Empowering youth to make positive decisions and lead healthy, drug-free lives.
A community where all families are aware of the dangers of substance misuse and addiction.
Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education
HOPE for Franklin County is a drug-free communities organization, providing prevention programs that help reduce the likelihood that our youth will engage in substance misuse. Our programs are based on evidence-based, research-supported strategies, and they are focused on:
- Raising Awareness
- Educating Youth and Adults
- Providing Teen Leadership Opportunities
- Advocating for Public Health Policies
Together We Can Make a Difference
HOPE is built on the concept that it takes all of us, working together, to maintain a strong, healthy Franklin County. Each of us brings different strengths, talents, and energy to the cause. Please join our effort by attending a meeting, providing your feedback, and signing up for our mailing list. You can also check back here for a calendar of upcoming events to support, or to see the photos of recent coalition activities.
When’s the next HOPE meeting or upcoming event?
YOUth Belong! Program
How do young people feel about their place in our community?
How do adults feel about encouraging and valuing our youth?
These questions are critical to how we educate our community members about the importance of all youth feeling accepted, respected, and valued.
Young people need to experience strong positive relationships in their families, schools and community. But often, they miss out on these important relationships due to bias, prejudice, and exclusion that is based on their age, income, gender, and other differences.
As a result of a recent survey, HOPE is implementing a county-wide program that educates adults about the issues that impact whether youth feel connected to their community. Click here to read the full report analyzing our survey results. You can also click here to review some of the highlights.
Join us as we help show young people that YOUth Belong! Click HERE to learn about how you can get free YOUth Belong! items like stickers, bookmarks, buttons and keychains to show everyone you believe that ALL youth are important.
“YOUth are seen, YOUth are valued, Youth belong!”
Artwork by Maddie Dickinson, HOPE Coalition Youth Sector Representative
The Rural Community Action Guide, provided through the Office of National Drug Control Policy, empowers local leaders to meet the unique challenges faced by rural areas attempting to create effective programs to address substance use disorder. The guide helps coalitions to face these challenges head on with recommended action steps and best practices for local solutions that will create real change.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center provides communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others with the information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. Resources can be found HERE about vaping, medication assisted treatment, preventing marijuana use among pregnant women, and many more subjects.