We’re working with our partners to reduce teen drug and alcohol abuse in our community.
The Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition and the City of Issaquah have received a grant of $125,000 for up to 10 years to make a difference in our community.
Starting this fall, the coalition will distribute 7,000 brochures about drug and alcohol prevention to parents of middle school and high school students throughout the Issaquah School District.
“This is wonderful news for our community,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said. “We are thrilled that the City of Issaquah could help in this effort as the fiscal agent, and we are proud to be a partner of the Issaquah Community Network.”
The grant application process is rigorous. Nationwide, 465 coalitions applied for new grants this year and, of these, only 147 were selected for funding. The federal Office of National Drug Control Policy recently announced the 2013 grant recipients.
“This grant will really enable us to make a positive difference in the greater Issaquah School District service area,” said Vicki Hoffman, chair of the Drug Free Community Coalition. “We are so excited for the community and for our kids.”
The coalition was formed in 2011 as a subcommittee of the Issaquah Community Network, a state-funded organization with a mission to support healthy youth and strong families.
“This grant award is the culmination of several years of work supported by a broad range of school, City and community people concerned about the health of our young people,” said Dianne Bugge, chair of the Issaquah Community Network. “We are thrilled to be recognized as an effective coalition. We expect this grant will make a huge difference in the lives of young people for many years to come.”
To learn more about the Issaquah Community Network, visit the organization’s website, and connect with it on Facebook and Twitter.