KNOX COUNTY — Recently, Prevention Action Alliance out of Columbus awarded $114,000 in grants to improve youth-led prevention development throughout the state of Ohio with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
“Every day our youth are bombarded with messages that portray teens like them as people who misuse drugs and engage in other risky behavior,” said Marcie Seidel, executive director of Prevention Action Alliance. “Those messages, though false, set expectations for our youth that make drug use seem normal.”
These grants will provide ongoing development opportunities in every region of Ohio and will give over 12 organizations, TAC being one of them, year-round support to implement plans for empowering youth to prevent substance misuse among their peers.
Teen Advisory Council, Knox County’s youth-led prevention group, was awarded $2,000 to strengthen its skills in engaging youth, creating positive youth development and promoting youth empowerment. Through grant-sponsored trainings, TAC will develop evidence-based plans for engaging and empowering youth to prevent substance misuse and ultimately, create positive leadership characteristics within TAC members.
Prevention Action Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Columbus dedicated to leading healthy communities in the prevention of substance misuse and the promotion of mental health wellness. The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network, a program of Prevention Action Alliance, supports and connects adults and youth to build and expand youth-led prevention programs. To learn more, visit www.preventionactionalliance.org.