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PC Substance Free is a community-wide collaborative to achieve the result "All youth in Porter County are Substance Free." As a community leader, you may already know that our youth experience higher-than-state-average rates for the use of alcohol, marijuana, ecstacy and other non-prescribed drugs, in addition to rising death rates due to heroin use. Substance abuse not only impacts youth and their families, but it also affects our entire community.

In the Fall of 2014, the Porter County Community Foundation and community partners launched the Getting To Results initiative, (which has become PC Substance Free) to put a laser-like focus on this issue. The PC Substance Free Group is made up of community stakeholders like me to develop and implement powerful strategies and measure our progress toward achieving the targeted result: "All youth in Porter County are substance free." Partners from over 30 organizations throughout Porter County representing a variety of sectors - including law enforcement, education, health care, community organizations, local government, religious organizations, and employers - are working across their organizations to implement change. The Duneland Family YMCA is proud to partner with Empower Porter County PC Substance Free. We need the entire community to join in this effort. For more information on how you can help, contact Shannon Spratley, Duneland Y Senior Program Director at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 219.921.0183.                  

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To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.