Prevention through Cultural Awareness Program

The goal of the Prevention through Cultural Awareness Program (PCAP) is to reduce substance abuse among at-risk urban American Indian youth by offering experiences that both challenges the youth and helps them reconnect to their culture. In particular, youth whose parents/guardians/family members have a history of substance abuse are at-risk for developing substance abuse problems. We encourage youth and their families to participate in building resilience within the family system.

As the program name suggests, PCAP utilizes American Indian culture as a prevention tool. American Indian youth ages 8 to 18 (who have not had a Rule 25 assessment) and their families participate in cultural activities, allowing them to learn and practice our cultural traditions. These activities include local cultural events; family fun nights; powwows; drum groups; language tables; and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) education. In these activities, an elder or knowledgeable adult offers their skills and shares their knowledge with youth and their families. Additionally, eligible families have opportunities to participate in field trips to culturally-relevant or sacred sites.

To participate in or to learn more about the program, contact PCAP Director Cheryl Secola at (612) 879-1783 or