Working proactively to reduce youth drug use and other risky behaviors and providing families with the resources to promote health and wellness.
The Community Coalition for Family Wellness (CCFW) was established in 2010 by the Moreau Community Center and alumni of the South Glens Falls School District (SGFSD) in response to several teen deaths in the community. Initial work focused on suicide prevention and as a strong foundation was built, their attention expanded to include other risky behaviors such as alcohol and illegal drug use.
About the Community Coalition for Family Wellness
CCFW developed into a strong partnership with multiple groups, including: the Prevention Council of Saratoga County, school district personnel, faith based organizations, EMS and the YMCA, along with community members, business leaders and social service agencies. Since its inception, CCFW has actively sought to involve the community in promoting healthy decision-making for by providing information and activities that adhere to this mission. The coalition is funded through The Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) which is a federal grant program that provides funding to community based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use.
Our work and outreach initiatives are driven by data collected in the community. We have conducted a youth prevention survey, key informant interviews and focus groups and administered an Adult Community Survey and Adolescent Survey; data from these efforts are used to direct prevention education. In addition to outreach, CCFW hosted town hall meetings, family wellness conferences, has instituted a Parent University program at SGFSD, as well as, a transition program for 8th grade students preparing for high school.
Partnership for Success
Recently funded by New York Office for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, The Partnership for Success (PFI) addresses the serious increase in illicit prescription opiate and heroin abuse.
The coalition covers the geographic boundaries of the South Glens Falls Central School District including the village of South Glens Falls, town of Moreau, parts of Wilton and Northumberland and the hamlet of Gansevoort.
Partnership for Success has 3 areas of focus:
- Needs Assessment: Surveying youth and young adults, 12-25
- NARCAN Trainings
- Implementing evidence based strategies to reduce and prevent abuse such as Rx drop boxes to lock up medications as well as, address early substance use.
Learn more about the Community Coalition for Family Wellness (CCFW) and the Partnership for Success (PFS) at www.ccfw.weebly.com
Social Norms Campaign
One of the major undertakings of the CCFW was the social norms campaign. The statistics for this campaign came directly from the students when they completed the Youth Prevention Survey (YPS) which found that:
- 71% of South Glens Falls HS students do not regularly use Alcohol
- 79% of South Glens Falls HS students do not use marijuana regularly
- 86% of South Glens Falls HS students do not think its “cool” to drink alcohol or use marijuana
A social norms approach to marketing involves correcting misperceptions. Every teen drinks alcohol right? Wrong! But if you ask teens they think all their peers are drinking, even if they don’t do it themselves. By promoting factual information we are helping teens make better decisions because they know by doing so, they’ll be in the majority.
The campaign promoted the fact that the majority of teenagers do not drink alcohol or use marijuana, despite the common perception that most do. The campaign took place at middle and high school from March to June 2013. Statistics from the YPS were displayed on posters developed by the SGF SADD club with help from the SUNY Adirondack Media Arts Club and Professor Nick Paigo.
After Prom Event
Prom and graduation season tends to be a riskier time of year for high school students because of the pressures to drink alcohol and use other substances during these celebrations. But there are sober options! One of our coalition partners, Pine Knolls Alliance Church, took on the task of organizing and hosting an After Prom Party for South High students. Open to all juniors regardless of whether they attend the prom, this free activity provides a fun-packed overnight and the chance to win some great prizes. A great protective factor for any community!
Parent University is a community collaboration involving the South Glens Falls School District and many community organizations who are members of the Community Coalition for Family Wellness. Recognizing that behind each successful student are supportive families, teachers and community members who actively participate in a student’s education, Parent University offers opportunities for lifelong learning.