Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley receiving $625K

MILFORD – A $625,000 federal grant will help the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley Community Action for Safe Teens (CAST) program continue working against substance abuse for five more years.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley CAST Committee has been working diligently to strategically develop the infrastructure within Souhegan Valley in an effort prevent substance misuse in the Souhegan Valley, promote healthy choices among youth, and educate, support and strengthen families,” club Director of Prevention Services Monica Gallant said.

“The Drug-Free Communities grant award will help to solidify these efforts among youth and families; key stakeholders and community leaders in Souhegan Valley,” she added.

The committee serves Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Lyndeborough, Mason, Milford, Mont Vernon and Wilton. The grant is a portion of the $90.9 million worth of funding President Donald Trump is distributing from the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program.

Founded in 1997, the program is the federal government’s leading effort toward youth substance misuse prevention.

“Since our first grant awards were made in 1998, the DFC Program has continued to expand its reach in communities across the country,” Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director James Carroll said. “It is a testament to the great work DFC coalitions are doing, together with community partners that include parent groups, schools, health care professionals, law enforcement, businesses and others to prevent drug use and improve the health of communities. Our local DFC coalitions are a key part of this effort because they are relentless in their work to prevent youth from initiating drug use and ultimately, saving more lives.”

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.