The Livingston County Community (LCCA) is a county-wide coalition that seeks to unite the Livingston County community to reduce and prevent youth substance use and to live a safe and drug-free lifestyle. The LCCA is applying for DFC funding to increase community collaboration within Livingston County, as well as reduce 7th and 9th grade reported past 30-day use, increased perceived risk, increase peer disapproval, and increase parental disapproval of alcohol, prescription drugs, and youth marijuana use, between from September 30, 2017-September 29, 2022. We will utilize the seven strategies for community level change to increase community collaboration by: Providing support in the community, Enhance knowledge and skills, Provide information to the community and coalition partners, Change the consequences/incentives, Provide support for youth, and Enhance skills of youth. We will utilize the seven strategies to decrease 7th and 9th grade youth past 30-day alcohol use, increase perceived risk, increase peer disapproval, and increase parental disapproval by: reducing access and enhancing barriers for parents, reducing access and enhancing barriers in the community, change consequences in the community, provide information to youth, and provide information to parents and community members. We will utilize the seven strategies for community level change to decrease 7th and 9th grade youth past 30-day prescription drug abuse, increase perceived risk, increase peer disapproval, and increase parental disapproval of use by: reducing access and enhancing barriers in the community, provide information to youth, provide support for youth, modifying and changing policies, and providing information to the community. We will utilize the seven strategies for community level change to decrease 7th and 9th grade youth past 30-day marijuana use, increase perceived risk, increase peer disapproval, and increase parental disapproval of use by: providing information to youth, enhancing skills of parents, provide information to parents and community members,change the physical design of the community, and change consequences in the community. With the assistance from an evaluator, we will track our changes and monitor our progress on each of our goals and will modify strategies and specific activities if necessary. The LCCA will remain culturally competent.
Old Colony Y through through the Easton Wings of Hope Coalition is proposing to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition has developed a comprehensive 12 month action plan to impact specifically marijuana and alcohol use in 7th through 12th graders with strategies that include: increasing coalition capacity through training and development, yearly assessment and analysis of youth substance use in Easton, education through community programming, youth leadership development, implementing a marketing campaign around positive social norms, community environmental strategies to decrease marijuana and alcohol strategies, and Shoulder Tap Strategies to prevent alcohol sales to minors.
Dubois County Coalition for Adolescent Resilience and Empowerment Strategies (CARES) is seeking five year funding from SAMHSA for a Drug Free Communities Support Grant (FOA SP-17-001). If funded, this grant will allow us to build capacity within our coalition so we can enact cultural change to lower substance use among youth. Capacity building efforts will include training for coalition Sector Reps, Members, and partner agencies. It will also help us to promote CARES within our county to additional stakeholders so that our coalition continues to grow. Currently, we have 12 Sector Reps, four executive leaders, and 34 additional members, representing over 25 different partner agencies. Our people are from every geographical, cultural, and socio-economic area in our county, including diversity of ages, gender, religion, capabilities, and other differences. Our people are also active in numerous other community organizations which broadens our net of influence. With this grant, we'll be able to host high quality trainings and workshops to build understanding of the problems related to youth substance use and build collaboration to effect change. We seek to change the culture behind youth substance use in our county. Dubois County is primarily a white, German-Catholic community, with a large economic gap between the rich and the poor. All segments of our county have substance use issues. The primary substances used among youth and adults are alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, and opiates. Our German/Catholic culture encourages significant alcohol consumption among all ages and it is common for people to become vocal against law enforcement when anyone is arrested for substance use. The most common comment made is, ""Don't police have anything better to do than arrest for (insert substance here)?"" CARES seeks to change that culture so that parents, youth, and general public understand the effects of substance use among youth, especially alcohol and marijuana. To enact change, if funded, we plan to work with school administrators to change school drug policies so they are enforced and serve as a barrier to substance use. We also plan to work with city officials to adopt ordinances that prohibit alcohol consumption on city property. Currently, there are significant tail-gating parties at sports events in city parking lots adjacent to sports arenas. With signage to post the new ordinances and the social marketing efforts we propose, we hope to curtail public intoxication and educate people about the signal of acceptance they send when drinking in front of youth. Obviously, we'll need significant dollars to educate the public, parents, and youth about the dangers of substance use. Funds will be used for posters, signs, trainings, and annual meeting (open to the public) to help get our message understood and embraced. We'll also need funding to promote our activities and to conduct a social media campaign of ""Talk, They Hear You"". Grant funds will also be used to obtain and analyze data from a wide variety of sources, including the youth themselves, parents, and general public. We plan to hire a consulting firm to conduct the evaluation of our efforts to assure program fiduciary. We also intend to use funds to disseminate information about our progress, upcoming events, and further solicit community involvement. Information will be disseminated through a wide range of efforts, including presentations to various audiences by our Sector Reps, an annual meeting open to the public, quarterly newsletters, ongoing social media posts, press releases, and a written annual report. Coordination of all of the above will be key to assuring our success. CARES has chosen TRI-CAP to be the fiscal agent for our grant. TRI-CAP has been a community action agency for over 50 years, managing nearly $5000,000 annually in federal, state, and local grants.
Webster County represents a constituency which is typical in nature to many rural, primarily agricultural, communities with the exceptions of its high poverty rate (70% overall above 200% poverty index), high drug related incidences by youth(as reported by the 2016 KIP Student Survey for 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders)and community members (as reported by law enforcement statistics and community member interviews,a 17% increase in the Hispanic demographic over the past seven years, and limited drug prevention programs or resources within the community at large. Webster County would be a first-time recipient of a Drug Free Communities Grant. With the growing needs as identified above, the Webster County communities would utilize these funds to create new and innovative approaches to substance abuse prevention. Students and community members have identified alcohol, tobacco and marijuana as the ""drugs of choice"" and the most prevalent abused substances in the community. The Webster County Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Coalition (WC KY-ASAP) in collaboration with the Webster County Board of Education have outlined a detailed 12 month Action Plan to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth and community substance abuse. The plan includes the creation of the Webster County ""True Blue"" Crew which will include representation from all twelve community sectors. The ""True Blue"" Crew will be committed to working together to promote a drug free Webster County. The Coalition's ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community Action Plan proposal will achieve its goals by implementing the following strategies: *Provide Information: The Coalition will utilize a newly created ""True Blue"" website, county proclamations, town hall meetings, brochures and other media outlets to promote the Coalition and the Webster County ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community mission. *Enhance Skills: The Coalition will provide training workshops and activities designed to increase the skills of community members, students and staff through Character Counts and Life Skills Curriculum as well as ATOD training. *Provide Support: The Coalition will create opportunities for participation in activities such as Fifth Quarter, Truth and Consequences, Supt2Kids Advisory Councils, teen leadership conferences, and town hall meetings and forums. *Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers: The Coalition will provide opportunities for all residents to participate in ""True Blue"" activities by hosting events in all four major townships in the county. *Change Consequences: The Coalition will support law enforcement's efforts to curb substance abuse by providing incentives to law enforcement to reward positive student and community member behaviors. *Change Physical Design: The Coalition will collaborate with Webster County Schools to provide a ""True Blue"" School/Community Resource Liaison on the middle and high school campus. *Modify/Change Policies: The Coalition will advocate for a ""smoke free"" Webster County and reward local businesses for adopting smoke-free policies. Additionally, the Coalition's ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community Action Plan will address risk and protective factors through the utilization of a community-wide ""Character Counts"" campaign. The ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community will establish a new and creative approach toward drug prevention that will positively change the Webster County community behavior and environment.
The South Mountain WORKS Coalition’s targeted region is the South Mountain community in the larger Phoenix metropolitan area of the state of Arizona. The Coalition will work towards reducing youth substance use by increasing community collaboration; increasing youth, parent, and community member perception of the risks of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs; reducing youth access to alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs; and increasing parent-child communication surrounding the dangers of youth substance use. These goals will be addressed by providing information and enhancing skills on the risks of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs through research and/or evidence-based education curriculums targeting youth, parent and community members; capacity building strategies for meaningful recruitment and engagement of coalition members and sectors; traditional and social media strategies to increase the perception of risk and reduce youth access; environmental strategies to provide information, change physical design and reduce youth access and perception of risk; policy change and advocacy efforts on the consequences of youth access to alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. These strategies will be data driven through survey collection from youth, parents, adults, and community members on the risk, perception, access, and use of youth substances.
Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition is submitting for the Drug Free Communities Grant to increase youth prevention efforts for Tobacco, Prescription Drugs and Alcohol. Funding for the DFC grant proposes to target prevention efforts concerning youth alcohol, tobacco and prescription drug use. The coalition feels strongly that each substance presents a problem to the community and needs to be addressed. With extra support, the Coalition feels that it will be able to build off of the foundation it has built. Though this project we will: Expand the coalition’s leadership skills and education by providing opportunities for coalition members to attend training, provide assistance in data dissemination to community members and the organization, Assess and plan with law enforcement and local owners on the best way to increase the best practices for the sales, promotion and store placement, and increase the support and awareness in schools and within the community surrounding the severity of substance abuse among youth with a particular focus on alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs.
The Upriver Youth Leadership Coalition will utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework to strengthen community collaboration and infrastructure around youth alcohol and marijuana use in Kamiah, Idaho. Kamiah is a small frontier town located in central Idaho with a population of about 4500 within the 83536 zip code. Kamiah is located in two counties (Idaho and Lewis) and is on the Nez Perce Tribe Reservation. The mission of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council is to empower youth and adults to build a heathier community through prevention leadership. The three primary goals of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council are to: 1. Foster leadership and resilience skills in our community youth. 2. Prevent the initiation of youth substance use. 3. Build a collaborative, sustainable community-wide prevention infrastructure. Partners include: healthcare, law enforcement, school, media, churches, government entities, Nez Perce Tribe, youth serving organizations, business owners, civic organizations, youth and parents UYLC uses the Strategic Prevention Framework to address substance abuse issues in our community. The issues UYLC are specifically addressing with the 2017 DFC application are: Youth Alcohol Use: Grades 6-12 past year use rates for alcohol (28.5%); past 30 day use rates (16.1%) How? --Reduce access to alcohol; increase perception of harm of underage drinking. Youth Marijuana Use: Grades 6-12 past year use rates for marijuana (17.3%); past 30 day use rates (8.6%) How? --Reduce access to marijuana; increase perception of harm of using marijuana. UYLC will utilize the seven strategies for environmental change in the comprehensive 12-month action plan. UYLC has a data driven evaluation plan to evaluate the effectiveness of meeting the objectives in the 12 month action plan that address the local conditions.
Impact Norwood is a community coalition, in Norwood, Massachusetts, working to prevent and reduce youth substance use with data driven prevention strategies. Norwood is a suburb southeast of Boston with 28,602 residents. The coalition is comprised of community members, policy makers, community leaders, youth, parents, civic groups, and school, health and police officials, all representing Norwood’s diverse population. Collaboratively, the members aim to decrease the risk factors indicated in substance use and increase the protective factors to empower Norwood’s youth to make healthy and safe choices. Through environmental and sustainable strategies, Impact Norwood will focus on youth alcohol and marijuana uses as priorities. Examples of strategies include educating through information dissemination, and formal evidence-based education with a focus on community/parent education and youth. Additional strategies include limiting access to substances through policy change and increased enforcement efforts, as well as changing the culture and contexts within which decisions are made about substance use by influencing social norms for healthy behaviors and changing the consequences associated with use.
The Prevention Education for East Ramapo (PEER) Coalition will engage Rockland County students and families within the boundaries of the East Ramapo Central School District. This is a vibrant community that is economically, racially and culturally diverse. East Ramapo’s public school population breaks down into the following demographic categories: 47% Black/African American (of which approximately 30% are of Haitian descent); 41% Latino/Hispanic; 6% White; 6% Asian. ESL students make up 23%, and special education students account for 25% of the population. The East Ramapo Central School District serves a community of approximately 126,000 residents. Almost 18% of the community’s population lives below the poverty level. This poverty is reflected in the schools, where 10% of local children had neither parent in the work force, and 13% live in extreme poverty, with family incomes less than 50% of the federal poverty level. At some schools, almost three quarters of the students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch. The overall community has experienced substantial growth in the newly-immigrated, foreign-born population, and of non-English speakers. The PEER Coalition is well aware of the need for prevention strategies in the community, as evidenced by the PRIDE Survey and other youth substance abuse data collected by the Coalition. The data throughout this proposal will demonstrate that the PEER Coalition serves a community with great needs. PEER is concluding a two-year DFC mentoring process. We are confident that we now have the proper training and technical assistance for the PEER Coalition to become a powerful change agent in our community, improving the health and wellbeing of youth in East Ramapo. We have become trusted in the community and respected for our inclusive approach in a community where many feel shut out. The coalition has identified alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use as the priority substances to be addressed in this project. PEER has planned activities in the 12-month Action Plan to address each of the targeted substances utilizing the seven strategies for community change. Given the youth-perceived easy access to alcohol, PEER plans to education retailers about the dangers of youth alcohol use. PEER will develop packets of information for retailers that encourages employees to verify IDs when customers make alcohol purchases, and will work with local law enforcement to conduct compliance checks on local retailers to ensure they are properly enforcing these policies. Additionally, PEER has planned community awareness campaigns including “Parents Who Host Lost the Most” and “Sticker Shock.” To combat youth marijuana use, PEER plans to increase community awareness with Red Ribbon Week activities. Since heroin use frequently follows prescription drug abuse, PEER plans to institute a regular Prescription Drug Take Back event, in order to keep dangerous substances out of the hands of our children. We also plan to continue and intensify our extensive coordination and collaboration with law enforcement efforts to combat the ongoing local heroin epidemic. To increase the youth perception of risk or harm of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs, PEER plans educational events in the local schools to increase student awareness of these issues.
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 Cincinnati for HOPE (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Efforts) Coalition, the applicant coalition
The Sumter Community Action Partnership (Sumter CAP) will work to prevent and reduce youth substance use in Sumter County, Florida. The mission of Sumter CAP is a Drug Free Coalition which works collaboratively with community partners to develop, implement, and promote innovative, sustainable substance free prevention strategies, as well as to educate families within Sumter County, to ensure a safe, substance free, and healthy environment for all our teens and families. Sumter CAP has over 50 Coalition members from the 12 sectors required of a community anti-drug Coalition by SAMHSA and utilizes the Strategic Prevention Framework to guide coalition work. Membership is diverse representing the different cultures in Sumter County, and does not discriminate against our membership or community. If awarded, we will increase our efforts to reduce and prevent youth substance use in Sumter County and the improve the local conditions contributing to that use. Using the Strategic Prevention Framework, Sumter CAP has collected information from local and statewide sources to develop a clear understanding of the county’s substance abuse issues, including both qualitative and quantitative data. Sumter CAP will be focusing efforts on middle and high school aged students (ages 11-17) to prevent and reduce alcohol, marijuana, and illicit prescription drug use. Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among youth, followed by marijuana use. Prescription drug rates among Sumter middle and high school students are higher than Statewide averages, and is an increasing concern among families. We will be focusing on the areas in the county where youth live and go to school, including the many rural pockets of the community. At the start of the 2016/17 school year, there were roughly 4,365 students in 6th through 12th grade, largely outside of The Villages, in the cities of Bushnell, Webster, Center Hill, Wildwood, Coleman, and the unincorporated areas. To reduce and prevent youth alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use, we will implement 12-month action plans that work to increase coalition capacity and implement community change strategies. Projects include: attended national trainings; providing trainings for our membership and community; sharing coalition information and alcohol and other drug data throughout the community through numerous outlets; monitoring alcohol and other drug related data in the county, state, and nation; implementing social norming programs for youth including alcohol and drug fee events; a campaign aimed at older siblings who are providing youth with alcohol and marijuana; parents who are allowing youth to drink in their homes; an educational onetime class on the laws regarding alcohol and drug use; parent workshops; compliance check operations, working with alcohol vendors to decrease alcohol signage and increase prevention signage; educating the community on medical marijuana concerns; providing safe disposal options for prescription drugs, and other outreach activities such as Red Ribbon Week and Town Hall Meetings. Sumter CAP will monitor and evaluate coalition progress and outcomes as well as 4 core measure changes throughout all phases of implementation. Sumter CAP has the support of numerous community organizations that, working together, will help achieve successful implementation of the DFC grant. The fiscal agency for Sumter CAP, E3 Family Solutions, has been working in Sumter County on prevention initiatives since 2010. Sumter County is a community that is ready to make positive environmental change and increase the health and safety of youth. Through the formation of Sumter CAP, organizations have come together to lower the risk factors and increase the protective factors among Sumter County youth and families. Evidenced by the high levels of participation (over 50 members to date), addressing youth substance use issues and the consequences related to use is now recognized as a leading need of Sumter