Virginia ABC awards grant to Office on Youth to support alcohol education, prevention initiatives

va-abcThe Central Shenandoah Office on Youth was one of 11 Virginia organizations that received funding Tuesday from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through its inaugural Education & Prevention Grant Program. Virginia ABC hosted a reception at the agency’s regional office in Staunton to distribute checks of up to $8,000 to representatives from the organizations in support of their education and prevention projects.

The City of Waynesboro Office on Youth was awarded $6,350 for its “Youth Preventing Youth From Substance Abuse” campaign. Funding will be used to facilitate the creation of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) clubs in community high schools and to develop community-wide alcohol awareness events. As one of SADD’s tasks, club members will conduct Project Sticker Shock campaigns where youth volunteers place red, stop-sign-shaped stickers on cartons of beer and wine in area grocery stores reminding customers that it’s illegal to purchase alcohol for youth under the age of 21.

In the grant application, City of Waynesboro Grants Manager Joy Stultz wrote, “Underage drinking has been a historical problem in the city of Staunton, city of Waynesboro and Augusta County area. Alcohol is by far the drug of choice in our community.”

Virginia ABC received 28 applications for its Education & Prevention Grant Program, and the grant review committee chose 10 other recipients including:

“This is the first year ABC has offered the Education & Prevention Grant Program, and we were impressed with the number of high-quality proposals we received,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeff Painter. “These programs are innovative, have a long-lasting impact on the community, reach large numbers of citizens and encourage partnerships between organizations.”

The grant cycle runs through June 2015 and each organization has until then to implement its proposed program.