Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation Commits More Than $10.2 Million to Support Drug Prevention Education
The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is pleased to announce that it has committed more than $10.2 million to help students in Marion County avoid substance use and improve students' social and emotional well-being. The grants are part of Prevention Matters, a three-year initiative to help schools identify, implement, and sustain proven substance use prevention programs. The Foundation launched Prevention Matters in January 2018 to fill a gap in substance use prevention programming across Marion County, and to equip teachers and school leaders with tools that help students navigate difficult choices around drug and alcohol use, and decrease risky decision-making.
The quality of grant applications received by the Foundation is indicative of the understanding schools have of the challenges students face both inside and outside the classroom, the thoughtful work done by schools during the planning phase, and the willingness of schools to prioritize substance use prevention education by incorporating programs within the school schedule. Through Prevention Matters funding, twenty-four implementation grant recipients will begin delivering evidence-based substance use prevention programs to students in the 2018-2019 school year. During the three-year grant period, these programs will reach a projected 71,112 students across 151 Marion County schools. Additional details can be found in the press release or on the Prevention Matters webpage.