Substance Abuse Prevention

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The Office on Youth works with Greater Augusta Prevention Partners (GAPP) to coordinate community-wide substance abuse prevention efforts throughout our community.  GAPP works to support community efforts to provide youth with resources to help them make positive decisions for their lives.

GAPP’s mission is “to create and implement intentional strategies to prevent youth from involvement in criminal gang activity, drug use, violence and other risky behaviors, to foster a stronger healthier community for our youth.”

GAPP initiatives include:

  • anti-drug media campaigns,
  • educational presentations,
  • assistance with Drug Take Back Days,
  • advocating for anti-drug legislation,
  • supporting high school Student Against Destructive Decision clubs,
  • town Hall meetings
  • data collection and assessment
  • and more…

 

Who Should Participate

Anyone interested in reducing youth substance abuse in our community especially, parents, business owners, newspaper and television reporters, school personnel, SADD club sponsors, prom and homecoming chairpersons, guidance counselors, PTO officers, law enforcement and probation officers, government employees, political officials, clergy members, mental health professionals, healthcare workers, recovering addicts, and representatives from other youth-serving organizations.

To attend a meeting or learn more about the GAPP Coalition call Keri Jones, Coalition Coordinator at 540-332-3806 or email Keri.

 

More information

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