WARD 5 DRUG-FREE COALITION

MISSION
The mission of the Ward 5 Drug Free Coalition is to educate youth and their families about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in order to make healthy lifestyle choices. In partnership with the local community, we develop and promote the adoption of policies, programs and procedures that will reduce the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the community.

GOAL
To actively engage Ward 5 Coalition Sector Members and Partners to develop and implement strategies and events that promote healthy, drug-free life style choices for youth and their families.

OBJECTIVES
  • Work with residents, community organizations, parents, youth, local businesses, schools, elected officials, and other leaders to provide healthy activities and alternatives to underage drinking and substance use and abuse.
  • Update the community assessment & collect current core measures data
  • Encourage members & partners to advocate for policy and environmental changes that promotes a healthy, drug-free and violence-free community
  • Educate the community about the dangers of K-2 Spice (synthetic marijuana) alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.Use social media to create positive living alcohol & drug-free messages for youth
  • Provide opportunities for youth through civic engagement to positively effect change in their community.
HISTORY OF COALITION
Starting out as an ad hoc group of APRA’s Citywide Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (2006 – 2009) and then building off of recent work of the Michigan Park CDC, the Ward 5 Drug-Free Coalition was formed in late 2013 to bring together key community leaders, parents, youth, businesses, schools, government officials and other stakeholders to collaborate on the prevention of youth substance use.  We received our first federal grant funding, the ONDCP/SAMHSA Drug-Free Communities Grant, effective Oct. 1, 2014.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The Coalition membership and partnerships consist of a diverse cross-section of Ward 5 community stakeholders, including churches, businesses, schools, ANC Commissioners, media, healthcare providers, civic organizations, local government agencies, MPD, parents, youth and youth serving organizations.
 
For more information about the Coalition please contact Marsha K. Middleton at (202) 438-3019 or marsha19kaye@yahoo.com   

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