Cobb Community Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse receives $4,500 grant from Cobb Community Foundation | News

The Board of Directors for Cobb Community Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse Inc. announced that for the third consecutive year, it received generous support from the Cobb Community Foundation through the Cobb Impact Grant process.

The $4,500 in funding, announced on May 8 during the Foundation’s annual awards presentation, will support the nonprofit’s program entitled “Los Peligros de Drogas” (The Danger of Drugs). This community resource guide will be translated into Spanish and 25,000 copies distributed through the two local school systems and throughout Cobb County.

“There is a real need for this type of information to be made available to our Hispanic-Latino families as this community is encountering the same challenges and issues that other parents of teens and young adults are facing when it comes to illegal substances, prescription drugs and alcohol,” said Karelis Ferrer, Latino Outreach director for LiveSAFE Resources and Board member for CCAPSA.

With Hispanic students comprising 21 percent of the Cobb County Schools District and 26.6 percent of Marietta City Schools, the guide will help to engage Hispanic families in the conversation about substance abuse prevention.

“The guide is one important tool to create awareness, provide education and change the conversation about the culture of substance use among youth in our county,” said Irene Barton, board chair. “We are honored to receive this support from the Foundation and pleased that we have secured matching funds through two additional funders to make this resource available.”

The guide should be available by August.

The Cobb Community Foundation provided $225,000 in grants to local nonprofits this year. It also honored former Gov. Roy Barnes as its Philanthropist of the Year at the luncheon.

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