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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2009
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Substance Abuse Prevention Grants Awarded
Lincoln—Nine communities will receive a total of $300,493 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 goals of the funded activities are to decrease the number of youth who engage in substance abuse and/or violence; delay the age when youth begin to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs; improve academic achievement; promote adult/youth relationships; and provide community supports for youth both before and after school.
“Substance abuse among our young people is a serious problem in Nebraska, as elsewhere,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer. “These grants will enable communities in Nebraska to address this problem with programs specifically targeted to youth.”
|Oasis Counseling International
||Expansion of Befriend program to Hispanic youth and outlying communities |
|GLW Children’s Council, Inc.
||Garfield, Loup, Wheeler Counties
||Decrease number of youth who engage in substance abuse |
|North Central District Health Department
||Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce, Rock counties
||2 Youth Leadership Training Summits in north-central Nebraska |
|Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters
||Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson counties
||Mentoring at-risk youth |
|Indian Center, Inc.
||Implement the “Empowering Opportunities through Cultural Community” project |
Note: For more information about individual projects, contact the following:
Oasis Counseling International: Dr. Mark Stortvedt (402) 379-2030
GLW Children’s Council: Trisha Crandall (308) 346-4284
North Central District Health Department: Camille Ohri (402) 336-2406
Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters: Dana Burger (402) 464-2227
Indian Center Inc: Clyde Tyndall (402) 438-5231, ext. 114
South Central Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition: Wendy Keele (402) 463-0524
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands: Nancy Thompson (402) 505-8028
Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board: Denise Zwiener (308) 865-2280
Banner County Prevention Coalition: Marie Parker (308) 436-5262