Westchester Coalition’s meet with U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey

On September 10th, seven agencies in Westchester County that received $125,000 in federal grants for anti-substance-abuse initiatives met with U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, at the Ossining library where Rep. Lowey announce the award recipients which consist of Ossining Communities That Care, Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth; Parents and Community Together of Pelham; Port Chester Cares Community Coalition; Supporting Ardsley Youth and Families Coalition; Larchmont-Mamaroneck Responsible Action: Drug and Alcohol Resource Coalition; and White Plains Community That Cares.
We are very grateful for the support that Ardsley and other Westchester Coalitions have received from Rep. Nita Lowey, her dedication to prevention is greatly appreciated especially in a time where a lot of the focus has turned to treatment not prevention. Lowey also expressed her gratitude to the organizations on what she referred to as the “front lines” of substance abuse prevention. “That’s why the money is so important,” Lowey said. “You really have to reach out to the kids, talk to the kids because parents are so desperate for help.”  The $875,000 was awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy Drug-Free Communities Program. Since 1998, ONDCP has given more than 2,000 Drug-Free Communities grants nationwide.
Ardsley is entering our second year of funding, and the money will make a difference in our community. Year one was focused on the training necessary to be a successful and a sustainable coalition. In year two we are planning a major media campaign starting with the Public Service Announcement that was created by our Teen Youth Leadership group. Look for our prevention message throughout the year.

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The Ardsley SAYF Coalition consists of community members dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Ardsley's youth. Our vision is to create a community where our youth have the tools and the confidence needed to make healthy substance-free decisions for themselves. The Ardsley SAYF Coalition is a member of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America).