Organized in 1989 as the Coolidge Alliance Against Drugs, in 2007 the group incorporated as the Coolidge Youth Coalition, became a non-profit and achieved recognition from the IRS as a tax-exempt (501c3) charitable organization.
In September of 2009, the Coolidge Youth Coalition competed for and won an Award for a Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant (DFC) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) out of the White House. The Coolidge Youth Coalition applied for Drug Free Communities Funding again in 2014 and was awarded another 5 years under the DFC Program. The current DFC Grant is renewable subject to achieving the primary goals of the DFC Program which must have the reduction of substance abuse among youth as its principal mission along with strengthening the collaboration among surrounding communities to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. In the last 5 years the CYC Drug Free Communities Program has been the driving force to reduce substance abuse in youth across the board in Coolidge by 40%.
The Coolidge Youth Coalition moved into their first office at the Coolidge Adult Center, 250 W. Third Street, Coolidge, Arizona, in February of 2010. Current DFC Staff at the CYC office are Sharon Schultz-Boyd, Director of the Drug-Free Communities Team for the CYC, and Mandy Alexander, Drug-Free Communities Team Coordinator. DFC Staff are consistently trained by ONDCP, CADCA and SAMHSA on current and emerging drug trends, community organization and collaboration and coalition sustainability.
For two decades now, concerned residents, parents, businesses, city/county officials and leaders, and civic organizations have worked with the CYC to sponsor such activities as Underage Drinking Prevention including promoting the Social Hosting Ordinance, Underage Drinking Town Halls, Parent Universities, Safe & Sober Grad-Nite for Coolidge’s graduating seniors, and drug prevention activities. CYC presents monthly in front of the Coolidge City Council and collaborates with the City of Coolidge Police Department to reduce drug abuse in Coolidge.