Partners in Prevention was named the 2016 Citizen of the Year by the Longview News-Journal on Jan. 8, 2017.
“In a year that saw many positive initiatives in response to a troubling spike in violent crime, Partners in Prevention's ability to help coordinate the work of others while carrying on its own new and existing efforts had real impact in 2016,” the newspaper's editorial board said of the reasoning for its decision.
Partners in Prevention offers multiple opportunities for volunteers and community members to come to the planning table, and engage with others, to address community barriers of poverty, race relations, domestic minor human trafficking, underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug abuse. Partners in Prevention also offers one-to-one mentoring relationships with elementary, middle, and high school students in the greatest need with caring adult mentors. With well over 250 partners, Partners in Prevention is inspiring hope, connecting partners and building trusting relationships that transforms lives.
The Citizen of the Year award is a new distinction created by the Longview News-Journal. The award was created to look back on the individual or group that had the most impact in the previous 12 months.
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