WEST CHESTER (June 8) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that two Chester County organizations will receive more than $ 65,000 in state grant funding for programs designed to prevent underage drinking and substance abuse through increased parental involvement.bottle-caps-647830_1280

“Underage and irresponsible drinking affects all aspects of the community, but very often the path to prevention begins at home.” Dinniman said. “These funds will help parents and families use proven methods to prevent underage drinking and substance abuse by learning about their dangers and staying in tune with their kids.”

The grants, which come through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) Bureau of Alcohol Education, are as follows:

  • Holcomb Associates, Inc. will receive $40,000 for the Parents Who Host Lose the Most Program, an initiative designed to inform parents of the serious health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties. Holcomb will target Latino families in Southern Chester County with the program.
  • The West Chester Area School District will receive $25,872 for the Parents Who Host Lose the Most Program and MADD’s Power of Parents Program. The Power of Parents Program includes a series of workshops to encourage parents to get involved in talking with their children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Holcomb Associates and the West Chester Area School District were selected for funding from 103 applicants statewide in the highly competitive process. In total, the PLCB awarded $2,274,291 in grants to 65 entities across the Commonwealth in the 2015-17 cycle.

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