The Fayette County Prevention Coalition accepted a check from First State Bank of Washington Court House on Tuesday, July 6 in order to help fund the Youth-Led Coalition scholarships.
The Fayette County Prevention Coalition is a group of community members who work to prevent youth substance abuse in the community. Through this coalition, there is also a youth-led coalition which works directly with the youth of the community to allow them to have their own voice when it comes to substance abuse prevention.
Historically, these groups of students met separately at each school until the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020. The pandemic made it possible for them to team up and create the Blue Lion-Panther Partnership through web-based meeting software. Their efforts are coordinated by adult-ally Maddi Wallace, the youth and community engagement coordinator for the Drug Free Communities Program at the Community Action Commission of Fayette County.
Wallace was actually the founder of the first youth coalition formed at Miami Trace Local Schools.
Thanks to First State Bank’s generous donation and support, the coalition is able to fulfill a goal set in 2017 to have this scholarship to reward the efforts of youth leaders. Each school’s senior youth coalition members will have the opportunity to receive one of these scholarships by gaining the most volunteer hours with the coalition throughout the school year.
The Fayette County Prevention Coalition would like to thank First State Bank and Mark Richards for making this possible and for supporting the youth of the community. Also appreciated and being thanked is Godwin Apaliyah of the fundraising subcommittee of the Fayette County Prevention Coalition for his continued efforts and support.
If there are any questions on how to get involved with the Fayette County Prevention Coalition or getting youth involved with the Youth-Led coalition, please contact Maddi Wallace at 740-335-7282.
Over the next few months, the youth coalition has a skating party and a leadership conference planned. Free skating with pizza will take place July 15 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Roller Haven.
Then, Aug. 4 and 5, a leadership conference will take place at Deer Creek Lodge. Youth will be invited to participate in team building, fun, food and learning during this experience — getting them ready to kick off the next school year.
At the Fayette County Fair will be a booth in which the coalition is partnering with Pathways to Recovery.