Assisting Charlestown Youth and Families for Over 20
Charlestown Against Drugs (CHAD) is a coalition of Charlestown residents working with youth serving organizations, the police department, and others to prevent or reduce substance abuse in the community through educational initiatives about the dangers of substance abuse, and other health risk behaviors. In addition, CHAD promotes and supports activities that provide youth with alternatives to drugs. CHAD promotes healthy growth and development of youth, families and community, through drug avoidance, and supporting activities that encourage teamwork, cooperation, trust, self-reliance and self-esteem.
CHAD seeks to establish an awareness and educational outreach program targeted at Charlestown youth and parents. The program curriculum would be developed to target children (ages 5 –11), adolescents (12 - 18), and parents and guardians.
Because CHAD is, itself, a coalition of numerous groups, it is well-positioned to create and implement educational outreach. CHAD will require all youth-serving programs that receive funding from CHAD to require each participant youth and at least one of his or her parents to attend a forum or seminar, as a condition to funding.
- Boston Police Department, District A-1 Community Service Office
- Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Inc.
- Charlestown Boys and Girls Club
- Massachusetts General Hospital - Charlestown Healthcare Center
- The Trauma Center
- The Medical Foundation