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ICAN Chandler honored with national award ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth received the 2015 National Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies at the annual conference of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. Three other organizations also received the award. ICAN’s Be the Change initiative focuses on prevention of underage drinking, marijuana abuse and illegal use of prescription drugs through four program components: • Development and prevention programming that uses professionally trained staff, evidence-based life skills and prevention-focused curricula for youth. • Parent support and education groups, including substance abuse awareness and training. • Community leadership and mobilization training for youth and adults, and monthly community service work. • Youth, parent/adult, and substantial community involvement in ICAN’s Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse. “ICAN has been recognized as a leader in prevention in Arizona for some time,” said Becky Jackson, president and CEO of ICAN. “For our organization to now be honored at the national level is a powerful statement about the effectiveness and impact of what we are doing.” Evaluation results reveal that an average of 80 percent of youth attending

ICAN Youth Devon Jones, 11, holds ICAN’s national award. Submitted photo

Grant enables child car seat inspections to continue

prevention programming at ICAN report improvements in the critical protective factors and social competencies proven to reduce the likelihood of substance abuse. Additionally, 88 percent of ICAN youth report improved ability to say “no” to what they know is wrong, including resisting involvement in alcohol and drugs. ICAN is a free, family-centered youth service in the East Valley that provides programs to equip youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. Info: (480) 821-4207 or www.icanaz.org.

The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department has received $37,586 to continue its child safety seat clinics through Sept. 30. The grant came from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Grant funds will be used to staff the clinics and to provide 150 child safety seats for families who cannot afford to purchase this lifesaving equipment on their own. Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States, due in large part to the lack of or improper use of child seats and seat belts. CFHM offers car seat clinics most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at various locations in the city. Clinics are conducted by CFHM personnel who

have been certified as child passenger seat technicians through SafeKids International. The firefighters ensure each child is safeguarded in the appropriate seat for their age and weight, and they provide one-on-one instruction to caregivers on how to properly install and use their child’s car seat. Since 2002, CFHM’s partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has enabled Chandler firefighters to protect the lives of more than 11,000 children by helping to ensure each child is properly secured when riding in a motor vehicle. Info: www.chandleraz.gov/fire or (480) 782-2046.

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