The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) recently awarded more than $83,000 in education and prevention grants to communities across Virginia to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking. The selected communities were chosen based on proposed projects that will aim to prevent problem drinking and the impact it can have on Virginia’s communities. Over the coming year, the grant recipients will work in partnership with Virginia ABC’s Education and Prevention Division staff to implement their plans.
“It is the mission of the Virginia ABC’s Education and Prevention Division to eliminate underage and high-risk drinking by building the capacity of communities to educate individuals and prevent alcohol misuses,” said Virginia ACE CEO Travis Hill. “The financial support and partnership opportunities this grant program provides is one of the many ways we execute on that mission. We look forward to working with these grantees to positively impact the communities in which they work.”
Locally, the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board was a $10,000 grant recipient. The Youth Above the Influence Project will address the impact of driving under the influence (DUI), targeting individuals 15–20 years old, their parents, and retailers. The project will engage participants in a multi-platform campaign, including implementing Project Sticker Shock for local awareness of social providing, increasing awareness of DUI through media sources, and developing materials to inform target audiences about DUI risks.
For those interested in learning more about the Virginia ABC Alcohol Education and Prevention Grant Program, or other education and prevention programs, visit abc.virginia.gov/education/grants.