We’re excited to be able to say that for the first time in our festival’s history, an organization has stepped forward to be the presenting sponsor of our event. This year, our presenting sponsor is the West Side Youth Development Coalition (also on Facebook). We thank the coalition for its generosity, and encourage you to learn more about the coalition and its work, and get involved with its efforts.
The coalition has sponsored our festival since 2013, and works through messaging, policy change, and community collaboration to promote pro-social norms in the West Side and Black Rock neighborhoods in order to reduce substance use among youth and young adults age 12-25. They are supported by SUNY Buffalo State, as well as through grants from the Drug Free Communities Support Program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).