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Thursday, March 01, 2007

USDOE Announces Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse

The U.S. Department of Education has announced a funding opportunity that should be of interest to clients of Pride Surveys. The grant competition originates in the Department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and is contingent upon congressional appropriations.

Some 20 grants of approximately $300,000 each would seek to reduce alcohol abuse in secondary schools. The application deadline is March 26. Eligible grant applicants are local education agencies (LEAs) who do not currently have a Grant to Reduce Alcohol Abuse. The project period is 36 months.
The Secretary of Education may reserve up to 25 percent of the funding to award grants to low-income and rural LEAs.

Funding Available for More Drug-Free Communities

Approximately 60 new anti-drug coalitions will be funded under the FY 2007 funding cycle for the Drug- Free Communities Support Program (DFC). Current clients of Pride Surveys have an advantage in winning one of these grants. Assessment and evaluation accounts for 42 of the 100 points used in scoring applications.
The application deadline is April 17.
If your coalition cannot demonstrate your ability to collect and report on the four core outcome measures, contact Pride Surveys immediately. You'll obtain a free Drug-Free Communities Core Measures Report when you administer one of our student surveys.

• Help with your proposal. To assist you with writing a DFC proposal, we asked Keri-Lyn Coleman, former administrator of the program, to provide tips for a successful proposal. Read her advice. To read the grant announcement, visit the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

State Grants Program in Danger Again

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has issued an alert about a “draconian” proposed cut in the States Grants Portion of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program. CADCA urges you to visit its website to send a message to Congress opposing the proposed cut. CADCA offers a free, easy-to-use fax system that will generate a letter to your congressional representatives. The organization reminds you that even if you are a public employee, you can use this system if you do so from home. To learn more, visit CADCA’s Legislative Alert Center.

Pride Surveys appears before Education Secretary’s Advisory Committee

Doug Hall, senior vice president, represented Pride Surveys before the Secretary of Education’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee last week in Washington. The committee was discussing data collection. Also appearing on a panel with Mr. Hall were Michael J. Herrmann, executive director, Office of School Safety/Learning Support, Tennessee Department of Education, and Howell Wechsler, director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Transcripts of the meeting will be available soon at the Department’s web site.

And the Winner Is

Heath Mitchell of the Oregon Partnership was the winner of a 30 GB iPod given away by Pride Surveys during the CADCA Leadership Forum. We congratulate Heath and thank the hundreds of people who visited our exhibit booth and attended our workshop. CADCA’s staff did an amazing job of organizing the conference under adverse weather conditions.

Stay Abreast of Prevention News

Pride Surveys tries to keep you informed of news that can affect your prevention programs. There are other excellent sources of information that we recommend as well. Here are just a few:

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Prevention News Bulletin
Office of National Drug Control Policy Community Prevention Listserv
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Coalitions Online
Join Together
University of Maryland Center for Substance Abuse Research
U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
NCADI Update Listserve
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
Lions Quest

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