The SAFE Coalition today announced that they are the recipient of a 2 year, $300,000 grant from the Bingham Trust. This funding will directly support the Up In Smoke: substance use cessation program for any teen, in any community, between the ages of 14-18.
This three-day program will allow students to learn why they are using, hear from other local peers in recovery, and develop wellness recovery action plans to utilize after they have graduated from the program.
"Our mission is to listen to the needs of the community and develop programs for families to support those needs. Every day we hear from families and school systems about the need for teen support related to substance use and most specifically vaping" says Jennifer Levine, CEO and co-founder of The SAFE Coalition. "This funding will increase access for teens in any community to engage in evidence supported, SEL focused learned related to why they are using substances. We are so thankful to the Bingham Trust for this opportunity and are excited to begin to support our adolescents with their recovery!"
Features and benefits include
- Suspension Alternative - This program can be used as suspension alternative for teens
- Trained facilitator - SAFE facilitator has been trained in each modality of support
- Transportation - If a teen would like to attend, transportation can be provided
- Food Access - All snacks, waters, and lunch are provided
- Peer Support and Counseling- Referrals to in-house services for teens and family
This program will run weekly, Tuesday- Thursday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About the SAFE Coalition:
SAFE is a judgement free community organization relentlessly committed to educating and supporting those affected by substance use disorder and mental health concerns across southeastern Massachusetts. Staffed by trusted, trained professionals and peer support volunteers, SAFE compassionately empowers individuals and their loved ones by breaking down barriers to treatment and emotional support in a way that inspires success on the journey to recovery.