Media Contact: Abigail G. Moore, CEO
San Antonio (December 6, 2016) – Texas Health and Human Services selects the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SACADA) as recipient of $525,000 in three grants to support youth prevention services in the Bandera, Kerr and Kendall Counties.
The youth prevention services are available to children ages 8 to 18 who are enrolled in school and after-school programs. Currently, SACADA’S prevention specialists partner with 11 school districts in San Antonio. There are over 45 schools in these districts that welcome prevention specialists each semester to use programs proven to reduce substance abuse. The program’s goals are to increase self-esteem, strengthen communication skills, teach stress management methods, encourage healthy decision making as well as providing the skills to achieve the students dreams and goals which ultimately creates a sense of purpose for their future.
The Boerne Independent School District and Bandera Independent School District in the Hill Country are welcoming the free prevention services. Abigail G. Moore, CEO of the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse comments, “We are extremely excited to expand prevention services to the Hill Country; these grants will allow more children to receive prevention education that is desperately needed. The average age of first use of alcohol is 11 years old. That is unacceptable. We know that 90% of addictions begin during the teenage years.”
The Boerne Independent School District is welcoming two prevention specialists to work in the middle schools and the high schools. “In Boerne ISD, our goal is early education aimed at preventing experimentation with alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs,” said Dr. Holly Robles, Boerne ISD Lead for Safe and Drug Free Schools. “The earlier we start with our youth, the better chance we have in encouraging a healthy lifestyle that does not include substances that get in the way of life goals.”
“We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding relationship with our prevention specialists and the SACADA organization. We look forward to many years of successful prevention activities in our community and throughout the area.”
About SACADA- SACADA was founded in 1957, by a small group of citizens whose lives had been affected by the disease of alcoholism. SACADA has been a leader in providing substance abuse prevention, intervention, recovery support, and education in Bexar County. In 2015, SACADA served over 60,000 children and adults. SACADA provides prevention, intervention and recovery services for children and adults in Bexar County. For more information about the SACADA and the youth prevention services in the Hill Country, call 210-225-4741 or visit www.sacada.org.
About Boerne Independent School District – Boerne ISD is one of the fastest growing public school districts in Texas, a destination district for many families moving to the San Antonio metro area. Nine traditional campuses and an alternative center serve as the educational home to 8,300 students. The district places emphasis on preparing students to achieve their goals after graduation. The district is the largest employer in Kendall County with more than 1,000 faculty and staff.