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Sep 30, 2013

The Opportunity Alliance Awarded Federal Drug Free Community Grant

Grant Allows Mentoring for Substance Abuse Prevention in Youth

For Immediate Release

 

Contact:           James Gemmell

Director of Communications, The Opportunity Alliance

                        207.523-5014;  jim.gemmell@opportunityalliance.org

 

CONTACT: Jim Gemmell, The Opportunity Alliance

523-5014, jim.gemmell@opportunityalliance.org

 

For Immediate Release – September 30, 2013

 

The Opportunity Alliance Awarded Federal Drug Free Community Grant

Grant Allows Mentoring for Substance Abuse Prevention in Youth

(Portland) – The Opportunity Alliance has been awarded a federal Drug Free Communities Mentoring Grant of more than $57,000. The grant will fund the Rivers Region Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to work with Westbrook Communities That Care (WCTC). The Rivers Region Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is an initiative of The Opportunity Alliance’s Communities Promoting Health Coalition.  The Rivers Region Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is a thriving coalition serving the five cities and towns of Cape Elizabeth, Gorham, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook, Maine.  The coalition’s primary goals are to reduce substance use and misuse by youth 18 and under in our community, and to strengthen collaboration between key community entities for a safer, healthier, drug-free community.  Coalition members include dedicated parents, youth, school and university staff and administrators, law enforcement personnel, community groups, youth-serving organizations, business owners, and other community stakeholders.  To impact youth substance use, the coalition implements environmental-level strategies that influence community norms, local policies and availability of substances.

 

The grant supports a part-time coordinator, training opportunities for WCTC work group members, mentorship support, and allows for current financial resources to be redirected toward strategies aimed at reducing problem youth behaviors and supporting positive youth development – WCTC's focus areas.  

 

WCTC is an important part of the Westbrook Children's Project's overarching goal of increasing the number of students in Westbrook who graduate ready for success.

 

For more information on any aspect of this story, please contact: Jim Gemmell, Director of Communications: 207-523-5014, jim.gemmell@opportunityalliance.org

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