Liberty Partnership Kino Neighborhoods Council, LPKNC, is a coalition that consists of 12 sectors as prescribed by Drug Free Communities and other members of the community. In every community there are pockets of people who are truly the champions of change where they live. For the families and youth in Tucson, Arizona’s Southside communities—spanning zip codes 85706, 85713, 85714, 85746, and 85756—those champions make up LPKNC. LPKNC will be offering services to adolescents from ages 10 – 24. We also will be working with the families of the adolescents and greater community.
LPKNC uses the 7 strategies for community change in order to help reduce substance use/misuse among youth. The strategies are providing information, enhancing skills, providing support, enhancing access/reducing barriers, changing consequences, physical design and modifying/changing policies. The two drugs we will be focusing on through this grant are marijuana and prescription drugs. Some examples of the activities we will be doing are prevention of marijuana and prescription drugs workshops, a youth summit about leadership and prevention of substance use/misuse, capital day and creating prevention messages for youth that will be shared through social media platforms.