PEER Awards Middle School Students Summer Camp Scholarships

In partnership with the Family Resource Center at the Pomona Community Hub Wellcore is pleased to be able to offer summer camp scholarships to two Pomona Middle School students, thanks to the Prevention Education for East Ramapo Coalition (PEER).

One 7th and one 8th grader have been selected to by the Family Resource Coordinator at the Pomona Community Hub receive the PEER scholarships to Town of Ramapo summer day camps. One student will attend Teen Trek, a program that includes two days per week of swimming and on-site activities and ten trips to venues such as Mountain Creek, Six Flags, White Water rafting and more. A second student will attend Create & Explore Teens, which offers sports, games, crafts, music, drama, swimming, special events like Carnival Day and on-site entertainment and six trips to places including Lake Compounce and Splashdown Beach. As part of the scholarship, the students will also receive gift cards to purchase supplies they may need for camp.

About PEER

PEER is a prevention coalition funded by the Drug-Free Communities Support Mentor Program, a national program aimed at preventing youth drug and alcohol abuse. PEER sponsors positive youth development opportunities such as camp scholarships, as well as three afterschool clubs at Pomona Middle School and Chestnut Ridge Middle School. PEER also hosts community meetings that bring together community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement, and media to work together to prevent youth substance abuse.

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About the Drug-Free Communities Support Program

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program is directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the connections among local partners so they can work together to find solutions to the problem of youth substance abuse and make it possible for young people and adults to participate in local youth drug use prevention efforts in their community. Studies show that 3,700 young people per day between the ages of 12 and 17 used drugs for the first time in 2012. Because they know that local problems need local solutions, coalitions funded by the DFC work with all parts of the community in a variety of ways to address local drug problems.

About Wellcore

Wellcore is an educational consulting company that works with key community stakeholders such as schools, law enforcement, local government, and community members to secure funding opportunities and oversee grants that improve the quality of health throughout the community. Wellcore’s education specialists provide academic enrichment school-wide, through teacher instruction and student programs. Wellcore has been awarded a variety of grants on the state and federal level, such as the prestigious Drug Free Community Support Grant and Drug Free Community Mentoring Grant from the the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the “Now is the Time” Project AWARE Community Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and an Extended Learning Time grant from New York State Education Department.

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