NEW YORK, Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit working to reduce substance abuse among adolescents, announced today that Operation Aware will become their newest Alliance Partner.
Based in Oklahoma, Operation Aware is an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to equip youth, through prevention education, with the knowledge and skills to make positive life choices. Founded in 1979, the organization serves more than 11,000 students every academic year across the northeastern part of the state. Through this partnership, Operation Aware will help raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and help amplify the Partnership's drug prevention messages.
"We, at Operation Aware, are very excited to team up with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids," said Jeni Dolan, Executive Director of Operation Aware. "Our shared values will only grow the opportunities for our prevention messages to be at the forefront of our community. As youth make the connection that good choices produce lifelong positive opportunities, we empower them to be ready for life."
"We are grateful to have Operation Aware join our network of partners working to reduce substance abuse among teens," explained Teri Christensen, SVP, Director of State and Local Operations at the Partnership. "Through this collaboration, we are able to reach families across Oklahoma with the messages and resources to help parents raise healthy, drug-free kids."
As teen medicine abuse reaches alarming levels, Operation Aware will share resources from the Partnership's Medicine Abuse Project, a multi-year campaign that aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine. To address this behavior, the Project offers comprehensive steps on how to properly safeguard and dispose of medicines and talk with kids about the dangers of abuse.
To learn more about Operation Aware, please visit http://www.operationaware.org/.
About the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is dedicated to reducing substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens. We develop public education campaigns that drive awareness of teen substance abuse, and lead teen-targeted efforts that inspire young people to make positive decisions to stay healthy and avoid drugs and alcohol. On our website, drugfree.org, and through our toll-free helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE), we provide families with direct support and guidance to help them address teen substance abuse. Finally, we build healthy communities, advocating for great access to adolescent treatment and funding for youth prevention programs. As a national nonprofit, we depend on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and are thankful to SAG-AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity. We are proud to receive a Four-Star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, as well as a National Accredited Charity Seal from The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.
SOURCE The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids