Penn State Collegiate Recovery receives $5K grant to help students

October 20, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Collegiate Recovery community has been awarded a $5,000 grant to assist students in recovery from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.

The grant was awarded through Transforming Youth Recovery, a nonprofit organization founded in 2013.

Transforming Youth Recovery looks specifically at the community, educational and peer networks that influence youth development and achievement, and is both studying and conceiving novel approaches that have the potential to dramatically expand family and school-based prevention, intervention and recovery support services -- one community, one school, one student at a time.

The grant will provide Penn State with funding to engage in a capacity building approach aimed at building the relationships necessary to better meet the needs of students in recovery on campus. 

The grant also will support the creation of an online map of community recovery assets intended to facilitate a nation-wide network of resource sharing and collaboration among collegiate recovery practitioners, students and community members.

“We are very grateful to Transforming Youth Recovery for the work it does in supporting Collegiate Recovery at Penn State and around the country,” said Jason Whitney, who serves as Program Coordinator. The idea is to connect students to available resources and each other.”

In undertaking this project, the ultimate goal is to create a sustainable collegiate recovery program on campus that provides a safe, supportive and fun environment for students in recovery from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.

To find out more information about the effort or to get involved, contact Jason Whitney at

Last Updated October 20, 2014