Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities

The Foundation's program, Free To Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities, was designed to support selected Head Start agencies to adapt and evaluate innovative substance abuse prevention models that aim to strengthen a young child's environment, specifically the family and community.The purpose of this project is to develop a model to strengthen the natural social bonds within neighborhoods and reinforce norms against drugs for Head Start families and their neighbors. Head Start families will be the catalysts to organize their fellow residents and join with local organizations to plan and implement action such as neighborhood clean-up, environmental modifications to limit alcohol and tobacco, community policing, and alternative youth activities. Neighborhood residents will be hired to serve as Community Organizers and Youth Advocates, the latter to be trained by the YMCA, to assist youth groups to plan and implement alternative activities. Key partners are the YMCA, Compton Police Department, Western Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities,and the Compton School System. The grantee serves an urban area in and near South Central Los Angeles with a changing ethnic composition currently approximately equally African American and Latino.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $316,326.00

Awarded on: 4/27/1994

Time frame: 5/1/1994 - 4/30/1996

Grant Number: 24233


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

1731 East 120th Street
Los Angeles, 90059-3051


Lynn Harris
Project Director