Preventing youth substance use and abuse
Producing healthy, stable, family oriented communities


The mission of the Southern New Castle County Communities Coalition [SN4C] is to prevent youth substance use and abuse in order to produce healthy, stable, family oriented communities.

With an initial focus on the neighborhoods in the Appoquinimink School District, the Southern New Castle County Communities Coalition [SN4C], convened when key leaders recognized a growing problem with substance abuse and crime by youth, aided by the rapid population growth in Middletown, Odessa and Townsend. The group formed with just 4 members meeting at a kitchen table, then in 2008 SN4C (formerly Middletown Community Coalition) came under the presidency of Howard Isenberg, former Executive Director of Open Door, Inc. In 2009 Open Door Inc.’s Board of Directors agreed to become SN4C’s fiscal agent making it possible for grant opportunities to carry out the coalition’s mission. Since its inception, the area of support has extended to also include southwest Bear and areas near Delaware City.

Approximately 23 members strong, SN4C includes sector representatives from high school aged youth, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, education, local businesses, government agencies, healthcare, substance abuse treatment, parents, youth serving organizations, and a civic association all focused on reducing youth substance abuse and use for healthy communities.

The history of SN4C funding sources
  • 2009: Open Door, Inc. became SN4C’s Fiscal agent
  • 2011-2014: awarded the SPF-SIG grant.
  • 2014-2019: awarded the Drug Free Communities grant.
  • 2015-2019: awarded the Partnership for Success grant.
  • 2016-2020: awarded the Children Youth and Families grant.
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Programs/ Events/ Campaigns

Actively involved in helping support healthy communities, here are some of the ways SN4C works to carry out its mission:

‘After Prom’ event support to both high schools in the Appoquinimink School District
Benefits 600+ students annually as an alternative activity to potential high risk choices
‘Let’s Talk About It’ poster series media initiative informing the community of local statistics on youth substance use and abuse.
Geared to encourage open conversations, posters in approximately 50 establishments
Sponsorship of after school prevention clubs at MHS, AHS & HVT promoting healthy choices.
Similar model to a MADD/SADD chapter, YELL + LYNK are Youth Led-Adult Guided
Partnership with Delaware’s Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement (D.A.T.E.)
Supporting community-level enforcement and policy compliance
Highlighting the Red Ribbon Campaign by celebrating ‘Red Ribbon Week’
Youth take the Plant The Promise pledge – a commitment to being substance free
Helping Middletown Police Department host their annual summer Youth Academy
Working on 4th year as a collaborative partner

Health Fairs, Leadership Trainings, Youth Summits, Community Forums and Town Hall Meetings are a few additional ways SN4C upholds its mission in Southern New Castle County.

Our Vision
Through effective, interagency collaboration, we envision communities where all children, youth, families are safe, healthy, educated and can maximize their potential and their quality of life.
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Monthly Meetings

SN4C is composed of individuals who believe that in order to mold and shape the future, we must invest in today’s families. Here is a list of our 12 Sector Representation helping to ensure any change in our community is comprehensive and culturally competent:

  • Youth
  • Parent
  • Business
  • Media
  • School
  • Youth-Serving Organization
  • Law Enforcement
  • Religious/Fraternal Organization
  • Civic/Volunteer Group
  • Healthcare Professional
  • State, Local or Tribal Governmental Agency with Expertise in the Field of Substance Abuse
  • Other Organization Involved in Reducing Substance Abuse

Effective prevention includes access to resources and knowing where to get help if needed.


SN4C staff can be reached via email at

Mailing Address: 254 E. Main Street Newark, DE 19711
Phone: 302-731-1504 Ext. 108 (ask for Prevention)

Sharon Apostolico – Prevention Director
Tamson Livanov – Prevention Specialist
Brandy Midzinski – Prevention Specialist

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