Grantees: Substance Abuse Prevention

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Mountain Communities Supporting Education - The Collaborative

The Collaborative's Refuse To Use Program

The Collaborative’s Refuse to Use Program is a community & school based series of educational substance misuse & asset building events for students in grades 6-12. This programming is available in 8 area schools, as well as to home schoolers. Students engage in lessons about health risks associated with substance misuse. Students learn asset building skills such as resilience, connection, & refusal skills. Students take 5 substance misuse & asset building classes and in turn receive a season pass from a local community recreation partner. This program intends to address the physical, mental, & social well-being of our youth through providing vetted programs, showcasing community involvement & delivering a season pass as a healthy alternatives.

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!