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KYC’s Positive Youth Development Team Expands Substance Use Prevention Efforts

KYC’s Positive Youth Development team (PYD) promotes healthy choices for youth ages 10-17 through education, awareness of health issues, policy change, community collaboration, and evidence-based programs that support substance use prevention. They were recently awarded two new grants, the Illinois Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) Grant and Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant. These grants will each allow PYD to continue to expand their current substance use prevention efforts in our communities.

With the ROSC Grant, PYD aims to establish and a mix of substance use disorder services (SUDs) and recovery supports for youth, adults, and families that will be accessible throughout the community. Recovery supports include employment coaching and training, peer recovery coaching, recovery skills, spiritual support, and transportation. The goal of the first year of this grant is to create a strategic plan to demonstrate that there are many pathways to recovery. The ROSC grant focuses on youth 16 – 24 years old and veterans of all ages.

The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant will expand PYD’s prevention efforts by allowing them to focus on reducing the use of marijuana, e-cigarettes/vaping, and opioids. PYD will partner closely with youth, families, local schools, community organizations, elected officials, and law enforcement throughout the upcoming years. Through these partnerships, PYD will address factors in the community that contribute to youth substance use and promote the factors that minimize use.

Each of these grants will allow PYD to expand the positive impact that they’re able to make on our youngest community members while increasingly engaging critical community partners in youth substance use prevention.

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