Applications are now being accepted for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Mentoring program grants. In their announcement on Tuesday, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) said that more than $1.1 million is available for new DFC Mentoring grants and that an estimated 15 new Mentoring grants will be awarded (up to $75,000 per grant, per year).
For many Detroit, Mich. teens, pot is all relative. When it's your relatives—your aunts, uncles, parents, and grandparents—with the joint in their hand, just saying no isn't always easy. That's why three years ago, the Detroit Recovery Project Coalition began the Love Detroit Youth Initiative as a way to intervene in the destructive path many youth in the area were taking and to change community norms.
Teens and young adults who are heavy marijuana users are more likely than non-users to have disrupted brain development, according to a new study that appeared last month in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.
While some illicit drugs are on the decline, according to the 2009 Monitoring the Future survey, inhalants are the number one drug of choice by "tweens" and middle schoolers. National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week (NIPAW), held March 14-20, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of inhalants and to get your community engaged on this issue.Issues: Over the Counter Drug Abuse
Representatives Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) have come together to co-chair a new Congressional Caucus on Youth Drug Prevention. The mission of this new caucus is to: educate members of Congress about the benefits of youth drug prevention; raise awareness about the consequences of youth drug use among children, parents and families; raise awareness about the effectiveness of comprehensive, community-wide approaches; and ensure that substance use/abuse prevention is included in all appropriate authorizing and appropriations legislation, and garner support for such legislation. Please call the Capitol Switch Board at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your member of Congress' office and ask that they join the Congressional Caucus on Youth Drug Prevention.
The Department of Education (ED)'s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is offering grants for effective university-based initiatives that prevent alcohol and other drug use on college campuses. Grants are available under the "Models of Exemplary, Effective and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses" program.Issues: College Drinking
Want to receive useful tools such as a Flip Cam to document footage of your coalition's work in the community, an iPod to stay up-to-date on prevention podcasts, a digital camera to take pictures of your coalition in action or books on social media to help your coalition? Participate in Connected Communities Activities beginning Thursday, February 25, and you could receive of one of these handy items.
While many were able to attend CADCA's 20th Annual National Leadership Forum earlier this month, there were many who unfortunately did not make it due to the blizzard that swept the Washington, D.C. area. While CADCA's cancellation policy does not permit refunds after Jan. 29, due to the historic nature of this snow storm CADCA is working with its Board of Directors and its insurance company to address requests for refunds.
Last week's historic blizzard may have shut down the federal government, but it didn't stop community coalition leaders from attending the country's leading conference for substance abuse prevention. About 1800 coalition leaders, community sector members and others from across the United States and several countries braved long layovers, multiple flights and slick roads to come to CADCA's 20th Anniversary National Leadership Forum.
At last week's 20th Anniversary Forum, CADCA launched a series of 14 Web-based training courses focusing on the core competencies of community problem solving.