BICAF Highlight Programs

BICAF grants are making a positive impact in communities nationwide. From southern California to northern Maine, we are helping communities develop innovative solutions to challenging problems. Good ideas, and good people joining together to make a difference. That's how BICAF grantees are reducing alcohol abuse in America, community by community. Each organization represents a group of dedicated individuals, working to improve young people's lives, one by one.
Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, Inc. in Nashville, TN

The oldest and one of the largest non-profit alcohol and drug councils in the region -- serves an estimated 2,000 teenagers each year. Services include full-time counselors who deal on a confidential level with area students to combat alcohol and drug abuse, among other problems.

Arapahoe House "STARS" Program in Thornton, CO

An early intervention program for at-risk youth in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Currently offered at three inner-city middle schools in the Denver Public School System, the goal of the STARS program is to build the youngsters' confidence, self-esteem and decision-making processes.

Arkansas Designated Driver Program in Little Rock, AR

Provides funding to educate youth on the provisions of a newly-enacted underage driving under the influence (DUI) law. This project maintains the organization's goal of teaching personal responsibility and utilizing the designated driver concept.

The Campagna Center's STAR Program in Alexandria, VA

Provides volunteers and social service professionals dedicated to protecting youth from substance abuse and other dangers by teaching them successful life management skills.

Cottonwood Recreation Center in Cottonwood, AL

Provides community youth with a safe, supportive environment in which they can grow and develop their own individual personalities, skills and interests.

Earning Through Learning in Rome, GA

Part of a substance abuse prevention and literacy program to help younger students get better grades in school. The reading program is an effort by the Rome Housing Authority Resident Council that is targeted toward public community housing projects in Floyd County, GA.

The Effective Parenting for Children (EPIC) Program in Warren, NJ

A national training program that helps parents and teachers foster self-esteem and confidence in children to counteract peer pressure that often leads to substance abuse. This program was adopted by the Warren Township School System in 1993, since then, about one-quarter of the teaching staff has been trained.

El Centro Human Services Corporation in Los Angeles, CA

Has been providing comprehensive bilingual/bicultural prevention and recovery services to the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles for over 15 years. This grant will help develop a three-phase substance abuse prevention project for inner city youth.

Family Service of High Point in High Point, NC

Founded in 1940 with the goal of strengthening families and their community. Through the EPIC program, they train parents and teachers on how to prevent youth substance abuse before it starts.

The Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club SMART MOVES program in Silver Spring, MD

A nationally-tested and award winning youth substance abuse program developed by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for youth ages 6-18.

Indianapolis Police Athletic League in Indianapolis, IN

Offers recreational, physical fitness, educational and community service activities to Indianapolis youth to enhance their positive development in body, mind, and spirit. This program receives strong support from Indianapolis communities.

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum and Aquarium in Ft. Meyers, FL

A community built museum designed to encourage the exploration and discovery of the physical, life and aquatic sciences. An interactive exhibit demonstrating the harmful consequences of drunk driving was partially funded by the brewers and will soon be on permanent display.

Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic University of Colorado in Boulder, CO

Offers and adopt-a-school program which matches sorority and fraternity members with local elementary students to help them succeed in school.

John L. Webb Correctional Facility in Wilmington, DE

Educates those convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) about how to drink alcohol responsibly. It is the only program at the state facility aimed to help DUI offenders from committing further offenses and is supported by private funds only. Over 2,500 people from the New Castle County Area, including community groups, businesses and schools, helped support the program last year.

Kawduka Youth Center, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT

A non-profit organization founded to help high-risk inner city youth become self-sufficient; promote responsible decision-making; and develop healthy lifestyles. The Center offers family group and one-on-one therapy, substance abuse counseling, training classes, field trips, and transportation to recreational facilities as part of its curriculum.

The Milwaukee Women's Center, Inc. (MWC) in Milwaukee, WI

A community-based private, non-profit organization renown for its work against substance abuse. MWC has provided alcohol and substance abuse counseling to almost 10,000 people in the Milwaukee area during the past 15 years. In 1994, the MWC provided alcohol and substance abuse counseling to almost 1,500 Milwaukee citizens.

North Rockland Central School District's Sunshine Program in Garnerville, NY

Provides after-school counseling to students from dysfunctional home environments where substance and alcohol abuse are prevalent.

Project III of Central Florida's Expressive Arts Program in Orlando, FL

Offers 12-week classes in clay work, writing and drawing for teenagers (ages 13-17) who have alcohol or drug abuse related problems. The art classes are used as therapy to help the teens express their feelings, Each group consists of about 12 students from Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties in Florida.

Soledad Enrichment Action, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA

Founded in 1972 by mothers in East Los Angeles whose children had been killed because of gang or drug-related activities. The group encourages parents and youngsters to work hand-in-hand with professionals to confront the reality of urban challenges. The BICAF grant will help SEA expand their "High Risk Youth Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program" to 10-12 year-olds at risk of becoming gang members.

The STOP-GAP Theater Company of Santa Ana, CA

Is performing an interactive play -- Under Pressure -- offering powerful stories drawn from real-life experiences of recovering teen substance abusers. BICAF funding will allow for four performances primarily for students grades 5-12, tier families, and adult groups. It has been on tour in Southern California's Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

VIP-PEERS -- A Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf (SAISD) Program

Provides prevention and intervention services to National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) students and deaf community clients from the sixteen-county area surrounding Rochester, NY. Now part of an international network, SAISD was the first comprehensive drug and alcohol prevention program designed for deaf individuals in the U.S. when it was created in 1979.

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