HC3 receives prevention grant

COLUMBUS—Prevention Action Alliance awarded $114,000 in grants to improve youth-led prevention development throughout the state of Ohio during the 2018 fiscal year, including one in Fulton County.

“Every day our youth are bombarded with messages that portray teens like them as people who misuse drugs and engage in other risky behavior,” said Marcie Seidel, Executive Director of Prevention Action Alliance. “Those messages, though false, set expectations for our youth that make drug use seem normal.”

The grants will establish four regional, youth-led training academies to support the professional development and workforce capacity of youth-led prevention as well as to provide resources and networking opportunities to youth-led prevention organizations.

Those four grants of $22,500 each were awarded to

· Beth Thomas, with the Fulton County Health Department in Wauseon

· Mollie Stevens, with Impact Prevention in South Point

· Cheryl Sells, with CompDrug in Columbus

· Julianna Fellows, with Crossroads in Mentor

“Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3), as part of the Fulton County Health Department, are honored to have received this funding to support our continued work to develop regional partners to engage, inspire, and empower our young people to create the change they wish to see in our area” commented Beth Thomas, HC3 Program Director. “Any agency or organization working with young people are welcome to join our partnership as we create regional opportunities to help our young people to determine strategies to address substance use issues in our region.”

To learn more about HC3’s regional efforts, please contact HC3 staff at 419 337 0915 or by email at HC3Partnership@gmail.com.

The grants also provide $2,000 grants to 12 organizations to strengthen their skills in engaging with youth, positive youth development, and youth empowerment. The grantee organizations will develop evidence-based plans for empowering and engaging with youth to prevent substance misuse. To assist in those plans, the grants provide both technical assistance and professional development.

Prevention Action Alliance is a 510(c)3 nonprofit based in Columbus, Ohio dedicated to leading healthy communities in the prevention of substance misuse and the promotion of mental health wellness. The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network, a program of Prevention Action Alliance, supports and connects adults and youth to build and expand youth-led prevention programs. To learn more, visit www.preventionactionalliance.org.

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