There are many ways that Clinton businesses support prevention of substance abuse.
Hiring our teens and giving them some of their first employment experiences is one! We so appreciate our businesses that set our youth on positive paths and provide the opportunity for them to earn their own money. Businesses have also supported PiC’s mission by being responsible vendors of alcohol and nicotine products, refusing to sell to underage customers. We also welcome donations of time and energy by our businesses in town in all of our activities. We are fortunate to live and work in a small town where we can all be connected, which is good for business and health! Finally, although PiC has received funding for prevention programming, not all of our expenses can be paid for by the grant, which has fairly narrow guidelines for expenditures. Much of our youth programming is run on a shoe-sting budget, with little to no funding for fun things like pizza, tee shirts and give-aways. Donations from our businesses fund some of those fun aspects of the program, which helps us to attract youth participation!
Research conducted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving informs us that parents remain the #1 reason why young people choose to avoid using substances. Some youth also do not have positive relationships with their parents, and that is where the rest of us can come in and help.