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What We Do

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The Coalition is comprised of representatives from local and state agencies, the school district, non-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations. The Coalition sponsors services targeting every elementary, middle and high school in the district and is supported through other state, federal or foundation grants.


promote policies, programs, and activities that enhance the health and well-being of local youth


utilize data collection and community engagement to understand how and why youth engage in substance use and where they obtain those substances


intervene early in the lives of youth to address and mitigate the risk factors that contribute to youth substance abuse in order to delay the initiation of alcohol and tobacco use


implement research-based prevention and intervention services in order to combat youth substance abuse


conduct community outreach efforts to change the societal acceptance and expectations surrounding youth substance abuse, and educate the public about the risks and dangers of youth substance abuse


reduce and eventually eliminate the loss of life, wasted potential, and negative health and economic impacts associated with youth substance abuse in Lancaster County


The Coalition for Healthy Youth meets on the 3rd Wednesday each month, with the exception of June, July and December. Our meetings are held on the University of South Carolina-Lancaster Campus at the Carole Ray Dowling Building, 476 Hubbard Dr. Lancaster, SC 29720.

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