Engler Awards $823,570 for Summer Drug and Violence Prevention

June 13, 2002


Governor John Engler has awarded $823,570 in funds for youth and family summer programs incorporating drug and violence prevention, education, and other related activities. 


“I am pleased to support these local programs that recognize the important role summer programs play in keeping communities safe and families strong,” said Engler.  “These education and prevention efforts are extremely important in our fight against drugs.”


“These grant dollars will play an important role in these communities,” said Michigan Office of Drug Control Policy Director, Craig Yaldoo.  “By encouraging positive activities, we can prevent drug and violence problems.”

  • Chaldean American Ladies of Charity in Southfield will receive $46,660 for the Strengthening Our Chaldean Families Program, a family-based prevention program targeting families in the Oak Park and Detroit communities.  Sixty children, ages 12-17, and their families will receive services.  The project is patterned after the Strengthening Families Program, an exemplary and proven program.  The program is structured to include parent, youth, and family sessions where parents and their children, separately and then together, learn techniques to resolve conflicts and discuss issues to increase academic achievement and other life skills.


  • Alliance for a Safer, Greater Detroit will receive $99,330  for a summer youth program serving up to 250 youth, ages 11 to 18.  Funding will support prevention services to youth referred by Detroit-area agencies and coalitions using strict criteria.  One component of the overall program is the summer academic or sports camp experience at one of six Michigan universities.  Youth will also receive additional prevention services at the conclusion of the camp component.


  •   Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries in Detroit will receive $24,800 for the 13-week Oasis summer prevention program targeting 145 youth and 40 parents.  The recipients will receive the Strengthening Families Program which will include drug education and prevention, youth leadership development, violence prevention, coping skills and self awareness.


  • Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan in Detroit will receive $19,330 for a three-week summer prevention program serving 45 children in foster care and their parents who are in residential treatment for addiction.  Recipients will receive prevention education using the Strengthening Families program.  The program will enhance academic excellence, provide non-violent conflict resolution instruction, abstinence education, responsibility, and parenting skills.


  • Alternatives For Girls Program in Detroit will receive $7,250 for a six-week summer prevention program serving 80-90 girls who are at risk for dropping out of school, using drugs, becoming pregnant, and engaging in gang activities.  The Peacemakers Prevention Program will provide skills in conflict resolution, problem solving and effective communication.  Other components include tutoring, computer classes and educational testing services.


  • Latino Family Services in Detroit will receive $15,200 for a seven-week summer program targeting  25 elementary and middle school youth. The youth will receive violence prevention education through the  Second Step program.  Other components of the program will include academic instruction and support, educational activities, and a parent component.


  • Guidance Center in Southgate will receive $35,000 for a nine-week summer prevention education program targeting ten alternative high school students and fifty elementary students.  The programs, Second Step and Project ALERT, will provide anger management, impulse control, empathy, drug and violence prevention, and social skills training.  The high school youth will also receive job readiness training, high school credit for independent study, and provide mentoring to the elementary youth.


  • Starfish Family Services, Inc. in Inkster will receive $21,200 to provide an eight-week program to 25 youth, 11-14 years of age.  The drug and violence prevention program will provide the Second Step Curriculum and Botvin’s Life Skills curriculums.  The youth will strengthen their skills in conflict resolution, violence and drug prevention, peer mediation, and positive decision-making skills.


  • Oakwood Health Care Systems Foundation of Dearborn will receive $28,600 for an eight-week summer prevention program.  The Foundation will collaborate with the Taylor Teen Health Center to provide the Second Step and Project ALERT  prevention programs to 60 youth.  The Summer Arts and Prevention Academy will also provide arts education, transportation, a parent component, and field trips.


  • Community Services of Oakland in Ferndale will receive $36,000 for a six-week Youth Summer Support Program targeting 80 at-risk 6-12 year olds.  The youth will receive Botvin’s Life Skills prevention curriculum which will encompass anger management, alternatives to violence, and drug education.  Other components of the summer enrichment program include recreation, tutoring, and mentoring.


  • Arab-American and Chaldean Council in Lathrup Village will receive $20,000 for a summer prevention program targeting 250 youth and 100 parents.  The program consists of three components: youth dialogue seminars, community parent seminars, and a family outreach project.  The program will empower youth with skills necessary to increase their ability to resolve conflict, and assist parents in acquiring information which will assist them in supporting their children’s development of  healthy, drug and violence-free lifestyles.


  • St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department in Port Huron will receive $33,500 for a five-week Summer TEAM (Teaching, Educating, And Mentoring) Program that serves 40 youth using the Project ALERT and Aggressors, Victims and Bystanders curriculums.  Lessons will be presented in conflict resolution and anger management, drug and violence prevention, academic lessons to encourage reading and writing, and involvement in community projects.


  • Save our Neighborhood & Streets (S.O.N.S.) Program in Port Huron will receive $20,000 for a Character Counts program for youth at the St. Clair County Juvenile Detention Center.  A trained team will provide, to about 700 youth, the six pillars of character, life skills, and anger management skills.


  • Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw will receive $60,000 for an eight-week summer prevention program.  The program will collaborate with the Buena Vista and Saginaw School Districts by providing Botvin’s Life Skills Training to 60 youth and 125 parents.  Other program components will include academic enrichment, teaching tolerance, service-learning, and health/physical education.


  • Bay Area Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency in Saginaw will receive $44,000 for a 12-week summer program.  The agency will collaborate with four churches to implement a faith-based youth and families prevention summer program.  The program will serve fifty youth at each site and will provide life skills training, drug and violence prevention training, participate in community service projects, and share in family projects and activities.


  • Bloomingdale Public Schools in Bloomingdale will receive $15,000 for the HOPES Summer Program (Helping Others Progress-Educational Success) targeting at risk 6th-8th  grade students.   The conflict resolution program will encompass a Career Camp to develop career skills and an adult mentoring program to reinforce skills learned. 


  • Winning Inc. of America in St. Joseph will receive $49,400 for a six-week summer prevention program targeting 200-300 youth, ages 5 -13.  The program targets youth from the City of Benton Harbor, Benton Charter Township and the Benton Harbor public housing facilities.  The youth will receive Botvin’s Life Skills prevention program.  Other components of the program will include sports skills and teamwork, reading literacy, and activities to improve writing skills. 


  • Cristo Rey Community Center in Lansing will receive $50,000 for two summer violence prevention programs.  The Nurturing Program and Second Step Curriculum will be offered to 90 children and 45 parents through the Roots and Wings summer program. Youth will participate in lessons on being responsible, resolving conflicts, positive identification, anger management, teen problems, and family growth. 


  • Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing and Speech Services in Lansing  will receive $12,600 for summer prevention programming targeting deaf and hard of hearing middle school and high school students in Michigan.  They will provide two workshops to help educate the students about health, legal and social implications of using drugs.  The prevention programs will include Botvin’s Life Skills training, Character Counts, and Search Institute’s Assets initiative.  The peer-to-peer workshops will focus on drug and violence prevention in a format that the youth can comprehend.


  • Cheboygan County Juvenile Court in Cheboygan will receive $46,800 for a three-month summer program.  The Straits Area Youth Promotion Academy is a prevention program targeting 20 middle school adjudicated youth within the Cheboygan area.  The program plans to incorporate the Strengthening Families Program and Boystown Life Skills Model to promote accountability, prevent delinquent behavior, develop responsibility and productivity.  The program is designed to reduce out of home placements for restoration of the family and increase skills within the family unit.