Frequently asked questions
What services and programs does the coalition provide?
The coalition brings multiple community sectors together to develop solutions to the complex problem of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse in the community. The coalition helps coordinate services as a facilitator. The community sectors provide most needed services. PACT works closely with the school district and law enforcement with several key programs.
What does it cost to join?
General Membership: Membership is free.
Premier Level Membership: $25.
Please consider joining at a Premier Member Level. For a small investment of $25, you will be among those members who help support our financial needs. We are a small organization with a conservative, finely tuned budget and every gift is important to us.
So what's the big deal about drugs and alcohol in such a quality environment where our youth have so many opportunities for success?
None of our youth are immune to the pressures which impact their lives. Often, a higher standard of living opens doors to problems as money is easily accessible. One bad experiment with drugs can be fatal! Frequent drug and alcohol use kills brain cells and increases risks for many other poor choices. We can't afford to be complacent!
Why should I get involved with PACT?
It's that basic mindset, "It takes a village to raise a child." And that has never been more important than in today's complex society where youth have access to almost anything worldwide with a click on a phone or computer. PACT 's grassroots efforts help empower our youth to make wise, healthy choices that will assure them a bright future. By joining PACT, you will learn what is already being done and you can offer input and expertise on ways to make a difference.
Who is in charge?
PACT members drives our efforts. Our 2 paid staff maintain the daily functions and coordinate member efforts. The Board of Directors and the General Membership are the coalition voting members.
How much time is needed to be a member?
General membership meetings take place quarertly, the second Wednesday of January, April, July, and October, 10:00 a.m. at the St. Augustine Outlet Mall Community Room, unless otherwise noted. The public is welcome at general membership meetings. There are also several committees which meet at various times throughout the year. Members are encouraged to support PACT's fundraising activities, as their time allows them to be involved in a volunteer capacity.
How is PACT funded?
PACT is funded mainly through 2 state grants, one through the Community Coalition Alliance and the other through EPIC Community Services. Small fund raisers are held plus business community partners and individual donors assist.
Is PACT a not-for-profit agency?
(PACT) Prevention Coalition of St. Johns County is recognized as a 501(c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service.
What is a sector?
The term “sector” describes people from diverse disciplines in the community. To be successful, a coalition should include members from the following sectors: youth, parents, education, business, government, faith-based, media, law enforcement, substance abuse/mental health providers, youth serving agencies, healthcare, civic/volunteer groups, plus individual residents who are interested in making St. Johns County a better place to live.
How does PACT help empower youth to make positive choices?
PACT utilizes social norming concepts, that motivate youth through positive reinforcement of prevailing values in our community. For example: "Most of our youth are making good, drug free lifestyle choices". Research shows that fear tactics, such as "Don't drink and drive or you could get a DUI", are not effective.
Are you hosting a party, sleep-over, or other event for teens or preteens?
*PACT Prevention Coalition and Papa Johns work together to show our appreciation to adults who encourage our youth to have a great time on Friday nights without drugs or alcohol! Contact Lynnette by the Tuesday before your event, at Lynnette@pactprevention.org for an application. Your approved application will entitle you to a 50% discount on your entire Papa Johns order!