PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Living Skills in the Schools Program (under the CRC Recovery Foundation Inc.) today announced a new partnership with AE Industrial Partners to provide school-based substance…
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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Living Skills in the Schools Program (under the CRC Recovery Foundation Inc.) today announced a new partnership with AE Industrial Partners to provide school-based substance abuse prevention programming in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
“School-based substance abuse prevention programs are critical to the health and well-being of our communities, but they require significant resources to implement and sustain,” said Dr. Suzanne Spencer, CEO of the Living Skills in the Schools Program. “By partnering with not-for-profit organizations focused on substance abuse prevention, corporate partners can make a real impact on the lives of young people and help build a healthier, safer future for all. We are grateful for AE Industrial Partners’ long-term commitment and dedication to our values and mission.”
AE Industrial Partners will provide financial support to the Living Skills in the Schools Program to help further their mission of building resistance to substance abuse through age-appropriate education, reassurance, understanding, peer support, and access to help. In addition to financial aid, AE Industrial Partners will provide in-kind support, including information technology, participation in marketing and promotional activities, and event planning.
“AE Industrial Partners is committed to supporting high-quality organizations that strive to improve our local communities through direct, innovative programming, and we are excited to invest to help the Living Skills in the Schools team expand their valuable mission,” said Michael Greene, Managing Partner, AE Industrial Partners.
Survey results reveal the pervasive ongoing trend of substance use in Florida high schools. According to the 2022 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, 12% of high school students in Palm Beach County report having consumed alcohol in the last 30 days compared to 15.5% statewide. Results demonstrated similar trends for cannabis use in Palm Beach County, with 11.8% reporting using cannabis in the last 30 days, compared to 12.2% statewide. Broward County students reported comparable statistics to Palm Beach County, with 10.5% of high school students reporting alcohol consumption in the last 30 days and 5.9% reporting using marijuana in the past 30 days. Moreover, previous surveys revealed that between 10-15% of students had used cannabis in the last 30 days in Broward County, indicating that the 2022 findings may even be understated. The survey underscores that adolescent substance use remains a major issue in Florida schools and a substantial risk factor for high school students. 
About Living Skills in the Schools
Living Skills in the Schools, founded in 1999, is a program under the CRC Recovery Foundation Inc. that provides substance abuse prevention programming to schools in Palm Beach and Broward County. For more information, visit https://livingskillsintheschools.org/.
About AE Industrial Partners
AE Industrial Partners is a private equity firm specializing in aerospace, defense & government services, space, power & utility services, and specialty industrial markets. AE Industrial Partners invests in market-leading companies that can benefit from its deep industry knowledge, operating experience, and relationships throughout its target markets. AE Industrial Partners is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and the ILPA Diversity in Action initiative. Learn more at www.aeroequity.com.
1 Charts Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, www.flhealthcharts.gov/ChartsDashboards/rdPage.aspx?rdReport=SurveyData.FYSAS.Dataviewer. Accessed 16 June 2023.
Dr. Suzanne Spencer, CEO, Living Skills in the Schools, 561-501-6322
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