Be Awesome Youth Coalition is bringing awareness to parent involvement in substance-abuse prevention with an ice cream giveaway at Water and Ice on Thursday. Photo by William Lange

The Be Awesome Youth Coalition which is a group of community members who celebrate awesome youth and promote substance abuse prevention have teamed up with Water and ice to promote parent conversations about drug abuse by giving out free scoops of ice cream.

With research showing that parents are the No. 1 influence on a youth’s decisions to not use drugs or alcohol, the Be Awesome Youth Coalition and the Maricopa SADD Club chapter raised funds to promote parent involvement with prevention efforts through an ice cream give away on July 21 from 2 p.m. until supplies run out.

One scoop of ice cream will be provided to each customer beginning at 2 pm. Customers will be able to meet Be Jawesome the friendly dancing shark and be provided parent empowerment kits.

Maricopa Ak-Chin CAASA is a community based partnership whose goals are to provide youth with current information and education about substance abuse, enrichment programs and life skills building to increase Youth leadership, community involvement, and personal success. We have been in Maricopa for 25years. Services are youth focused. In that time we have provided prevention and youth development programs.

CAASA youth helped found the Be Awesome Youth Coalition in January of 2015. It also has partnered with the Maricopa School District to provide Onsite School based mentorship programming.

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