WHAT IS A COALITION?
A coalition is a formal arrangement for collaboration between groups or sectors of a community (neighbors, organizations and public and private institutions) in which each group retains its identity but all commit to working collectively towards the common goal. Community youth substance use prevention coalitions require a minimum of twelve (12) sectors to be formed. These sectors are: Parents, Youth, Business, Media, Schools, Youth Service Organizations, Law Enforcement, Civic Organizations, Faith Based Organizations, Health Care Professionals, State or Municipal Government, Organizations dedicated to Substance Abuse Prevention.
To be successful, substance use and abuse prevention coalitions must be rooted at community level and receive the necessary technical assistance to achieve the necessary strategies to achieve their goals and objectives.
The Civil Operations Program is ready to provide the necessary assistance to leaders in the communities of Puerto Rico to form and maintain coalitions in order to improve the conditions of their environment.