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Prevention Center of Excellence Grant

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Together, we can build a prevention network.

NVRH has teamed up with Umbrella to implement the Prevention Center of Excellence’s Grant program in the Northeast Kingdom.

This program is a one-year grant award with goals to reduce underage drinking, high-risk alcohol consumption, marijuana and tobacco misuse, prescription drug and stimulant misuse, illicit stimulant and opioid use. Funds will go towards staffing, analysis, workforce development, and evaluation of archival data. Funds will also include sub-awards that will go
towards local partners whose missions
support the goals outlined above.


List of Grantees

To read the press release announcing the sub-award recipients, click here.

NEK Youth Services received $25,000 to increase staff learning through a “Train the Trainer” with Outright Vermont focused on supporting youth within the LGBTQA+ community as well as training focused on implicit bias and inclusive practices, among other prevention activities.

Catamount Film & Arts Co. received $12,876 to support their Open Stage program which will provide a safe and creative social environment for students to heal and grow as they learn to reintegrate socially post-COVID.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of VT Inc. received $25,000 to provide activities, materials, and community engagement opportunities for mentor matches to participate in that are designed to promote resiliency in youth, develop healthy coping skills, provide an outlet for creativity, and build upon teamwork and leadership skills through a DEI lens with the culmination of a community wide prevention campaign/ activity led by the youth.

North Country Supervisory Union Encore After School and Summer Programs received $23,273 to hire 7 Behavioral and Social Emotional Learning Leaders who will support 7 summer program sites.

The Community Restorative Justice Center, Inc. received $15,000 to support 20 teachers from schools in Caledonia and Essex counties in attending the Summer Institute for Restorative Practices.

Northwoods Stewardship Center received $18,975 to launch their Junior Counselor program which will engage young teens in an empowering program focused on building confidence, connection to place and each other, communication strategies, outdoor skills, and resilience.

Link Inc. received $10,098 to expand their summer open community bike shop in St. Johnsbury and expand youth employment.

Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Inc. $16,008 support strategies to reduce mental health risk factors for substance abuse through education for community members, employees, and caregiver/family members.

Stable Connections, Inc. –  Eight themed weeks for youth led by an Equine Specialist and a Mental Health Professional. These themed weeks will aim to build protective factors such as coping skills, getting along well with others and understanding of self and others’ emotions.

Information for Grantees

Important Dates

April 30: Virtual Grantee Training Session: Results-Based Accountability, 9 – 11 a.m. Watch the recording here.

July 15: Performace Report for April 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021 Due.

September 30: Final Performance Report & Invoice Due.


What You Will Need

Invoice Template – click here to download.


Invoice Template – click here to download.

Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee has been appointed to bring unique knowledge and skills and multi-sector input to the Prevention Center of Excellence Grant Project.

Members include:

Lila Bennett, Executive Director, Journey to Recovery Community Center
Susan Cherry, Executive Director, Community Restorative Justice Center
Michael Costa, CEO, Northern Counties Health Care, Inc.
Lon Davis, Catamount Arts Open Stage Program
Karen E. Geraghty, Economic Development Specialist, Northeastern Vermont Development Association
Sheriff Jennifer L. Harlow, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department
Jim Kisch, CEO, President, Passumpsic Bank
Suzanne Legare-Belcher, Field Services Director, Newport and St. Johnsbury Districts, Vermont Agency of Human Services
Chantelle Paradise, Recovery Coach, Kingdom Recovery Center
Laurna Noyes, ECSD, Deputy/SIU/Office Administrator, Essex County Sheriff’s Department
Samantha Stevens, M. Ed., Equity and Community Outreach Coordinator, North Country Supervisory Union.


For a description of the Advisory Committee member responsibilities, click here.

Advisory Council Timeline

Click here.





Learn more.

Contact program managers Cheryl Chandler and Amanda Cochrane. Click here or email them at