The White House Drug Policy Office has awarded $625,000 to Healthy Lamoille Valley to help prevent youth substance use in the Lamoille Valley Region.

The grant will provide $125,000 a year for five years, said Jessica Bickford, Healthy Lamoille Valley coordinator.

Similar grants went to 149 other organizations from the federal Drug-Free Communities Support Program. The grants are for community coalitions that get young people and adults involved at the community level in local youth drug use prevention efforts.

Healthy Lamoille Valley is a coalition of community organizations and individuals working together to encourage youth to make healthy, substance-free choices. It serves the communities of Belvidere, Cambridge, Craftsbury, Eden, Elmore, Greensboro, Hardwick, Hyde Park, Jeffersonville, Johnson, Morrisville, Stannard, Stowe, Waterville, Wolcott and Woodbury.

“The science is clear that communities that work together to implement research-based, evidence-informed strategies to prevent and reduce youth substance misuse are successful,” said Catherine Crawley, chair of the Healthy Lamoille Valley steering committee. “We are pleased that the federal government recognizes the work of Healthy Lamoille Valley and are excited to apply the funds to strengthen our collaboration and efforts within the community.”

Information: healthylamoillevalley.org.

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