FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 13, 2020
The Police Activities League of Massena has been awarded $1,500,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to complete a five year “Partnerships for Success” project funded under the Strategic Prevention Framework funding opportunity.
The Partnerships for Success Project is set to collaborate with the Massena Central School District, Massena Drug Free Coalition and the Seaway Valley Prevention center to achieve a set of strategic goals to identify at-risk youth in grades 4-12 and offer out of school interactive learning activities to prepare them to make healthy choices and resist peer influence. Collaborating with community partners, Massena PAL will train its staff and local school personnel using Evidence based programming to increase its efforts towards substance abuse prevention.
Massena PAL has established a set of clear and strategic goals which will be accomplished over the course of the next five years.
1.) to reduce alcohol, marijuana and cannabis product and e-cigarette use among Massena youth, by addressing behaviors that may lead to the initiation of use;
2.) to increase the capacity of community-level and school personnel to reduce youth high-risk behaviors that may contribute to the onset and progression of substance use; and,
3.) to increase the capacity of the organization, school district and community partners to reduce high risk behaviors of youth that may contribute to the initiation and progression of substance abuse.
This is a great opportunity for not only our organization and PAL Youth, but for the Massena community as a whole. This project allows us to expand the reach of our program to additional youth, during a time when it’s needed the most, launched in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our staff is focused on improving the lives of our PAL youth, and when they do that, we make Massena a better place to live. This grant fits perfectly into that mission and we are anxious to expand our programming to address these serious issues.
Contact us to learn how you can support Massena PAL’s efforts.