Lee’s Summit CARES (LSC) has received a Mini-Grant Award from ACT Missouri in the amount of $5,000.

The award will fund “State of Lee’s Summit Youth,” which will develop programming to help create a positive community climate that supports protective factors and reduces risky behaviors among youth.

The goal of LSC’s youth prevention program is to increase assets that promote resilience and reduce risk factors that can lead to substance abuse. Local youth use alcohol more than other substances. Coalition leaders believe that learning to refuse alcohol and other drugs builds resilience, protects adolescent youth development and encourages positive, healthy and responsible decisions during school years and beyond.

Established in 1985, it is the mission of Lee’s Summit CARES to prevent youth substance use and violence, empower positive parenting and promote exemplary character.