Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $750,000)
The Knoxville Leadership Foundation (KLF) proposes to implement the FY 2023 Appalachian Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (AOAYI-23). The purpose is to address the issues that impact the opioid crisis in Knoxville (Knox County, TN) and Lexington (Fayette County, KY). AOAYI23 will provide direct, individual prevention education, support, and access to resources to minimize youth involvement with, and the effects of, substance misuse in their lives. Expected outcomes for youth include (1) increased knowledge about and concern for dangers of opioids, (2) improved refusal and assertiveness skills when offered drugs, (3) decreased antisocial behavior, and (4) effective and timely supplemental support services provided by community partners to youth and families.