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Bingo to benefit summer youth program

Silver City, New Mexico, April 14, 2015: Bingo is the name of the game for the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (YSAPC).  Bingo cards are on sale now for the chance to win one of ten prizes on Friday, May 1, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the Community Built/Penny Park on Grant Street. All proceeds will benefit this summer’s youth program “101 Things For Youth To Do In Grant County”, which all Grant County youth can participate in for free.

The YSAPC is partnering with Gila Regional Medical Center Foundation to host the bingo benefit. GRMC Foundation Chair, Susan Summrall said, “Our youth are the future of our community. These summer activities will keep our youth involved in Grant County and help them grow into leaders in our community!”

Studies have shown that youth are far more likely to start using substances during the summer months than during other times of the year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). By offering summer programs like “101 Things,” the YSAPC hopes to buck that trend by establishing stronger connections between youth, the community and local businesses. Last year, over 50 local businesses partnered with the YSAPC to offer free youth-oriented activities at their establishments with the “101 Things” Program, and hundreds of youths turned out to participate.

YSAPC Coordinator, Razanna Robinson-Thomas says, “We are so excited to sell our Bingo cards. Purchase yours today before they sell out. Help us help our youth!"

Bingo cards are $5 each, and available from YSAPC members or by calling (575) 388-1198. The Bingo game will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Community Built/Penny Park on Grant Street.

The YSAPC is composed of 25 service providers and invested community members dedicated to creating an environment that cultivates healthy productive lifestyles through policy and advocacy change that promotes resilient and empowered youth.

For more information on the YSAPC or the benefit bingo game contact (575) 388-1198 or visit their website at www.facebook.com/YSAPC.

The YSAPC is a program of the Grant County Community Health Council, the Health and Wellness Planning Authority of the Grant County Board of Commissioners, and is supported by Gila Regional Medical Center.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 13:03

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