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, CYC has been the driving force to reduce substance abuse in youth across the board in Coolidge by 40%.
CYC DFC Staff are consistently trained by ONDCP, CADCA and SAMHSA on current and emerging drug trends, community organization and collaboration and coalition sustainability.
For three 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.
On September 30, 2019, CYC’s DFC program will reach the end of its grant term with strong sustainability. Starting on October 1, 2019, CYC will be operating in partnership with Arizona National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, Pinal County Latino Opioid Consortium (PCLOC), and other program grants (TBA) to address challenges faced by the opioid epidemic and other substance abuse issues. CYC will continue to offer programs and resources that empower youth, foster family bonding and build a drug-free Coolidge community.