Grantees: Substance Abuse Prevention

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Outright Vermont

Support for transgender and gender creative youth, children, and families

Friday Night Group is Outright Vermont’s (ORVT’s) signature social-support program—meeting every Friday in Burlington since 1989! Today, groups in Burlington, Montpelier, Morrisville, and Brattleboro offer a drop-in space that celebrates who LGBTQ+ youth are. Groups enable youth to be themselves, connect with peers about shared joys and challenges, and engage with LGBTQ+-identified adults who model healthy behaviors and ensure that group is safe and supportive. Youth choose topics and lead conversations, while facilitators uphold youth generated rules that govern group, provide support, and referrals. ORVT established a strategic priority to increase access for rural LGBTQ+ youth; with your support, Friday night group can expand statewide!

UVM Extension 4-H - Camel's Hump Middle School


UVM PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) brings a model developed by the expertise of prevention scientists, public school systems, and educators to communities in Vermont that disseminates and sustains high-quality evidence-based interventions (EBI’s) for the prevention of youth substance use and problem behavior. PROSPER Teams, composed of community stakeholders, cooperate to deliver evidence-based programs and supplemental opportunities, to a critical mass of families and youth in a targeted age group to bring about positive community-wide change.

West River Valley Thrives

Strengthening Families through Parent Support Groups and Early Intervention Prevention Education and Healthy Initiatives for Grades 1-8

To enhance positive and supportive interactions between parents and their children in order to contribute to a long-lasting ripple effect on development and healthy decision-making across a lifetime. 

  • Collaborate with elementary schools to present an evidence-based social/emotional learning program that reinforces skill sets, including goal setting, decision making, managing emotions, effective communication, and bonding and relationships. Students are provided age-appropriate information on the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Develop parent support groups and events/opportunities to share stories, provide peer support, receive information on supportive parenting, and norms that keep children safe and healthy.

Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community

Winooski Above the Influence

The Winooski Above the Influence (ATI) group helps youth to live above the negative influences in their life. ATI supports youth in making healthy choices and empowers them to make a difference in their community. Our hope with this program is for youth to not only make their own well-informed decisions, but to have them help change norms and policies around substance use in the greater community. To accomplish this, students learn science-based facts about substances and substance use, as well as practice public-speaking, leadership, and advocacy skills in a weekly after school group for 5-8th grade students. ATI students also use these skills and engage in outreach events to help address substance abuse within Winooski.