The Knowledge Effect is a community coalition working to bring awareness and education on issues surrounding substance abuse in Lafayette Parish. Since 2007, our aim has been to spark community-level change by addressing factors in our environment that increase the risk of substance abuse.

The truth is, substance abuse in our community is a serious public health issue that affects us all, regardless of age, gender or social status. Often, people feel they are protected from such things due to where they live or go to school, but the reality is that couldn’t be further from the truth.

At The Knowledge Effect, we strive to educate our community about the dangers of substance abuse, as well as, promote strategies for prevention and where to get help if needed. As advocates for change, we hope to protect our youth by improving their environment and equipping them with the knowledge to make better decisions. In the end, it is about joining together to improve our quality of life.



The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a Federal grant program that funds community-based coalitions.  The DFC Program has funded more than 2,000 coalitions across the country.

The Knowledge Effect is one of 8 other coalitions in Louisiana that have joined together to develop an association throughout the state:

The following infographics depict the philosophy behind the DFC Program which is that local  drug problems require local solutions. This is accomplished through the collaborative efforts of private, public and non-profit agencies that use seven strategies to create community-level change.

Additionally, the DFC Program has funded more than 2,000 coalitions across the country and as of 2015, there are 697 DFC funded coalitions in the United States.

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VISION At The Knowledge Effect our vision is simple – to create a safe and healthy community.

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MISSION Using this as a guide, our mission is to educate the community on the consequences of substance use and abuse; promote public policies that mitigate risk factors, and organize events and training to bring awareness to substance use issues.

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DFC GOAL ONE One of our primary goals at The Knowledge Effect is to establish and strengthen collaboration between public, private and non-profit agencies in order to develop a network of agencies working together to prevent substance abuse in our community.

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DFC GOAL TWO We strive to reduce substance abuse among youth and adults– by reducing the consumption of alcohol among youth below the minimum legal drinking age, decreasing youth impaired driving incidents, and by reducing the availability of both synthetic marijuana and prescription drugs.


As a Drug-Free Community our primary purpose is to strengthen collaboration among community entities and reduce substance use among youth. At The Knowledge Effect we prioritized our focus on three of the most widely abused substances in Lafayette Parish. Take a moment to review our stance on alcohol, synthetic marijuana and prescription drugs.

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Youth substance use is a serious local problem that could implicate our community if not addressed. The Knowledge Effect strives to mitigate youth substance use by first understanding what the local data is saying and then mobilize our community to make a change.



CADCA Mid-Year 2017

Family Friendly Mardi Gras 2017

Student Events 2017

Community Events 2017

A few of our coalition members as well as our Project Coordinator attended the 2017 CADCA Mid-Year Conference in Atlanta, GA. All are now even better equipped with profound knowledge on how to build a healthy community.
On behalf of The Knowledge Effect coalition we would like to say thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors, and partners! Family Friendly Mardi Gras was a huge success due in part to your efforts; nearly 1,500 people enjoyed the event. We look forward to working with you again next year!
Recently The Knowledge Effect was given the opportunity to speak to the fourth grade Just Say No Club at Broadmoor Elementary as well as a Boy Scout Trrop on the effects of alcohol and drug usage. Thank you for allow us to make an impact in these children's lives!
The Knowledge Effect has recently participated in the grand opening health fair at the Medicine Bin, CASA of SOLA's Super Hero Family Fun Day, the Lafayette Housing Authority's Fathers Day event, and AmeriHealth Caritas "Caritas on the Move" event. We were able to distribute informational pamphlets as well as play educational prevention games with the youth. Thank you Medicine Bin, CASA of SOLA, and LHA for reaching out to us to participate!

To see an interview done on details of the recent opioid awareness town hall, click here

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Upcoming Events

July 13th- July Coalition Meeting





At The Knowledge Effect we are always seeking partnerships in the fight against substance abuse. If you are interested in attending a coalition meeting, joining our email list, looking to get involved in an event or simply in finding out more, please complete the following inquiry form. Thank you for your interest in what we do!