Marin Health Nonprofit Gets $1M State Grant to Aid Youths


"If you were to investigate the health of pre-colonial people, there was no addiction.

Substances were prevalent but they were used with a sense of respect for their ancestors."

That's what Maite Duran has to say about her group, Alcohol Justice, which has received a $1 million grant from California to prevent youth substance use as a result of taxes on recreational cannabis, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The state's Department of Health Care Services is giving Alcohol Justice the money as part of its Elevate Youth California program, which aims to prevent youth substance use in low-income, under-resourced communities of color "by understanding indigenous and Latinx cultural practices, community organizing, and hands-on environmental projects to prevent substance use," per the state's funding announcement.

To date, 239 organizations statewide have received funding aimed at preventing youth substance use as a result of taxes on recreational cannabis, per the Chronicle.

Alcohol Justice's grant proposal notes that Latinx juveniles in Marin County were 16% of the county's juvenile population in 2009, but were arrested for 39% of the drug offenses and felonies and 41% of misdemeanors.

Duran tells the Chronicle that the interdisciplinary Youth for Justice program focuses on four areas: health and healing, connecting kids with nature,

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