Local drug abuse prevention group awarded federal funds

A coalition whose goal is to put a dent in alcohol and drug abuse by South Bronx youth was awarded $125,000 in federal funding in September to further its cause.

Congressman Jose E. Serrano announced the funding for the Forward South Bronx Coalition, a group of nonprofits and law enforcement that convenes monthly in Longwood. The money will come from grants by the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, which is administered by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.  

The Forward South Bronx Coalition is convened by Sports Foundation, Inc., which has been providing Bronx residents substance abuse prevention services for more than forty years and has a storefront at 871 Westchester Ave.

“For years, the Forward South Bronx Coalition has been providing residents of the Bronx with access to quality resources to help end substance abuse,” Serrano said in a press release, adding it will help the group to expand its service.

In addition, the new financing will help the the coalition to use data, both to measure how effectively its message is getting across to local young people and to help caution residents about the dangers of alcohol and marijuana use.


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