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Drug-Free Communities Support Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 1999, $100,000)

Project Summary for 1999-JN-FX-0107 (S-3)

Founded in 1972, the Northwest Austin Council (NAC) is a grassroots community-based organization that addresses issues of crime, housing deterioration, and loss of economic resources. The African-American community has a population of 114,079 and is the largest community area in Chicago. Twenty-five percent of the population lives below the poverty level. In 1995, this community area of Chicago was designated as a Weed and Seed site. This collaboration enables the NAC to establish their Safe Havens program to promote the development of academic and personal growth skills while emphasizing the importance of being drug-free. NAC has expanded its current efforts to reduce drug use among youth and to strengthen collaborations through the Safe Havens program. Their goals include reducing substance abuse among 600 youth, ages 11-19 years old, who are not current participants of the Safe Havens program and strengthening and establishing collaborations and establish a Youth Advisory Committee.


Date Created: September 29, 1999