of use and perception of peer disapproval of use of marijuana by youth, ages 12-18 (with a focus on American Indian youth), as measured by the annual Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) Student Survey. Objective 4: By 9/29/18, reduce by 2% past 30-day use of marijuana by youth, ages 12-14, and by 5% for ages 15-18, as measured by the annual Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) Student Survey. Objective 5: By 9/29/18, increase by 4% the perception of risk or harm of use and perception of peer disapproval of use of meth by youth, ages 12-18 (with a focus on American Indian youth), as measured by the annual Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) Student Survey and pre and post evidence-based curriculum surveys. Objective 6: By 9/29/18, reduce by 1% past 30-day use of meth by youth, ages 12-14, and by 2% for ages 15-18, as measured by the annual Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) Student Survey and pre and post evidence-based curriculum surveys. Strategies include: Increase coalition visibility and credibility as a leader in the field of substance use prevention; Coordinate with other community organizations providing substance abuse services and/or serving the same target population; Provide education and awareness about the consequences of alcohol, marijuana, and meth use and abuse for youth, ages 12-18 (with a focus on American Indian youth); Provide education and awareness about the consequences of youth alcohol, marijuana, and meth use and abuse for parents; Provide Healthy Alternatives to alcohol, marijuana, and meth use for youth, ages 12-18, and their parents (with a focus on American Indian youth); Reduce access to alcohol, marijuana, and meth by youth, ages 12-18, in and out of the home (with a focus on American Indian youth).
In 2015, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams initiated a study to select a community within Salt Lake County that would benefit the most from a place-based initiative. Kearns Township was selected and The Future We Choose in Kearns, a collective impact placed-based initiative, was created. As part of this effort, the Evidence2Success (E2S) Kearns Community Coalition was formed in March 2016, bringing together key leaders, community members, and systems partners to to create community change for youth and families. Using Utah’s Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) survey, the Coalition identified alcohol and tobacco, particularly e-cigarettes, as priority substances to address. Usage of alcohol and e-cigarettes is higher for youth in Kearns than the average usage for youth throughout Utah. Kearns elementary and junior high lifetime alcohol consumption rates were more than double the state average in 2015 and e-cigarette use is trending upwards at alarming rates. It is the high substance use rates, combined with additional risk factors, that demonstrate the need for additional resources such as this Drug Free Communities Support grant to both reduce and prevent youth alcohol and e-cigarette use in Kearns. While Kearns youth are both at higher risk and have higher use rates for alcohol and e-cigarette use than others throughout Utah, Kearns boasts many strengths that uniquely prepare the community to experience significant impact with the resources offered through the Drug Free Communities Support grant. Strengths include the fact that in Kearns, opportunities for prosocial behavior is high, rewards for prosocial involvement is high, parental attitude favorable to drug use is low, and interaction with antisocial peers is trending down. Building off of these strengths and the work that the Coalition has already engaged in, this grant will further their efforts and help E2S achieve the goals of 1) increasing community collaboration, and 2) reducing youth substance abuse in Kearns.
The Kane Community Coalition is applying for the DFC under the direction of Kane County. The Kane Community Consolations goal is establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. The KCC's other goal is to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. the coalition will accomplish this by limiting access, changing culture and context, shift the consequences associated with youth substance use.
Application for Evergreen Public Schools to serve as the applicant and fiscal agent on behalf of Connect Evergreen Coalition. Connect Evergreen Coalition partnered with PREVENT! Coalition of Clark County through the Drug Free Communities Mentoring Program. This collaboration allowed in-depth training for coalition members on the Strategic Prevention Framework, Environmental Strategies, Building Coalition Capacity, recruitment of the the 12 Sector Representatives and the development of a strategic action plan. Coalition members were able to attend and graduate from the CADCA National Leadership Academy. Coalition members attended the CADCA National Leadership Forum. By receiving the DFC Grant, Connect Evergreen will continue to build capacity for prevention work and reduce substance abuse in the the Evergreen School District and the community that it supports.
Stoughton Wellness Coalition will work to reduce youth substance use by implementing the following goals. DFC Goal One: Increase community collaboration Objective 1: Increase the capacity of the Stoughton Wellness Coalition by recruiting 3 additional members at large and 1 additional Youth representative by September 29, 2018, as measured by the membership list. DFC Goal Two: Reduce youth substance use Objective 1: Reduce 30-day alcohol use by 3% by September 29, 2018 in youth ages 12-18 as measured by YRBS data. Objective 2: Reduce 30-Day use of prescription drugs by 2% by September 29, 2018 in youth ages 12-18 as measured by YRBS data.