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UYLC nabs $625,000 drug-prevention grant

...'greater chance of reaching adolescents'



— The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC), working in collaboration with community partners, has been awarded a Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

This grant is a five-year grant of $625,000, beginning Sept. 29. DFC funded communities have proven to be more effective in addressing the complex social issues that play into drug use/abuse, and have demonstrated an increase in positive outcomes.

“The funding means that we will have a greater chance of reaching adolescents before they are exposed to drugs and alcohol, and diminish the risk of addiction, and increase the likelihood of success in school and beyond,” stated UYLC board member Sara Moffett.

One of the first priorities for the grant money will be to hire a full-time grant coordinator and a pro-social activity coordinator.

“This will provide us someone to oversee the day-to-day operations of this grant,” said UYLC secretary Tina Brotnov. “UYLC will also offer more community events, work to involve youth in more drug-prevention activities and develop more working relationships with businesses, schools, youth and parents.”

The mission of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council is promoting a healthy community for youth.

UYLC general meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, 7 a.m., at The Life Center, 4432 Highway 12, Kamiah. E-mail upriverlc@gmail.com.



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