Drug Prevention Presentation at ICANA
October 30, 2012
ICANA English students and participants in the Access Microscholarship Program attended a presentation on the prevention of substance abuse on October 30 at the ICANA bi-national center. The presentation was given by the Fundación Santa Catalina. During the event, the students had the opportunity to ask questions and raise their concerns regarding alcohol, smoking and the use of illicit drugs, among other issues.
The Access Microscholarship Program aims to empower students by increasing their English language skills through after-school classes-- strengthening their commitment to community service through sponsored activities, and fostering a global perspective through Argentine and American cultural events. The recipients of Access scholarships are 14 – 17 year old students who come from underprivileged backgrounds, and have showed academic promise. The drug prevention presentation is a part of Access’ goal to foster students’ personal development with a focus on character building, career counseling, confidence building and patience.
Fundación Santa Catalina is an Argentine NGO specializing in prevention, research and rehabilitation programs related to drug abuse. In addition to providing psychological support to patients and their families, the organization also administers prevention programs for the general public to create awareness about harmful behaviors that lead to addiction-induced disorders. This program was part of their outreach programs.