DA Early Offers Grants for Safe Post-Prom, Post-Graduation Events

January 16, 2024

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lindsay Corcoran 508-368-7252 or 774-670-8811

WORCESTER – The office of Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. is now accepting applications for its grants to support safe post-prom and post-graduation events that keep students from driving impaired.

The grant program has supported these events, organized and overseen by adults, which offer safe drug- and alcohol-free alternatives to the high-risk activities that often follow end of the year celebrations for high school students.

“Prom and graduation are supposed to be the best nights of high school. We want to avoid seeing these celebrations turn into tragedies,” Mr. Early said. “We know that life can change in the blink of an eye, and often does. By encouraging kids to celebrate in safe, fun environments, we can prevent a tragedy before it happens and ensure all our youth go on to fulfill their bright futures.”

The grant program is now in its sixth year and has supported post-prom and post-graduation events at more than 20 different schools across Worcester County.

District Attorney Early felt it was vital to continue supporting these prevention programs and is utilizing his Drug Forfeiture Reinvestment Program this year. Funding to support these grants was previously provided by the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance Drunk Driving Trust Fund.

Schools and parent groups can apply for these grants to either support existing events or to assist in establishing new events. Applications for funding requests are due by Feb. 15, 2024.

To request a grant application, contact Julia Baronowski at Julia.baronowski@mass.gov or 774-317-2321.

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