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The DC Prevention Center Wards 1 & 2, funded by DC Behavioral Health, is hosted at the Latin American Youth Center.

The DC Prevention Center Wards 1 & 2, funded by DC Behavioral Health, is hosted at the Latin American Youth Center.

The Ward 1 & 2 DC Prevention Center (DCPC) serves as a dynamic hub that engages, supports, and helps connect the many community elements that are needed for promoting healthy children, youth, and families as well as a drug-free District of Columbia.

The DCPC is designed to strengthen and mobilize communities to prevent substance abuse amongst youth in Wards 1 and 2 by:

  • Disseminating Education & Increasing Awareness about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs;
  • Identifying Community Leaders & Building Community Prevention Networks to prevent substance abuse in their communities;
  • Facilitating Community Conversations & Coordinating Community Forums to strengthen community capacity and address priority risk and protective factors; and
  • Providing Training & Technical Assistance for Community Prevention Networks.  

Youth In Action


  • Between the ages of 13-18 years old
  • Willing to commit to attending 90% of the sessions of the Fall 2014 (October-December) Cohort which will meet twice a week from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and some Saturdays.
  • Interested in learning about Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD), and in developing leadership and peer education skills
  • Self-motivated and responsible 
  • Positive attitude and desire to learn



  • Download and complete ALL application forms 
  • 2 short Essays – 250 words each 
  • Official School Transcript with GPA 
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor 
  • Copy of Class Schedule 
  • Interview (to be scheduled)


Participant Benefits:

  • Comprehensive Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Education
  • Hourly stipend of $10 per hour (4 hours per week)
  • Internship Hours (with approval of school)
  • Leadership development and peer education training
  • Transportation stipend available
  • Snacks available at each session



Mary Jo Vazquez
Director of the DC Prevention Center Wards 1& 2

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(202) 319-3885



Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 14:26