New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez today announced federal grant awards totaling $8.2 will be awarded to select community coalitions to address underage drinking among high school students. The Shenendehowa Community Coalition was one of the 11 coalitions from across New York State to be selected for funding. Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said,
"Underage drinking continues to be a serious and persistent problem across the state and nation. This funding will allow communities to implement effective prevention programs, policies and practices that best address their local needs in reducing underage drinking and its related problems…There is strong evidence that the earlier in life a person starts drinking alcohol, the more likely he or she is to have alcohol-related problems throughout life. Community leaders have a critical role in shaping the environment to prevent underage drinking, and can guide adolescents through this very important period in their lives."
Research has shown that to effectively change attitudes, perception, and ultimately, behavior, prevention strategies must include a comprehensive approach that addresses both the individual and the environment. The Shendehowa Community Coalition will immediately begin work: 1) assessing their prevention needs based on current local data; 2) building their prevention capacity; 3) developing a strategic plan; 4) implementing evidence-based environmental strategies; and 5) evaluating their efforts for outcomes.
The Shenendehowa Community Coalition’s Mission:
Reduce and prevent risky behaviors among youth such as substance abuse, violence and problem gambling by developing community partnerships that utilize accurate data and implementing proven strategies.
For more information on how you can become involved contact:
Robin Lyle, The Prevention Council
36 Phila St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-581-1230