“Organizations such as the San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition are vital to short and long-term crime prevention efforts,” said James P. Walsh, Pinal County Attorney and Pinal County Substance Abuse Council Chairman. “I am eager to help the coalition and other grassroots organizations that promote substance abuse prevention for both children and adults.”
Other sponsors included the Sheriff’s Office for $5,000, the Florence Unified School District for $2,000 (in kind donation) and the J.O. Combs Unified School District for $700. The notMYkid Foundation contributed greatly to the effort by more than matching the local effort. The $26,000 program is comprised of a five-part educational series targeting students, parent and faculty. The program will serve the Florence Unified School District, the Coolidge Unified School District and the J.O. Combs School District. The program will roll out this fall.
“We are very excited to announce that the San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition has successfully coordinated and partnered with the notMYkid Foundation,” said Sheri George, San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition Chairwoman. “The school districts, Pinal County Attorney Jim Walsh and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu will get a meaningful substance abuse program into all 15 middle and high schools in San Tan Valley, Coolidge and Florence. It is critical that we unite together as a community to assist our children in making positive life choices instead of choosing destructive behaviors.”
notMYkid was founded in 2000, and is dedicated to educating kids, parents, schools and communities about issues kids face including substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and more. Information is available on the website www.notMYkid.org to educate parents about warning signs and symptoms and to empower them to implement effective prevention and intervention strategies. In 2007, notMYkid provided direct programming for over 100,000 students in Arizona.
The next meeting of the San Tan Valley Substance Abuse Coalition
The next meeting is on August 27th, 2012, from 6:30-7:30, at the SRP Eagle Conference Center, located at 3735 E. Combs Rd., San Tan Valley, Az. 85140.
- The major topic on the agenda is: What project(s) do we want to pursue next?
- The meeting will also feature a 15-minute suicide prevention presentation, by Nicole Luciani of Cempatico Behavioral Healthcare organization.