CASAC Receives $2K Award

The Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council was recently awarded $2,000 by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to create an online Prevention Works Video Library available at

There are six short videos that provide tools and techniques on the following topics: social norms, assertiveness, self-esteem, decision-making, coping with anxiety and communications skills.

Stress and struggles come in many forms throughout life. The videos can help people learn how to deal with difficulties when they arise, as well as prepare us for challenges in the future.

Because today’s youth face many risks, including substance use, learning to respond to risks before they become problems and enhancing protective factors is the goal behind CASAC’s Prevention Works Video library. The earlier youth are taught valuable life skills, the less likely they are to engage in drug use and other problem behaviors later in life.

Schools and youth-based organizations are encouraged to present the videos during Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23 through Oct. 31. The 2-3 minute video clips can be supplemental material to include in morning announcements, during health class, youth groups or other avenues to help generate discussion surrounding tools that youth can use to get through tough times instead of referring to alcohol or other substances.