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Senator Murray Announces Nearly $200,000 to Keep Washington Youth Drug-Free

Sep 26 2002

Grants will enable Port Townsend and Coupeville to promote, implement drug prevention programs, mentoring

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $197,430 in federal grants to the Healthy Youth Coalition of Port Townsend and the Central Whidbey Youth Coalition. Awarded under the Safe and Drug-Free Communities Support Program, these funds will allow local community coalitions to provide treatment, mentoring, and family advocacy services to help keep young people off drugs.

"As a parent and former teacher, I know how important it is to protect our children from drugs and to act together to educate them on the dangers of drug use. That's why I'm proud to have helped bring federal funding to our local communities to help promote healthy lifestyles for our children," said Senator Murray.

The Healthy Youth Coalition, which serves Jefferson County, implements the Raising a Healthy Community Project, which provides treatment referrals and training in social skills and family management and resiliency to small family groups. The Central Whidbey Youth Coalition provides school-based tutoring and mentoring, family advocacy, and community awareness activities to the town of Coupeville.

The Healthy Youth Coalition and the Central Whidbey Youth Coalition are two of just seventy award recipients this year nationally. In total, there were 448 applicants for the Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants.