Transforming Youth Recovery to Provide a 13 Year Grant for the Washoe County School District

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Evidence-based prevention and intervention programming will be conducted over the course of 13 consecutive years: following students from K-12.

Stacie Mathewson, founder of Transforming Youth Recovery, announced today her commitment to fund a grant for one million dollars a year for thirteen years. This will be an innovative research program for K-12 students for the entire Washoe County School District. The success of this evidence-based research program will create a model that will be made available to other school districts around the nation. The funding comes at an important time in our country's history when the prevalence of drug and alcohol misuse is affecting students at an earlier age.

Comprehensive prevention and intervention programs and recovery support services for families are vital for our county’s K-12 students because Nevada youth have statistically significantly higher rates in overall illicit drug use and non-medical use of pain relievers than U.S. youths. Additionally, recent studies show that by the time children reach the twelfth grade, 73 percent of them reported alcohol use and 48 percent used illicit drugs at some point during their lifetime. At the same time, many parents are unaware of their child’s use.

This prevention and intervention program is currently in developmental stages with plans for inclusion to be jointly announced with the Washoe County School District this year. It will include substance misuse prevention and intervention curriculum. “This grant reflects our unique commitment to study prevention implementation and capacity building at a school district and within a community over a 13-year period. The program will be reviewed annually by our research team to ensure the designated milestones against evidenced based best-in-class research criteria are met,” said Stacie Mathewson, founder of Transforming Youth Recovery.

To help support this program Mathewson’s Doors to Recovery, a program under Transforming Youth Recovery, will host a Gala on February 6, 2016, at the Nevada Museum of Art. This is the inaugural event for the Stacie Mathewson Sky Plaza. Guests will enjoy an Old Hollywood, Frank Sinatra-style event including a succulent dinner, and star-studded entertainment. For information on ticket sales please contact Marja Marting at marja(at)

Donations can be made in support of the K-12 program by visiting our webpage at and clicking on the “donate” button. Please be sure to specify the K-12 program.

Transforming Youth Recovery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports educators, parents, and community members in helping students in recovery to thrive in the fullness of everyday life. Their vision is to transform youth recovery one student, one school, one community at a time.

Doors to Recovery is a project of Transforming Youth Recovery that is transforming the landscape for long-term recovery in Northern Nevada. The vision of Doors To Recovery is that every man, woman, and child struggling with addiction will have access to the best, most effective means to achieve and maintain successful recovery and a productive life for themselves and their families, regardless of their ability to pay.

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