Wes Hickman (202 224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864 250-1417)
WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the City of Spartanburg, fiscal agent for the Spartanburg Youth Council, will receive a $99,693 Drug Free Community grant to support their efforts to reduce substance abuse among youth in Spartanburg County.
The funds will be used to establish a research-based family strengthening program to:
Improve family discipline and supervision, reduce family management problems, and improve bonding;
Develop youth leadership opportunities to enhance protective factors;
disseminate information about the dangers of using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs;
Strengthen interagency collaboration;
Expand the coalition;
Implement environmental policies with support from the community.
“Coalitions like this help South Carolina’s youth avoid the pitfalls of abusing drugs and alcohol,” said Graham. “They take a unique approach to this serious problem, addressing not only law enforcement and education, but also getting families actively involved in the lives of their children.”
The Drug-Free Communities Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community organizations that serve as catalysts for citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. 183 new grants totaling $17.5 million were awarded today to community anti-drug coalitions across the country.
The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.