Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc, a 35-year-old award-winning community-based organization, located in Atlanta, GA will implement the proposed project, entitled the, “STOP Under Age Drinking Coalition.” The goal and objectives are:
Goal I: Reduce and prevent the onset of underage drinking for males and females, ages 12 – 20 in the catchment area of Newnan, Georgia, zip codes 30263, 30264 and 30365.
Objective 1: By December 2019, the coalition will have convened citizens and representatives from various sectors of the community to update STOP UAD Action Plan to reduce and prevent the onset of underage drinking for youth and young adults in Newnan. Objective 2: Each year, the STOP UAD Coalition will have conducted quarterly activities/events, including Town Hall meetings, for the citizens, governmental organizations and sectors of the community to foster long-term substance abuse reduction commitments. Objective 3: Each year, the STOP UAD program will have reached 250 unduplicated (1000 over four years) youth and young adults, ages12 to 20, Substance abuse prevention direct services and action plan strategies. Objective 4: Each year, STOP UAD Coalition will have disseminated twelve state-of-the-art best practices, initiatives, resources, and prevention messages to 1000 (4000 over four years) youth and young adults, community members and local government agencies.
Goal II: To strengthen and enhance intergovernmental cooperation and coordination in order to reduce underage drinking for youth and young adults, ages 12 – 20 in the catchment area in of Newnan. Objective 5: Each year, STOP UAD Coalition will have conducted two coalition subcommittee workgroup meetings for Newnan to enhance intergovernmental coordination efforts to reduce underage drinking in the catchment areas. Objective 6: Each year, subcommittee workgroup will participate in two STOP UAD Coalition activities in Newnan and surrounding communities to increase government and community collaboration.
Population: The population of focus includes 12 – 20 year-old, males and females, residing in the City of Newnan, Georgia, zip codes 30263, 30264 and 30365. Twenty-two percent of teens and young adults (aged 16 – 24) are considered “disconnected youth” because they are neither working nor in school.
Partnerships: The program will collaborate primarily with Newnan City Council and Mayor Office to strengthen the collaboration among the community and governmental agencies to implement comprehensive direct and indirect strategies. The program design is built upon ongoing epidemiological research data, empirical evidence, and utilization of SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework process. Ongoing data collection of all program components will be analyzed and disseminated to the community and stakeholders.