Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau, Inc. has recently welcomed Ali Siemianowski to their staff. Hired as the new Prevention Coordinator, Ali will be working under the Drug Free Communities Grant to strengthen the Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Council’s efforts to prevent youth substance abuse.
The Drug Free Communities Program, directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), provides grants of up to $125,000 to community coalitions that encourage citizens to prevent youth substance abuse. Tri-Town is one of the 169 grantees selected nationwide from 521 applicants to receive this grant. To qualify for matching grants, all awardees must have at least a six-month history of working together on substance abuse reduction initiatives, have representation from 12 sectors of the community, develop a long-term plan to reduce substance abuse and participate in the national evaluation of the DFC program.
Ali is a recent University of Vermont graduate with her Master of Public Administration and a Healthcare Management Certificate. She has held internships with the National Alliance of Mental Illness headquarters in Arlington, VA and with the State of Vermont’s Department of Health. She was also an active member of substance abuse and suicide prevention coalitions in Vermont where she spoke on the particular issues a campus town faces.
Tri-Town looks forward to her joining the continuing prevention efforts here in our communities.