TAOS ALIVE IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO REDUCE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONGST YOUTH IN TAOS COUNTY
- Mission: Taos Alive Coalition unites the community to plan and implement strategies that prevent and reduce substance use and its consequences among Taos County youth.
- Vision: Taos County youth will live in a community that is safe, secure and drug-free.
Taos Alive Coalition proud to welcome Christalyn Concha as the Taos Pueblo Drug Free Coalition Coordinator and Bettina Sandoval as the Vida Del Norte Drug Free Coalition Coordinator.
In 2015 Taos Alive Coalition decided to assist communities around Taos County to develop Drug Free Coalitions to better serve Taos County residents. Taos Alive successfully mentored Northern Taos County (Questa, Amalia, Costilla, Cerro) to develop a Drug Free Coalition "Vida del Norte" and receive federal funding this fiscal year. Taos Alive also applied for and received funding to Mentor Taos Pueblo to develop a Drug Free Coalition. Taos Alive/Taos Pueblo was one of only 3 coalitions around the country to receive this funding.
The image below is an Example of how our Coalition understands our community through the lens of solving 'Youth Substance Abuse':
Taos Alive Coalition applies the 7 Strategies for Community Change for each of the Local Conditions that we identify for Taos County.
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.
Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems. DFCs involve local communities in finding solutions and also helps youth at risk for substance use recognize the majority of our Nation’s youth choose not to use substances.
* To learn more abut our Strategic Plan or to Get Involved with the Taos Alive Coalition visit TAOSALIVE.ORG