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Mini-Grants Help Campuses Meet the Challenges of High-Risk Drinking, Drug Abuse

11/16/2005 —

The need to provide programming and other initiatives to educate students on the dangers of high-risk drinking, smoking and other drug abuse exists at all Penn State campuses. To meet that need, the Commission for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse (CPATODA) — for the past three years — has awarded more than $100,000 in mini-grants to campuses other than University Park in support of such initiatives.

According to Barry Bram, CPATODA chair, funds are used to support the campuses' strategies in furthering their alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention efforts. “We want to make sure that Penn State campuses have the funds to run their innovative prevention programs,” he said. “The goal of these grants is to help Penn State campuses to meet the challenges of reducing high-risk drinking and preventing tobacco and drug use among students.” An advisory group to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the mission of CPATODA is to foster an environment that does not support the abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Its membership consists of Penn State students, faculty staff and administrators.

This past year, 10 campuses were awarded mini-grants based on documented effective or promising strategies to address substance abuse issues on campus. Penn State's northeast campuses – Penn State Hazelton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Penn State Worthington Scranton were awarded a grant for programming efforts on their collaborative “Allies in Prevention” program. This program is sponsored in full by the CPATODA mini-grant and includes educational programs for the entire student body, peer “Ally” training and intervention, and implementation and program support for the peer “Allies”.

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