Residents came to BCDC for help as it is one of the few non-profit organizations in the area serving youth and families. As a result of organizing and mobilizing activities, the Bethel Prevention Coalition (BPC) was formed. BPC has been organizing residents and businesses in the area for the last six years and has trained nine other faith-based organizations to help change the community norms and tolerance of underage drinking, gang activity, youth violence, prostitution, and drug dealing.
The BPC Coalition will reduce substance use among youth and over time adults, by strengthening collaboration and partnerships to reduce the factors that increase the risk of substance abuse and promote the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse by youth.
In 2007, BPC was selected to be a part of capacity building project conducted by San Antonio Fighting Back, Inc. (SAFB). This partnership afforded BPC the opportunity to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on preventing and reducing youth substance use. Our first program Girl Worth Mentoring (GWM) was established in March 2007, and its mission is to equip youth with skills to overcome negative influences leading to substance abuse. GWM began presenting weekly meetings at the Texas Youth Commission which houses juvenile offenders 12-17 years of age who have experienced the harmful effects of substance abuse. In July 2009, GWM held its first youth conference targeting youth 12-24 years of age with a focus on substance abuse where BPC presented “The Impact of Low Self Esteem and Drug Use”.
In May of 2010, BPC partnered with SAFB to address substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. The goal is to reduce substance abuse and HIV risks behaviors among 18-24 year olds. Because of the capacity building training received from SAFB, BPC received funding from the One Star Foundation in 2011 for our Faith Connection project to provide capacity building training to 10 Faith-Based organizations who desired to become 501(c)(3) nonprofits. We are proud to say 9 Faith-Based partners received their 501(c)(3) status.
Our accomplishments include receiving funding from the One Star Foundation for Capacity Building and the Baptist Health Foundation to provide life skills training to youth to raise their self esteem with a focus on preventing substance abuse, promiscuity, STD’s and HIV/AIDS. In 2012, BPC provided a keynote presentation at the Texas State HIV/STD conference on effective faith-based strategies. In 2013, BPC hosted a seminar at the largest Martin Luther King March in the United States, with an opportunity to share on the life long effects of substance abuse to the youth that attended the MLK March. BPC is also regularly featured on KHCE-TV to discuss the harm and risk of substance abuse. KHCE-TV serves central and south Texas with a viewing and listening audience of 1.5 million people. Most notable, BPC was awarded a five year grant in 2013 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to conduct the Drug Free Communities program in Northeast San Antonio.