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Prevention Team gets grant

TICONDEROGA - The Prevention Team has been awarded a grant of $800 from the Evergreen Fund at the Adirondack Community Trust, Doug Terbeek, executive director, has announced.

According to Terbeek, the grant will be used to support prevention programming targeting Essex County youth. This is especially helpful in a time when some funding sources are drying up, he said.

The Prevention Team, based in Ticonderoga, has expanded its focus in recent years beyond school-based prevention to working with communities as well.

"The agency has worked with several interested communities to organize and mobilize local resources to change local conditions that will better support youth in making substance-free choices," Terbeek said. "However, services to schools and youth remain a high priority. The grant from the Adirondack Community Trust will be give us additional resources for a recently established prevention initiative in the North Country to support a network of middle and high school youth committed to healthy, substance-free choices. The funds are made available from the Evergreen Fund."

The Prevention Team has provided substance abuse prevention services to Essex County schools, communities and individuals since its establishment in 1986.

Michael Diskin of Ticonderoga is the current chairman of the board of directors.

The Adirondack Community Trust is a community foundation working to build permanent and pass-through funds to help meet current and future charitable needs of the Adirondack region.

ACT is structured so that donors can take full advantage of tax benefits either during their lifetime or through their estates. Funds are pooled for investment and grants are made annually according to donors' wishes. ACT currently manages 200 different endowed and pass-through funds with assets of $25 million and has made grants in excess of $8 million to benefit the Adirondack region and beyond.

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