Navajo County Community Against Meth becomes Drug-free America partner

PHOENIX-The Navajo County Coalition Against Drug Abuse as of April 25 has become an Alliance Member with The Partnership for Drug-Free America, Arizona Chapter. The focus of this Alliance is to raise awareness and educate the community on the drug threats facing our children. This innovative new partnership will promote drug prevention education and information to parents, community members and teens. As an Alliance member, Navajo County Coalition Against Drug Abuse will utilize the research-based education and media messages from The Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Community awareness programs such as parental/caregiver and youth education and professional training will also be provided by the Arizona Chapter to Navajo County Coalition Against Drug Abuse.

The Alliance coordinator for the Navajo County is Debe Campbell. "This is an exciting opportunity to develop and implement a quality drug awareness and prevention program. The Partnership for a Drug- Free America, Arizona Chapter and Navajo County Coalition Against Drug Abuse brings years of professional experience and dedication to Navajo County," she said.

According to Leslie Bloom, executive director for the Arizona Chapter, the Community Alliance Program is essential to our state. "It allows us to effectively service the needs of communities that are seeking our expertise and public awareness resources. Our goal is to create a statewide network of organizations and community groups that will benefit from The Partnership's 20 year history of proven effective public service campaigns."

"We are proud to have Navajo County Coalition Against Drug Abuse as an Alliance member," continued Bloom. "We know it will be a partnership that will help save lives. We are grateful to Thunderbirds Charities for its founding support and investment in our statewide Community Alliance Program."

To become an Alliance member the group must be dedicated to substance abuse prevention. For more information about becoming an Alliance member, contact Colleen Pyra, Community Alliance Program Coordinator at 602-318-3111 or colleen_pyra@drugfree.org. To contact the Alliance Coordinator for Navajo County please contact Debe Campbell at 928-368-7519 or navcoantimeth@gmail.com.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America was formed in 1986 by the communications industry to educate children, parents and communities about the consequences of illicit drug use and the benefits of living drug-free. The Partnership is highly regarded for its proven effective media campaigns and public awareness programs. Independent studies from academia, business and science document the profound impact of The Partnership's programs on attitudes and behavior. The Arizona Chapter was established in 2003 to carry out The Partnership's mission to reduce illicit drug use in America and throughout the state while meeting the unique needs of Arizona communities. The Partnership is a privately funded, 501-c- 3 organization. Through its programs, the Arizona Chapter inspires and persuades Arizonans to join in a united effort to prevent illicit drug use among teens through community-based education. The research-based public education campaigns reach parents and children through public service announcements, parent outreach programs, pediatricians, public relations, school-based programs, and educational brochures. For more information, visit the Chapter website at www.drugfree.org/az.

Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the FBR Open golf tournament. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization's giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. For more information on the Thunderbirds, Thunderbirds Charities or the 2008 FBR Open, call the Thunderbirds office at (602) 870-0163 or visit www.fbropen.com.

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