LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth & Communities Coalition has received a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Drug Free Communities program.
The grant will fund CYC's continuing efforts to curb underage drinking, tobacco and drug use in the communities of Lake Placid and Wilmington.
The DFC funding, $125,000 per year for five years, will be used to bring about environmental level interventions to reduce the availability of drugs and alcohol to youth, reduce the opportunities to drink and change the community norms which may be sending a message that underage drinking and drug use are acceptable practices.
As a match to this grant, CYC is expected to secure in-kind services or other funds equaling $125,000 in the first year and increasing to $225,000 in the fifth year.
CYC has been involved in the communities of Lake Placid and Wilmington since 2003, partnering with local organizations like the Lake Placid Central School District, The Prevention Team, the Wilmington Youth Center, the Shipman Youth Center, the Lake Placid Outing Club, Adirondack Experience and the Lake Placid Police Department. CYC is currently working with individual committees at LPHS to address issues brought up by students in an annual survey performed at the school.
Recent CYC multimedia campaigns, under the direction of artist Naj Wikoff working with LPCS art teacher Ann Rickard, have been very popular with students: the "Love a Kid" banner project, the "I Matter" poster project and murals at the Wilmington Youth Center and Shipman Youth Center are a few. This past summer, local radio and TV stations aired public service announcements created by Kim Weem's music students and Tim Dodd's technology class.
CYC is a local coalition made up of educators, counselors, law enforcement, students and representatives from local businesses, churches and youth groups.
CYC President Mary Dietrich said the coalition is well poised to make an impact with this new grant.
"We plan to use all the tools we now have at our disposal to chip away at the environmental factors that are known to put LPCS students at risk," Dietrich said in a news release. "We want to change the community norms that encourage the use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs by our youth."