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White House Announces ITAC to Receive New Grant Award

It Takes A Community Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition (ITAC) has been funded by a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program since 2018. This past year we were required to apply for a new grant in a competitive process to receive DFC funding for five more years and last week we were advised that our grant submission was successful.  

As September brings back-to-school activities, ITAC will begin planning and implementing our program under DFC conditions until 2029. While this is welcome support for our mission and vision, this period also will begin a time of planning for future sustainability – ITAC will not be eligible for any further DFC funding after 2029. Our long-term plan is to build ITAC to be active and self-sustaining for many years to come.

Our coalition is nothing without the members and volunteers whose efforts help us achieve our mission and action plan goals. If drug and alcohol prevention among youth is a subject matter that is important to you, consider joining us at our next meeting on Monday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. This meeting will take place at Iroquois Central School district offices and virtually via Zoom. Email itacemw@gmail.com for more information about how to join the meeting. We’d love to hear from you.

Remember that Sept. 26 is National Family Day. We have family linked to us by blood and the family we choose in the form of friends and partners is celebrated on National Family Day. Why is this important to ITAC and our mission? Because youth who have better connections with their family and community are at lower risk for substance abuse issues. 

Stay tuned – follow us on social media for more information about National Family Day.

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