More About Our Mission
Drug Free Communities (DFC) grantees are required to work toward our two goals as the primary focus of their Federally-funded effort. Grants awarded through the DFC Program are intended to support established community-based coalitions capable of effecting community-level change. For the purposes of the DFC Program, a coalition is defined as a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among groups or sectors of a community in which each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. Coalitions receiving DFC funds are expected to work with leaders within their communities to identify and address local youth substance use problems and create sustainable community-level change through environmental strategies.
Long story short... we are given money from DFC to help create change at a community level following a model of change created back in the 60's during the Civil Rights movement. We start at the environmental level and go from there.
7 Strategies for community change
We are on a mission...
Taos Alive Coalition is a community based coalition whose main goal is to reduce substance abuse among Taos County youth through environmental strategies and coalition work. Taos Alive is funded by a Drug Free Communities Grant under the Office of National Drug Control Policy (DFC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA). Taos Alive received its first year of funding to provide support in Taos County in October of 2010.
Taos Alive began its inception under Rocky Mountain Youth Corps OSAP grant from the New Mexico Department of Health where its main goal was to reduce underage drinking and drinking and driving in Taos County Youth.
During this time Taos CARES Health Council was an active Council in the Taos Community focusing on the Health of Taos County through collaborative efforts. One of the main areas of work for the council was substance abuse prevention. So in the spring of 2010 Taos CARES Health Council in collaboration with Clean Air Works in Taos County, Taos Municipal Schools Substance Abuse Program, i2i-Institute, Taos Municipal School Tobacco Prevention Program, Tri County Community Services Prevention Program and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Prevention Program applied for DFC funding to fund the Taos Community in its efforts to reduce substance abuse.
Taos Alive is funded through September 30, 2015 with the ability to apply for 5 more years of funding at this time. The DFC grant requires that Taos Alive gain 100% inkind donation from the Taos Community in order to sustain its efforts and DFC funding.
From the work that Taos Alive has done in the community, there are several sub-committee's that have formed to address the specific needs of the community. These sub-committee's include the Prescription Drug Abuse Initiative, Media Advisory Group, School Wellness Committee, By-Laws Committee, Evaluation Committee, DFC Core Team and others arise to meet the community needs.