Paint for Prevention

PPAC, Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc.(ACASA) and Tobacco-Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany(TFCCA) wanted to create an event that would educate college students about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. The group wanted an interactive event that would engage college students to participate, but also be able to educate other students on campus. Thus, the idea of “Paint for Prevention” was created in partnership of Alfred University.

Paint for Prevention is an artistic chalk event focusing on prevention messaging. Thirty-five Alfred University students participated in the first Paint for Prevention in 2015. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place based on artistic ability and messaging. Judging was completed by Alfred University faculty and staff. Participants and spectators also had a chance to win an Alfred University Saxon hoodie sweatshirt by answering questions focusing on prevention.

The Allegany County Department of Health, Alfred University’s Counseling and Wellness Center, and Cattaraugus Community Action(CCA) also participated with prevention information, giveaways and CCA made cotton candy.

After the competition, Alfred University’s Activities Department set an outdoor movie under the stars.

If you have any suggestions about events at local colleges or schools, please share them with Partners for Prevention in Allegany County at


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