Mini-Grant Awarded to Penn State Lehigh Valley Service Club
The Commission for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) recently announced the recipients of seven student organization mini-grants for the 2007-2008 academic year. The mini-grants, totaling nearly $3,000 in funding, provide financial resources and support to student organizations at various Penn State campuses for programs that address alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems. The Penn State Lehigh Valley Service Club was among the recipients this year for their Alternative Spring Break initiative.
The Alternative Spring Break program is an outreach excursion to Gulfport, Mississippi (March 9-14, 2008) to be part of Penn State University's community service efforts. Like many of its neighboring towns, much of Gulfport was devastated in 2005 by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Seventy-five Penn State students, including fifteen from the Lehigh Valley campus, will work to rebuild this once thriving community. The CSAP mini-grant will cover the students' cost for this community service project.
The Student Mini-Grant program, designed in 2005, is a means to empower students to develop creative, effective initiatives to reduce high-risk drinking and prevent tobacco and other drug use on their campus. CSAP recognizes that students best understand their own issues and concerns as well as the type of programs and events that will appeal to their peers. CSAP provides funding to student groups for initiatives such as alcohol-free social activities and the development of peer advocacy groups that will work to create environmental or policy change.
For more information on the CSAP Student Mini-Grant program or on the specific awards, please contact Dominique LaRochelle at (814) 867-0425 or DJL274@psu.edu. To learn more about CSAP and its initiatives, including the student mini-grants, please visit the website at http://www.csap.psu.edu/