NCDP Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention’s multi- strategy project of building a stronger, healthier, drug-free
society today by Reducing Youth Use of Alcohol and Marijuana in Southern Navajo County. Utilizing DFC
funding, the coalition will serve an area of over 5,000 square miles of rural, remote Navajo County located
in northeastern Arizona. The overall county population is 43% American Indian, 42% White, 11% Latino
with the remainder a mix of other race or ethnicity. The target service area has a population of 16,173, with
37% of youth under the age of 18 living in poverty and 76% of children qualifying for free or reduced lunches.
Activities proposed in this application include increasing coalition engagement in the community; expanded
school and community based education that will positively influence 3,700 un-duplicated youth 12-18 years
of age; and outreach activities that will raise awareness with 75,000 residents county-wide. Targeted training's,
workshops, and presentations will increase skills with school staff, parents, community and coalition members
on the emergent trends and dangers of underage drinking and marijuana use. The project expands initial DFC
funded activities and supports all seven strategies to achieve community change. NCDP grassroots efforts will
strengthen communities and our youth to resist alcohol and drug use.