Kanawha Communities That Care is a 501 C (3) non-profit community organization in Kanawha County, West Virginia. It is funded through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).
Their mission is to increase awareness of the substance abuse-related problems and issues facing the youth and adults of Kanawha County, and to lead a long-term, dynamic community-wide effort to create a safe and healthy environment for all of our citizens, especially youth, through the development and maintenance of strong interventions that focus on the youth citizens and use scientific, research-based programs and services with measurable outcomes.
One of their most successful programs is the SADD Program; Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Since its foundation in 1981, SADD has impacted the lives of millions: students, friends, parents, school & community leaders, law enforcement officials, and more! The strong connections that these groups built with SADD has resonated and grown into a brand that is recognized across the nation as a remarkable experience, equipping teens to become leaders and role models in their home communities and across the nation. Because motor vehicular crashes remain the number one killer of teens today, until statistics change, SADD’s core focus will remain traffic safety; however, the issues that teens face on a daily basis have expanded. In 1997, SADD expanded its mission to include other emerging issues, such as substance abuse, suicide, depression, bullying, violence, body image, and more. SADD does its best to equip students with the best, most effective resources to take the lead on the issues that matter to them.
Contact Kanawha Communities That Care if you or school would like to learn more about SADD. KCTC can be reached at 304-437-3356.