Working proactively to reduce youth substance use and other risky behaviors while 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 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 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 prevention needs assessments in the middle and high schools, key informant interviews and focus groups, administered an Adult Community Survey and Adolescent Survey; data from these efforts are used to direct prevention education. In addition to outreach, CCFW hosts town hall meetings, family wellness forums and has instituted a transition program for 8th grade students preparing for high school.
Partnership for Success
Funded by New York Office for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, The Partnership for Success (PFS) 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 initiatives consist of:
- Super Power Your Parenting
- Reduce the Meds, Reduce the Risks
- Safe & Sober
- Youth Prevention Needs Assessment
After Prom Event
Prom and graduation season tends to be a risky 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! The annual after prom event is 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!
Family Wellness Forum
Family Wellness Forum 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, and well-being. Family Wellness Forums offer opportunities for lifelong learning.
Learn more about the Community Coalition for Family Wellness (CCFW) and the Partnership for Success (PFS) at ccfwsgf.org