December 02, 2013 —

The Five Moms team works to prevent medicine abuse across the nation and in local communities. And we’re not alone – countless organizations across the country are doing their part to make a difference.

In the spirit of the holidays, StopMedicineAbuse.org is recognizing organizations with the second annual Five Moms T.E.A.M. (Teen Education, Action, and Mentoring) Award. Learn how the five winning organizations make a difference in keeping teens safe and healthy:

Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County’s (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) overall mission is to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth and adults in its county. The coalition’s vision is: “Healthier Children Today, Healthier Community Tomorrow.” To achieve this goal, the key focus of the coalition is to prevent and reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse, underage drinking and binge drinking, and create a safer and healthier community for youth. Find them on Facebook at Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County.

Glen Cove PRIDE Project Coalition’s (Glen Cove, New York) mission is to bring the Glen Cove community together to collaborate in eliminating alcohol and substance abuse among youth and adults. The goals and objectives of the Coalition draw on a community-wide approach to change community norms, values, and policies about alcohol and substance abuse that foster consistent standards for behavior and the need for prevention. The target populations served are: all youth who are at risk of becoming substance abusers and their parents and the Glen Cove community at large. The Glen Cove PRIDE Project Coalition is comprised of four committees: Youth, School, Parents and Community. Find them on Facebook at Glen Cove PRIDE Project Coalition.

Foundation for Special Needs, KIDS Plus (Kids In Developmental Sports) (Northport, New York) is a recognized 501©3 charitable organization dedicated to researching, creating and providing therapeutic recreation programs which include developmental sports programs and structured recreational activities that promote, through participation, the physical, social and emotional well-being of children with developmental disabilities; as well as respite for their families. Find them on Facebook at K.I.D.S. Plus, Inc.

Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation (Maine Township, Illinois) is a community coalition committed to preventing and reducing drug and alcohol use and promoting healthy choices among youth in Maine Township, Illinois. The target audience is middle school and high school youth and their families. Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation (MCYAF) has identified prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse as a priority, along with alcohol, marijuana and inhalants. Drug abuse can result in lower academic performance, early sexual activity, violence, and negative health consequences, including drug addiction and even death. Find them on Facebook at Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation, Inc. (MCYAF) or on Twitter at @MCYAF2020.

Navajo County Drug Project (Pinetop, Arizona) seeks to mobilize a diverse community representation to respond to substance abuse problems unique to different communities; to develop and implement a community focused plan that identifies and implements strategies to affect community beliefs, attitudes, perceptions and practices around substance abuse issues. Find them on Facebook at Navajo County Drug Project or on Twitter at @NaCoDrugProject.

Thank you to all of this year’s amazing nominees, we appreciate all that you do to make an impact in the lives of teens.

Happy Holidays!