UPC in the News
Unified Prevention Coalition Recognizes FCPS
Thursday, December 01, 2011
The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) has recognized Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for spearheading the creation of school-community coalitions working for alcohol, drug, and violence prevention and supporting the transition of the umbrella organization into an independent countywide coalition.
FCPS first created 23 school-community coalitions in 1984. In 2001, 25 coalitions formed an umbrella organization known as the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County Public Schools and received a multi-year Drug Free Communities Support Program federal grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In summer 2011, UPC became an incorporated non-profit organization based on its successful track record as a local, state, and nationally-recognized coalition. With the support of FCPS, the coalition became independent of the school system on September 30, 2011, and changed its name to the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County.
UPC has more than 50 partners. A key initiative has been its Countywide Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking, formed to address community concern with the high levels of underage alcohol use and binge drinking. UPC, under the direction of a new board of directors and officers, plans to continue to implement recognized evidence-based strategies to address current youth trends in Fairfax County and support the violence and drug prevention efforts of its partners. Visit www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org for more information.
Note: For more information, contact Becky York.