Buffalo County Community Partners and the Positive Pressure coalition are excited to accept a $10,000 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation. The funds will be used to expand the coalition’s “Take A Stand” campaign, an innovative youth-led media campaign that aims to reduce youth alcohol use, procurement of alcohol to minors, and driving while intoxicated.
The “Take A Stand” campaign was founded in collaboration with the Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board in 2008 when YAB was awarded the Governor’s Safe and Drug Free Grant in order to implement a youth substance abuse program.
Positive Pressure has expanded this campaign even further to include parents in its “Parents Take A Stand” program. The program offers primarily web-based support and encouragement to parents of teens who might be faced with the pressures of substance abuse. It is designed to house interactions between parents in the community in order to share advice to assist in keeping our community safe.
In regards to the coalition and its involvement with the Union Pacific Foundation, Coalition Coordinator Tana Nelsen said, “The Positive Pressure Coalition works hard to continually provide needed resources to our community and it’s an honor to have our efforts supported by the Union Pacific Foundation.”
The grant from the Union Pacific Foundation will be used to enhance Positive Pressure’s mission by implementing messages about driving while intoxicated into each campaign in hopes of decreasing the number of alcohol related incidents on Buffalo County Roads—specifically at railroad intersections.
Visit positivepressure.org for more information on the “Take a Stand” campaigns, community resources, and more.