The goal of the Prevention through Cultural Awareness Program (PCAP) is to reduce substance abuse among at-risk urban American Indian youth by promoting protective factors through experiential experiences that both challenges the youth, and helps reconnect them to their culture. In particular, youth whose parents/guardians/family members have a history of substance abuse are at risk for developing substance abuse problems. We encourage youth and their families to participate to build resilience in the family system.
Prevention through Cultural Awareness Program utilizes culture as prevention. American Indian youth ages 8 – 18 and their families can participate in cultural activities in which youth can learn and practice culture and traditions. Activities include; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Education, Cultural Events, Family Fun Night, Powwows, Drum Group and Language Tables. In these activities, an elder or knowledgeable adult shares skills and knowledge. Each eligible family will have an opportunity to participate in field trips to a culturally-relevant or sacred site.
Cheryl Secola, Director