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12/5/2007 —

The Commission for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) recently announced the recipients of seven student organization mini-grants for the 2007-2008 academic year. The mini-grants provide financial resources and support to student organizations at various Penn State campuses for programs that address alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems. 

For this year, CSAP awarded nearly $3,000 in funding to those who met the grant criteria. One of the University groups selected was the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Women’s Volleyball team and their "Positive Identity" program.

According to Natalie Vasquez, a sophomore Business major from Manhattan, NY, “I’ve seen first hand what happens to people who drink large amounts of alcohol, and who do drugs. My team-mates and I decided to organize activities, which would provide information on the side-effects associated with substance abuse.” During the next several months, the volleyball players will be planning events, which will focus on drug-related issues and problems. Vasquez says, “In order for our peers to identify the negative consequences of alcohol and drug abuse, we have to provide programs that are unconventional, educational, and relatable to our age group.”

The Student Mini-Grant program, designed in 2005, is a means to empower students to develop creative, effective initiatives to reduce high-risk drinking and prevent tobacco and other drug use on their campus.  CSAP recognizes that students’ best understand their own issues and concerns as well as the type of programs and events that will appeal to their peers.  CSAP provides funding to student groups for initiatives such as alcohol-free social activities and the development of peer advocacy groups that will work to create environmental or policy change. To learn more about CSAP and its initiatives, including the student mini-grants, please visit their website at http://www.csap.psu.edu/.

For more information, please contact the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Public Information Office at 570-675-9269.

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