UPDATE 4/7/2014 5:40 PM
The Buckeye State awards $1.5 million to help kids stay away from drugs.
A good part of that money is targeted toward southeast Ohio.
The money comes from a partnership between the departments of aging, job and family services and mental health and addiction services and the governor's office of faith-based initiatives.
$113,000 will help Gallia County Middle School youngsters prevent drug, tobacco and marijuana use.
The program will be overseen by the county's health recovery services agency.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Athens County is among those in Ohio receiving grant money to help at-risk kids.
Twenty-two grants totaling $1.5 million will help strengthen school-based alcohol and drug prevention programs in Ohio.
The governor's office said Monday that the Building Youth Resiliency grants will help at-risk kids in 19 counties. The program - part of Ohio's new youth drug prevention initiative called Start Talking! - targets students in 5th through 9th grades.
Building Youth Resiliency is a partnership between the Office of the First Lady Karen Kasich, the Governor's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and several state agencies. It is supported by federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families dollars.
Programs were selected from a pool of 38 proposals. To be eligible, applicants were required to partner with schools where more than 40 percent of the student population qualifies for the free- and reduced- lunch program.
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