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Project REACH Drug-Free Community Coalition

United to Develop Healthy and Successful Youths and Families

Project REACH (Reaching and Educating Adolescents- Tobacco, drugs and alcohol- through Changing Habits) Coalition’s impact area is the Westside corridor of the San Antonio Enterprise/Empowerment zones. This consists of zip codes 78237 and 78226 with an area of 14.51 square miles.

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) initiative is a community-wide effort to decrease alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use among Greater Sanford’s youth and adults. It involves youths, parents, business leaders, police officers, schools, faith communities, health care providers, and others.

Additionally, it is a federally funded grant initiative that provides funding to community-based coalitions such as the Sanford Strong Coalition, which is dedicated to preventing youth substance use. Since the DFC Act was passed in 1997, the DFC initiatives has funded nearly 2,000 coalitions. It currently mobilizes nearly 9,000 community volunteers. The DFC program’s aim is two-fold:

1. To Strengthen Collaboration Among Community Entities
2. To Reduce Substance Use Among the Youth

Recent data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate increases in youth prescription abuse as well as marijuana, ecstasy, and methamphetamine use. With this said, the DFC Program is needed more than ever in communities across the country to help prevent drug use and reduce its consequence.

Drug problems manifest in local communities as well as in our schools, churches, health centers, and homes. The Project REACH DFC Program helps local leaders organize to identify the youth drug issues specific to our community and develop the infrastructures necessary to effectively prevent and respond to the disease of addiction.

According to recent evaluation data, where DFC dollars are invested, youth substance use is lower. Moreover, DFC-funded communities have achieved significant reductions in youth alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use since 2005.

This initiative’s work is based on the belief that the best way to combat substance abuse is by building a community that advocates developmental assets or conditions that promote:

  • A Youth-Focused Outlook
  • Caring Neighborhoods
  • Creative Outlets for the Youth
  • Positive Values and Identity
  • Social Competencies, Critical Skills, and Social Conditions
  • Supportive Families

The Drug-Free Communities Action Plan guides the DFC’s substance abuse prevention work.

Community Sectors

  • Businesses
  • Civic/Volunteer Organizations
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Law Enforcement
  • Media
  • Parents
  • Religious/Fraternal Organizations
  • Schools
  • State/Local/Tribal Government
  • Substance Abuse Organizations
  • Youth-Serving Organizations
  • Youths (18 Years Old or Younger)

The Coalition’s Responsibilities

  • Continue to Increase the Coalition’s New Membership
  • Create a Credible and Relevant Sustainability Plan That Includes Volunteer Membership and Resources (Both Financial and Material)
  • Create and Follow By-Laws and Policies
  • Formulate Coalition Goals and Objectives
  • Oversee Operations of Activities, Programs, and Any Paid Staff (DFC-Funded)
  • Respect the Rights of Coalition Members to Hold Their Own Opinions and Beliefs

Coalition Member Responsibilities

  • Attend Coalition Meetings, Which Are Held on a Monthly Basis
  • Attend Coalition-Sponsored Trainings, Community Events, and Town Hall Meetings
  • Be a Positive Role Model for Families, Youths and Peers
  • Contribute to the Strategic Planning Process
  • Ensure the Communication Between the Sector Represented and the Coalition is Clear
  • Participate in a Minimum of One Subcommittee
  • Participate in Sustaining the Coalition’s Capacity, Involvement, and Energy
  • Participate in the DFC Work Station, a Communication Vehicle Used by DFC Federal Partners to Provide Coalitions With Timely Information
  • Prevent Youth Substance Use Through Environmental Strategies
  • Serve as a Community Leader Amongst the Represented Sector
  • Support the Coalition’s Mission

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