A 25-thousand dollar grant from the United Way of the Mark Twain Area helps fund a youth focused substance abuse prevention program in northeast Missouri.

The grant to the Hannibal Alliance for Youth Success brings a new Trauma-Informed Program to area schools. Meghan Karr is vice president of HAYS. She says trauma has a broad meaning when it comes to substance abuse issues. Schools participating in the program will have teams made up of educators will identify students in need and assist them in learning coping techniques and self-awareness through focused programs. The United Way of the Mark Twain Area, Continental Cement and Green America recycling are working with the Hannibal Alliance for Youth Success.