April 27, 2001

¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! making a difference in the lives of Hispanic girls

The Soy Unica! Soy Latina! Substance Abuse Prevention Campaign launched this week. Funded by the federal government's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), this new, bilingual public education campaign is targeted to helping Latina girls ages 9 to 14 develop healthy, drug-free lifestyles.

With approximately 7 million Hispanic/Latina girls under the age of 18 in the US, current data reveals this groups vulnerability to dropping out of school, pregnancy, depression and suicide more so then any other racial or ethnic group in the US. With your help, we hope to work together to increase awareness within the community and to make a difference in the lives of Hispanic/Latina girls.

To better accommodate the public's needs, CSAP has created a special toll-free telephone number (1-800-773-8546) for young Latinas to call to obtain free ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! materials. CSAP also encourages parents, caregivers, youth-serving organizations, teachers and others interested in the health of Hispanic girls to call 1-877-767-8432 to obtain free materials and learn what they can do to help. ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! materials can also be ordered on the Internet at www.soyunica.gov.

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