Page County Group Gets Six-Figure Grant
The Page Alliance for Community Action is one of two organizations in Virginia to receive a White House Drug Police Office Award this year. The coalition will be getting $625,000 over the next 5 years to continue its work preventing substance abuse among county youth.
The group works with Page County Public Schools and local law enforcement to educate students and crack down on those selling or giving alcohol and drugs to people who are underage, an issue that has become cyclical.
"You can definitely see where it impacts the young adults, and then it goes on, I mean you can see those young adults having kids and it impacts what those kids see," says program director, Megan Gordon.
The grant requires that groups focus their efforts on particular issues. The Page Alliance for Community Action will be focusing their education on tobacco, alcohol and prescription drug abuse. They will also be launching a media campaign, to reach across all impacted areas.
"Some of them understand it, but some of them see it as, it's those folks over there or over there, and we see it across all social, economical levels," commented chairperson, Bobbi Wells.