Project Alliance 

Kids Are Exposed to Drugs Sooner Than You Might Think 

Residents of the Northern York County, ME area need practice substance misuse prevention programs 

Preventing substance misuse is a community effort, and it starts with our kids. Teaching children about the dangers of substance misuse is just one piece of the puzzle though. The Coastal Healthy Community Coalition can equip parents, teachers, and community leaders in the Saco, Arundel, Biddeford, Buxton, Dayton, Hollis, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Old Orchard Beach areas to recognize the signs of substance misuse and intervene before it can cause lasting harm. 

Our substance misuse prevention efforts include...

  • Running Prime for Life and PhotoVoice programs 

  • Presenting information about the dangers of drugs and alcohol to students 

  • Providing resources about preventing substance misuse to anyone searching for information 

Reach out today to learn more or to join our efforts!!

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SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is a new youth chapter! This chapter focuses on areas of mental health, volunteerism, substance use, distracted driving, and leadership. We offers scholarship opportunities, contests, travel, and great leadership experience for youth in the area. If you want to become a leader in your school and in York County, come and join us! 

SADD is run on what the youth want to do. The goals, objectives, and activities are all decided by the youth, they get to run the club the way they see fit! 

Join our mailing list to hear about our upcoming January Meeting, where there will be snacks and prizes for youth who show up!!




PhotoVoice promotes the use of photography for positive social change while capturing the conditions in the community through the eyes of our youth. CHCC works with youth in various after-school and alternative settings on creative photography projects with the aim of building resiliency, skills, and positive adult connection for youth in our community. Participants are asked to take pictures that they feel highlight things that are positive about their community and issues they feel need to be addressed. Students then tell a story about their pictures, detailing what is happening, how the pictures relate to the participants' lives, and how the images can be used to educate people in the community. Conversations are recorded and transcribed to create the captions under the photographs. Photographs are then displayed at a gallery showing event. Insights that come out of these projects are also used to inform future substance use prevention programming and youth engagement projects at CHCC.

For more information please contact Tricia Cote at or (207) 602-3551.


PhotoVoice Photos

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FIRST PLACE -art contest

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SECOND PLACE- HS art contest.png

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FIRST PLACE -HS art contest
FIRST PLACE -HS art contest

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FIRST PLACE -art contest
FIRST PLACE -art contest

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