• “Encouraging Youth to Promote a Drug Free, Violence Free Community.”

PAACE Coalition

Coalition History

Combining a lively tourism scene, a permanent rural community, and an ethnically diverse population creates unique challenges when battling substance abuse in Parker. The Parker Area Alliance for Community Empowerment (PAACE) Coalition was established in February of 1995 to address emerging issues of the area and unify the community on preventing substance abuse and gang activity. Over time, through needs assessments in the Parker area, the PAACE Coalition has honed its focus to underage/binge drinking and medication abuse prevention. In 2009, the PAACE Coalition was awarded a Strategic Prevention Framework Grant and in 2011, they began utilizing a best practices youth leadership curricula – Sources of Strength – for their Youth 4 Youth program. Youth participants from the program will also make up the 2012 Red Ribbon Week campaign subcommittee with PAACE Coalition member to work on organizing campaign themes, projects, and activities. The PAACE Coalition consistently collaborates with- and compliments such youth programs, in order to increase knowledge of the risk and harm of underage drinking and medication abuse within the community, as well as encourage youth and parents to talk with each other about alcohol and drug use.

PAACE Coalition has enjoyed a consistent attendance with 20 members on average participating in our monthly meetings. Community sector representation at coalition meetings includes Law enforcement, Healthcare, Education, Business, Civic organizations, Community members, Youth, Parents, Faith community, Government officials, Tribal Council, Social services, and Substance Abuse Prevention professionals.

PAACE Coalition Partners Include:

Town of Parker

Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department

La Paz County Sheriff’s Department

La Paz County Board of Supervisor’s Office

La Paz County Attorney’s Office

BlueWater Cinemas

KLPZ 1380 AM Radio

La Paz Regional Hospital

Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter

La Paz County Probation Department

Colorado River Indian Tribes Head Start Program

Arizona Western College

La Paz County Education Service Agency

Arizona Department of Public Safety

Parker Pioneer Newspaper

Parker Unified School District

Calvary Church Parker

Town of Parker Community Outreach Program

Az Health Zone

Parker Police Department 

CRIT Library & Archives 

Parker Public Library

First Things First 

Parent’s As Teachers 

CASA of La Paz County 

Christ River Church

CRIT Education 

Community Medical Services 

Parker Chamber of Commerce 


Regional Center for Border Health 

Arizona Complete Health 

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