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Grant targets youth substance abuse


Coalition partners in Oregon City Together will get $125,000 annually for the next five years, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, which recently awarded a Drug Free Communities Support Program grant in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Coalition Coordinator Elizabeth Russell said the successful grant application would not have been possible without the support of the city of Oregon City and Mayor Doug Neeley; the Clackamas County Division of Children, Youth & Families; and the Oregon City School District. Collaboration among these entities supported OC Together in writing and advocating for this program.

The goals of the coalition include establishing and strengthening community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. Organizers will develop a Youth Advisory Council and a Parents and Mentors Alliance to provide information to parents and youth on the risks of underage drinking.

Oregon City Together organizers hope to develop a plan for a Community Youth Center and will lobby local governments to implement ordinances and issue proclamations designed to protect and inform the community.