Federal grant will continue underage drinking prevention efforts

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Thanks to a continuing grant from the U.S. Department of Education, work to deter underage drinking is being implemented under this grant for the second year in Kankakee and Iroquois counties.

This is the message that will be presented by Debra Baron, director of the Pledge for Life Partnership, at its annual Board of Directors meeting to be held October 23, 2003 at the Kankakee Country Club.
The Partnership received notice on September 27, 2002 that the I-KAN Regional Office of Education was among 46 organizations nationwide – and one of only two sites selected in Illinois, to be awarded a federal grant to expand the Partnership’s under age drinking prevention efforts. The U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Drug Free Schools National program is expected provide $1.8 million over three years to allow Life Education Center staff to continue implementation of Project Northland, a researched-based alcohol prevention program, to 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Kankakee County and in Iroquois County. Also, a new program called “Class Action,” was piloted for high school students in both counties.

Although the federal grant will bring short-term fiscal stability to the Partnership, Baron stressed they must continue to seek new sources of on-going funding. “Because the federal funds are restricted for the sole purpose of underage drinking prevention, funds are needed to cover the LEC’s K-6th grade Wise Highs healthy lifestyles program and to address other issues including juvenile delinquency, mental health concerns and other health, safety and human service needs.”

The Resource Development Committee will continue to investigate other avenues to raise money, including expanded recruitment of KAN-I HELP Network partners and marketing of program development and evaluation services. Local fundraising will continue to center on support for the annual Family Fun-a-thon.

Other highlights from the Annual meeting will include the presentation of the Lowe School Board Recognition Award and the Harold Award,
and the election of new board members. For more information, call the Partnership office at 936-4606.

PFL staff

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