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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2009

CONTACT
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov

 

Substance Abuse Prevention Grant Awarded

Lincoln—The South Central Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will receive $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, for substance abuse prevention activities, primarily among school-age youth. The source of funding is the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

The funding will be used for a youth-led media campaign regarding underage drinking.


“Underage drinking can have serious social and economic costs and often tragic personal consequences,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer. “A media campaign has the potential to reach both kids and parents with the right messages.”


For more information about this project, contact Wendy Keele at (402) 463-0524.


Lincoln—Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands will receive $39,611 from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, for substance abuse prevention activities, primarily among school-age youth. The source of funding is the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization serves Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties. The funding will be used for mentoring at-risk youth.

“Mentoring has the potential to place children on the right path to leading fulfilling lives,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer. “Reaching kids who are most at risk will help them make good decisions about their life goals and relationships.”


For more information about this project, contact Nancy Thompson, (402) 505-8028.


Lincoln—The Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board will receive $30,000 from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, for substance abuse prevention activities, primarily among school-age youth. The source of funding is the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

The funding will be used for a media campaign to reduce underage drinking.

“Underage drinking can have serious social and economic costs and often tragic personal consequences,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer. “A media campaign can reach the kids most at risk and their parents.”


For more information about this project, contact Denise Zwiener, (308) 865-2280.


Lincoln—The Banner County Prevention Coalition will receive $20,200 from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, for substance abuse prevention activities, primarily among school-age youth. The source of funding is the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

The funding will be used to implement school curriculums to discourage underage drinking and bullying.

“Underage drinking can have serious social and economic costs and often tragic personal consequences,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer. “Bullying can seriously impact a child’s mental health and school performance. By addressing both these issues, the coalition can have a positive influence on the lives of children at risk.”


For more information about this project, contact Marie Parker, (308) 436-5262.

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