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The Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council (ESAPC) was awarded a $125,000 Drug Free Communities Support Program FY 2010 grant by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky says, “The grant will help…invaluable programs continue – from education efforts in our schools to intervention and parent support – so our young people can lead healthy, productive and substance-free lives into adulthood and old age.”

The goals of the coalition are to (1) establish and strengthen collaboration among Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council’s partner organizations in support of the community’s effort to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth; and (2) reduce substance abuse among Evanston youth and over time, among adults by addressing the issues in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

  The ESAPC will achieve its goals by implementing a range of environmental prevention strategies including expansion of the coalition, the Strength in Numbers social norms campaign, alcohol compliance checks, Parent Partnership Network, community adult education and local policy change initiatives.

The ESAPC’s mission is to increase the health of Evanston youth by preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use through community-level strategies. The Council was formed in 1984, following a roundtable discussion hosted by the Evanston Mental Health Board. The council’s purpose is to facilitate collaboration and coordination among various community groups to prevent and reduce youth substance use in Evanston.

More information is available by contacting Megan Polydoris, DFC Grant Program Director, at esapc.coordinator@gmail.com or 847-492-1778.