Two Groups Awarded Grants to Reduce Youth Drug Addiction
Press release from the Eureka Police Department:
The Eureka Police Department is pleased to announce the recipients of the Grant to Reduce Drug Addiction among Youth. The City of Eureka Community Access Project for Eureka (CAPE) has been awarded $15,000 and the Redwood Creek Camp has been awarded $10,000.
In May of 2017, the City of Eureka offered grant funding to a local non-profit or government entity which has demonstrated a commitment to reducing drug addiction through education, intervention, and/or mentorship. The recipients will have one year to demonstrate that it has supported the community by successfully educating, reducing demand, or treating addition among youth. Grant funds are provided with money seized through the asset seizure program.
The City of Eureka CAPE program works directly with local non-profit organizations, social services and school districts who directly serve houseless, foster, low-income or otherwise disadvantaged members of our community. The program has provided job workshops, family literacy events, play groups focusing on cooking healthy meals in a motel setting, rent preparation workshops, transportation to recreational programing, scholarships for programs, and much more.
With grant funding, the CAPE program will develop an anti-drug campaign partnering with local at-risk youth to write, film, edit and produce six different public service announcements. Youth will learn new skills in a positive environment and educate themselves and the community on dangers of drug use.
The Redwood Creek Camp is a week-long summer program for at-risk juveniles devoted to inspiring our youth to strive for a better way of life. The program provides activities that serve as safe and healthy alternatives to substance abuse. Activities such as horses, photography, archery, wood working, and rappelling are offered in a therapeutic and structured environment. Program success is measured by lasting relationships with mentors, school attendance, no new reports of delinquency, and annual camp participation. Grant funds will be used for program costs, scholarships for campers, food costs, activities, and more.
The Eureka Police Department looks forward to partnering with both recipients and appreciates their dedication to serving the youth in our community.