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Highlights: Project C.O.P.E. (Communities Organizing for Prevention and Empowerment)


Dr. Robert Reid and Dr. Pauline Garcia-Reid

Coordinated by Dr. Robert Reid and Dr. Pauline Garcia-Reid, Project C.O.P.E. is a federally funded program that focuses on preventing substance abuse and the spread of HIV among the underserved African American and Latino youth in Paterson, NJ.

Through collaboration with the Department of Family and Child Studies in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University, and more than 30 direct service providers, Project C.O.P.E. has been on the forefront of helping transform the way an economically disadvantaged, urban community is served by increasing the capacity of local community-based organizations.

Since its inception, Project C.O.P.E. has provided prevention workshops and healthy living curricula to thousands of youth in a variety of settings throughout the community, such as schools, after-school programs, community-based organizations, and drop-in centers. Additionally, Project C.O.P.E.’s prevention specialists work with individuals and families connecting them with community resources, providing information about risks in the community and working with them to avoid these risks.


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