Drug Free Communities and Community Coalition Program

The Blinn College Community Coalition grant: BVCASA & Blinn College have formed the Blinn College Community Coalition. Comprised of concerned students at the Brenham and Bryan campuses, as well as school and community members, the Coalition’s primary mission is to reduce underage alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse among college students by building collaboration and employing strategic, community-level changes.

The Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) funded community coalition established to reduce alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse in Robertson County.  The project, named the Robertson County Community Coalition or RCCC, is designed to implement environmental strategies to change community norms regarding the acceptability of underage alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.  The coalition is composed of more than 100 members from 13 sectors of the community including law enforcement, schools, faith-based organizations, city and county government, parents, the business community, social service agencies, the medical community, media and youth.

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The Community Coalition Program (CCP or The Hearne High School Zero Tolerance [ZT] Coalition) is the youth sector of the DFC grant.  Funding for the ZT Coalition is from DSHS.  To date, there are 60 active ZT members at Hearne High School.  ZT membership has consistently increased by providing youth with service opportunities, leadership skills, peer advocacy, drug free activities and trips to state conferences where students learn about the dangers of alcohol and drug use.  Last year 90% (19 out of 20) of graduating senior ZT members were accepted into college.

RCCC and ZT staff have just completed six major projects:  all 5 school districts participated in the Texas School Survey (the first time for Franklin ISD); the “Pill Round-Up” – a collaborative with the DEA to collect old, unused prescriptions to keep them from youth, 11,000 pills were collected and incinerated; “Parents Who Host Lose The Most” – a social norms campaign designed to decrease the incidence of parents contributing to minors by hosting parties where alcohol is readily available; as a part of PWHLTM, a “Sticker Shock” campaign was conducted by the Hearne High School Zero Tolerance Youth Coalition to get youth actively involved in spreading the Zero Tolerance message to those purchasing alcohol to not contribute to minors; the “Crackdown Mission” conducted in Calvert – a collaboration with the City of Calvert to demolish 5 known crack houses; the “Above the Influence” campaign – a social media campaign which demonstrates youth making the decision to be “above the influence” of drugs and alcohol, ZT members took pictures and marketed them on Facebook showing that they were above being “wasted”; the “After Hours” Ordinance – developed and passed by the Hearne City Council to limit the hours of operation to midnight instead of 24 hours for BYOB bars; and RCCC and ZT youth collaborated to open a Chartered Boys and Girls Club to serve Robertson County youth.  The club provides after school supervised activities for area youth, including tutoring, a teen service club, and life skills classes coupled with a focus curriculum (Smart Moves).  Additionally, the Needs Assessment, Logic Model and Strategic Plan were updated and approved by the RCCC Advisory Committee and ONDCP.

Population Served/Client Base

Robertson County, located in Central Texas, is a small rural community that includes the cities of Hearne, Calvert, Mumford, Franklin and Bremond.  The total population for the county is 16,622 citizens (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 estimate), with 25.3% under the age of 18.  Ethnicity is as follows:  67.7 % Caucasian, 18.0% Hispanic and 21.6% African-American.  The Median household income is $37,261 (state level: $48,286).  The nearest metropolitan area is Bryan-College Station, located 10 miles south in Brazos County.

Call BVCASA’s Community Coalition Coordinators, Carrie Kenney and Michael Chism, at (979) 846-3560 for more information.

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