About eight years ago, various clubs around the state decided to launch a statewide methamphetamine education and drug and alcohol prevention program called MethSmart.
After the club approached House Minority Leader John Rusche a number of years ago, a successful proposal was approved this year to award money to the program.
"The younger that we can start educating kids and keeping them from ever getting involved in those behaviors in the first place, the better off they are going to be, not only for themselves, but also for the community as a whole," said Boys and Girls Clubs Executive Director John Evans.
"This is a really good opportunity," said Rusche. "It shows a lot of good work, not just among the Lewiston program, but the Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the state, bringing together, recognizing that they having common goals and then coming to the legislature and convincing us that we should do what's right."
The money will also go toward expanding the current SMART Moves series, which aims to prevent substance abuse, early sexual behavior among children and youth, and other forms of delinquent behavior. MethSmart utilizes the principals and proven techniques of the Smart Moves curriculum.