Appalachian foundation awards $5,000 grant

NELSONVILLE — Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) has awarded a grant to Personal and Family Counseling Services in Carroll County to support Youth-Led Prevention. The organization will receive $5,000 over two years, training and technical assistance for adult facilitators of youth-led programming, and the support of fellow grantees who are guiding youth leaders in the region.

FAO announced the several grantees following a $20,000 donation from NEXUS Gas Transmission.

Ohioans living in Appalachia have been greatly impacted by the destruction of the national opiate epidemic. The grants will invest not only in prevention strategies designed to reach young people, but also in the ability of young people to lead effective prevention efforts themselves. Funding from NEXUS will help to support training and technical assistance in Columbiana County through a collaboration with Steel Valley FCA, the Columbiana County Educational Service Center and Family Recovery Center, as well as support Personal and Family Counseling Services in Carroll County in their efforts to grow youth-led prevention of substance use in their community.

With the grants, the Foundation will work with Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs to build upon their track record of growing youth-led prevention across Ohio by expanding efforts in the state’s Appalachian region.

With additional partnership and support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Prevention Action Alliance, grantees will work with partners that stretch beyond Appalachian Ohio.

Additionally, FAO will support capacity-building grants to develop additional understanding around youth-led prevention in local communities, like the dollars supporting the Family Recovery Center in Columbiana County.

“Strengthening Youth-Led Prevention” is the first grant initiative through the foundation’s new Health & Human Services Pillar Fund for Appalachian Ohio. In a region long plagued by a philanthropy gap that leaves Appalachian Ohio with nine times fewer philanthropic resources than the rest of the state, FAO has launched the Pillars of Prosperity to create and invest the kind of flexible, strategic funds most needed in the region’s communities. Each fund focuses on one of five areas essential to a vibrant and prosperous region – Arts & Culture, Community & Economic Development, Education, Environmental Stewardship, and Health & Human Services.

Gifts to FAO’s Health & Human Services Pillar are tax deductible and can be made in a number of ways, including cash, gifts in wills and life insurance. To make a donation, designate the Health and Human Services Pillar and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Donations can also be made online by visiting the online giving page on the foundation’s website.

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