The Mecklenburg County ABC Board announced it is giving $1.1 million to help 16 local non-profits with missions involving substance abuse, prevention, education and treatment. New this year among the recipients is a prevention program aimed at Latino youth in elementary school.
Julia Paul, community outreach director of the ABC Board, said several of the programs awarded money are new to the community. Others have a track record of success, she said.
“We listen carefully to understand the unique characteristics and needs of our community. Our mission, at the ABC Board, is to create community partnerships to improve public health and safety,” Paul said.
One of the most unique programs this year is one at the Center for Prevention Services, which aims to reach Latino youth at the elementary school level. It involves “train-the-trainer” classes that will educate teachers, and offer after-school, faith-based and other youth-serving programs in substance abuse prevention. The program incorporates life skills and healthy behaviors around social pressure resistance. Programs for Latino elementary level children, around substance abuse prevention, are rare, Paul said.
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Among the other charities that received money: The Urban Ministry’s Moore Place ($35,000), Charlotte Rescue Mission ($100,000), Community Culinary School of Charlotte ($56,505) Children’s Theatre of Charlotte ($70,452), Florence Crittenton Services ($100,000), Hope Haven ($50,000) and Center for Community Transitions ($90,014).
Since 2005, the ABC Board has awarded over $4 million through its annual grant program. Funding for the program comes from the sales of distilled spirits in Mecklenburg County.