Saturday, June 23rd 2018


“Given the Opportunity” Youth Awards

We are now accepting applications for the 21st Annual “Given the Opportunity” Community Service and Prevention Grant programs. To enter, please complete the application below and return it to us via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or hand deliver it to the Mental Health Association office at 207B Commerce Circle SW, Decatur, AL 35601. Applications are limited to two per school or group.  Applications can be
Community Service, Prevention, or a combination of the two. Applications are due by Friday, October 11.

The Awards luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m. at Elks Lodge #655 (2625 Centron Drive, Decatur, AL 35603).  Registration is required.  Event registration information is included on both applications.

Download the 2013 “Given the Opportunity” Community Service Grant Application

Download the 2013 “Given the Opportunity” Prevention Grant Application

2011 Prevention Grants

  • Austin High School FCCLA
    It's Up to Me to be Drug Free
  • Girl Scout Troop #431
    Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Awareness

2011 Community Service Grants


  • Austinville Elementary Student Council
    $200 grant for “Meal in a Bag.”
  • The Banks-Caddell Student Council
    $160 grant for “Bunny Baskets.”
  • The Banks-Caddell Student Council
    $200 grant for “Warm Feet.”
  • The Chestnut Grove Beta Club
    $200 grant for “Fleece Blankets for the Homeless.”
  • Decatur Heritage Christian Academy kindergarten through 6th grade students
    $200 grant for “Walls of Honor.”
  • Decatur Heritage Christian Academy 3rd grade students
    $200 grant for “S.A.C.K.S. of Love.”
  • Decatur Heritage Christian Academy 5th grade students
    $200 grant for “Unique As You.”
  • Somerville Road Elementary Student Council
    $200 grant for “Adopt A Soldier.”


  • Brookhaven TAG Cares
    Caring for the Caregivers
  • Oak Park Middle School Cheerleaders
    Get Pumped Up for Reading


  • Austin High School HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America)
    Christmas Ornaments for Hospice Patients
  • Brewer High School's Friends Helping Friends
    Christmas Presents for Foster Children
  • Decatur First United Methodist Youth
    Feed the Homeless
  • Decatur High Developmental
    Backpacks of Hope
  • Decatur High Developmental
    Seasonal Gifts to Nursing Homes
  • Decatur High Developmental
    Fleece Blankets for Hospice
  • Girl Scout Troop #431
    Friendship House
  • High School Volunteer Leadership Council – Volunteer Center of Morgan County
    Healthy Habits
  • High School Volunteer Leadership Council – Volunteer Center of Morgan County

Red Badge of Courage Award

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured in Mexico in 1985. Agent Camarena believed that one person could make a difference. His sacrifice serves as a catalyst to encourage others to make a visible commitment to eradicating drug abuse from our homes, schools, communities, and nation. The Morgan County Substance Abuse Network (MCSAN) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of home to our community.

The Red Badge of Courage Award is presented each year at the "Given the Opportunity" Youth Awards luncheon. The award recognizes and honors one community leader who has made significant contributions in the field of substance abuse prevention in Morgan County and who personifies Agent Camarena's belief that one person can make a difference.

Past recipients include: Judge David Breland, Sue Brantley, Dr. Clara Swader-Neely, Phil Hastings, Judge David Bibb, and Bruce Jones.

Substance Abuse Resources

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