Grant creates youth advocates

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Family Connection, Inc. recently received a grant from the Alabama Department of Public Health to promote a Youth Empowerment Program centered around youth tobacco prevention as well as policy change in the community. The two targets cities for this year&8217;s grant include Chelsea and Alabaster.

The grant&8217;s objectives will be accomplished through the training of local youth in the two communities. The training will provide education on the harmful effects of tobacco use as well as communication and interpersonal skills. Youth will have the opportunity to become advocates in their communities. Additionally, youth will meet and interact with city as well as school officials. Once trained, the youth will present and educate civic organizations, business owners and citizens of the community the dangers of tobacco and plan and implement community events that highlight health and safety.

Family Connection, Inc. will hold the grant announcement today, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.