Transforming Youth Recovery Launching New Grant Programs for Institutions of Higher Education Offering Collegiate Recovery Support

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Only 5% of colleges nationwide offer support to their students in recovery from substance use disorders.

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Transforming Youth Recovery (TYR) has announced that applications for its new grant programs are open to colleges and community colleges that want to better support their students in recovery from substance use disorders. This development also marks the completion of TYR’s first grant program, which began in the fall of 2012.

Despite the rapidly increasing number of young people seeking and entering addiction recovery, by 2012, only 34 out of 4500 colleges nationwide had collegiate recovery programs to support students in recovery. As a result, families were left with a difficult choice: whether to risk sending their students back to campuses where there was zero recovery support, or to simply not allow their students to go back to school due to the risk of relapse.

Recognizing the need to implement life-saving measures on college campuses, Transforming Youth Recovery’s first Seeds of Hope grant program began in the fall of 2012 when Stacie Mathewson, TYR's President and CEO, pledged to award $10,000 grants to 100 four-year colleges initiating collegiate recovery programs.

TYR has not only reached, but surpassed that goal, and the number of collegiate recovery programs in the nation now exceeds 170! This means that TYR has more than tripled the number of recovery efforts in progress across the country. However, the work is far from over—this still accounts for a mere 5% of institutions of higher education nationwide.

Furthermore, almost all known collegiate recovery programs today exist on four-year college campuses, with little attention given to community colleges until recently. To this end, TYR just released their landmark study, Recovery Support in and Around Community College Campuses in the U.S. & Recommendations for Building Capacity. With a growing number of community colleges beginning to offer recovery support, TYR is excited to be opening up its grant program to community colleges.

To apply for a grant, or to see the directory of all collegiate recovery programs currently operating or launching around the country, go to Transforming Youth Recovery’s website.


Transforming Youth Recovery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that invests in the future of our youth by bringing research, solution-based programs and resources to substance use disorders, transforming the pathway for lifetime recovery. For more information go to

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