Local organizations dedicated to youth received a financial boost last week when the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition handed out mini grants.
This is the seventh year the Vision Coalition has giving grants up to $1,500, according to Executive Director DJ Peterson. He commended the group receiving grants, calling them “a coalition of partners working together” to help youth stay “safe, healthy and drug free.”
“No one can do it alone,” Peterson added.
Local efforts are making a difference. A recent Vision Coalition survey found alcohol and tobacco use among youth declined over the last five years, according to Peterson. Also, youth riding as passengers when the driver is under the influence of alcohol has also decreased, he added.
“Unfortunately, there’s still work to be done,” Peterson said.
El Dorado County dignitaries in attendance commended the Vision Coalition and its partners for their dedication to improving the lives of young people. “We need to keep youth engaged,” said Sheriff John D’Agostini. “As we can see we’re on the right track.”
Grants were given to the following groups at a special presentation last Thursday:
Assistance League of the Sierra Foothills
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Center for Violence-free Relationships
El Dorado Hills Library’s Youth Executive League and the Library
Hands4Hope – Youth Making a Difference
Marina Village Middle School’s Club Live
Marina Village Middle School’s Drugstore program
Marina Village Middle School’s Where Everyone Belongs program
Mercy Housing (White Rock VIllage)
Oak Ridge High School’s Link Crew and Friday Night Live programs
Oak Ridge High School’s Safe School Ambassadors program
Oak Ridge High School’s Math Club
Oak Ridge High School’s Sober Grad Night
PARTY Program of Northern California
Pleasant Grove Middle School’s Where Everyone Belongs program
Remi Vista Inc.
Rolling Hills Middle School’s Respecting Others And Ourselves program
Sierra Cable Access TV, Channel 2
Vibe Youth program