A community coalition is a connection to community-based substance abuse prevention activities.
Community coalitions are organizations that support civic participation in local drug prevention efforts. Coalitions may be comprised of a combination of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement and/or the media.
Community coalitions foster strong partnerships with local youth by working to institute a number of drug and alcohol programs in schools. In some areas, they send speakers into schools to raise awareness about substance abuse. Many community coalitions stage regular substance abuse-related community events, like walks, runs and town hall meetings.
Community coalitions provide parents with substance abuse resources, including general information on drug abuse and how to get in touch with local treatment centers.
Parents can help organize community events, such as forums or presentations. They can also share expertise and perspectives to help coalitions develop creative solutions to community problems.