Community Spotlight: Tackling Youth Substance Abuse

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The Tackling Youth Substance (TYSA) Initiative is a coalition of people and organizations who have come together for the sole purpose of decreasing youth substance abuse on Staten Island.

It is a dynamic partnership of both private and non-profit organizations; city and state government agencies; philanthropists; parents, teachers and teens, many of who have been working to combat alcohol and drug abuse for years.

Staten Island has the highest proportion of youth who binge drink in New York City.  The county also has the highest percent of youth who have used prescription medication without a prescription in NYC in the past year.

2011  Youth Risk Behavior Survey (NYCDOHMH)

The effects of youth substance abuse are devastating for Staten Island youth, parents, families, and community. 

The TYSA Initiative focuses all of its member’s efforts into achieving the same goals.  The aim is to build strong public awareness of the urgent need to tackle youth substance abuse, help to better align current efforts and fill necessary gaps, and create a strong strategic framework for improved collective impact.

•Educates community on substance abuse issues (Parent Workshops, Community Forums, Media Campaigns)

•Collects and shares data and personal stories  (Focus Groups, Surveys, Testimonials)

•Trains professionals (Pharmacists, Physicians, Youth Service Providers, Beverage Servers, Business Owners)

•Provides opportunities for youth and community ownership of issue (Youth Council, Workgroups, Townhall Meetings)

•Connects community with needed resources (Fact Sheets, Web Resources, Parent Toolkit, Treatment Resource Guide)

•Advocates for systems-level change at the local, state, and federal level (Treatment Services, Prescription Monitoring Programs).

Visit the TYSA website or call 718-568-3669