About Us

CAN formed in 1998 in the wake of South Boston’s teen suicide cluster.  CAN projects target the gateway substances: alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. The main goal is to prevent/postpone use of these substances among youth aged 10 – 18 years old through environmental strategies to reduce alcohol access, educate youth and the public on the health risks of marijuana, and break through the embedded community culture that supports the use of these substances.  The coalition believes in a holistic approach to health and well-being.  We also collaborate with the South Boston Hope and Recovery Coalition.


The South Boston Collaborative Advisory Network (CAN) coalition is a diverse partnership of community stakeholders engaged in active collaboration to increase the social and emotional well-being and decrease substance abuse in the South Boston community. Through the sharing of resources and information, CAN identifies emerging social trends, develops strategies, and implements and sustains holistic community-wide efforts.