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The vision for Upper Merion Area Community Alliance for a Safer Tomorrow (CAST) is a healthy, safe, drug-free community.

The mission of CAST is to prevent substance abuse and violence by promoting the development of pro-social attitudes and behaviors among youth and their families and to generate among youth a realistic awareness of negative peer, community, and societal influences and knowledge of how to effectively contend with them.


1. To mobilize the community to address and prevent youth substance use.
CAST aims to do this by working with all sectors of the community including: Youth; Parents; School Officials; Law Enforcement; Religious Organizations; Businesses; Civic/Volunteer Groups; Media; Healthcare Professionals; Youth-Serving Organizations; and Other Substance Abuse Prevention Organizations.   
Click here for information on our sectors and partners.
All are welcome to attend!
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2. Improve mental health of youth in the community; decrease depression factors. 

3. Challenge students’ perceptions regarding risk of harm of substance use.

CAST has been an official coalition since 2007 and has completed a ten year federal Drug-Free Community Grant.  

For more information, press RISKS/STATS button above, or click here.


"As I look ahead to the next four years of my life, I do so with confidence. As I look, I see my exciting new home, and the friends that will become family. I prepare to challenge myself with new classes along with the rigorous coursework that follows. I’m excited for the fun, life-long memories that will be made. There are so many doors to be opened, and so many opportunities to explore. Upon college graduation, I want to know that I’ve done my best in getting to where I’ll be. Nowhere in my agenda do I see myself getting involved with or abusing drugs or alcohol, or even leaving room to deter myself from succeeding in college.."

UMAHS Graduating Senior,
Class of  2016


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This website was developed,  in part, under a grant number SP 14395-07 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS.