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FY 2003 Drug-Free Communities Support Program Application for Continuation Funding

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Newport News City
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 1999, $84,937)


The City of Newport News acts as the fiscal agent for the Community Builders Network coalition. The group serves the City of Newport News, VA, a racially diverse, low-income, urban area with a population of approximately 180,150. Since its inception the Community Builders Network coalition has recorded a number of significant accomplishments, most notably, implementing a number of prevention programs such as Al's Pals, Teens Against Tobacco Use, Youth Media Network, Strengthening Families, the RELATE Project, and the Know Your Neighbor Campaign. In addition, the group has developed a mini-grant program designed to increase educational opportunities and drug-free alternative activities at the neighborhood level.
To achieve the two goals of reducing substance abuse among youth and strengthening community antidrug coalitions, the Community Builders Network, in its fifth year, will implement the following strategies: 1) expanding the current services targeting improved family management/parenting skills; 2) increasing the current educational/skill building programs targeting the reduction of early initiation in the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD); 3) strengthening the current system of education targeting youth perception of harm of ATOD by using peer to peer education, the Teens Against Tobacco Use program, and the Youth Media Network program; 4) increasing the number of activities targeting environmental protective factors through the use of Youth Media Network member coalitions and the "Know Your Neighbor" campaign; 5) increasing the number of activities designed to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors among higher risk youth through the use of member coalitions, neighborhood-based educational and drug-free alternative programs, and the awarding of at least 10 mini-grants to support program implementation by member coalitions; 6) expanding coalition membership; 7) increasing collaboration with the local, state, and federal governments; and 8) strengthening the ability of member coalitions to implement effective ATOD prevention activities, through the continuing development and implementation of training and technical assistance and the use of training retreats for representatives from each of the member coalitions.

Date Created: September 7, 2000