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Risk Behavior Task Force
to Form a Community Coalition
(March 27, 2014) As
a result of recent events involving destructive decisions, members of
the Voorheesville community recognize the need for action.
Spearheaded by Voorheesville Risk Behavior Task Force, plans have been
made to form a community coalition initiative. The Voorheesville
Community Alliance for Healthy Choices (VCAHC) will be a collaborative
coalition including representatives/individuals from:
From surveys conducted of Voorheesville Middle
School and High School students in Fall 2013 we learned the following
One in five students have ridden in a car driver by someone who
has been drinking
Middle school students report that they are beginning to
experiment with drugs and alcohol
Since the initial high school survey in 2009, there has been no
significant improvement in reported student risk behaviors
Forty high school students report trying marijuana for the
first time by age 13.
THE VCAHC will take a proactive stance with the
goal to reduce and eliminate destructive decisions. The VCAHC will
provide resources, organize speakers, and offer a range of summer and
year-round educational programs.
Look for upcoming VCAHC
meeting dates on SNN. For more information and any questions,
please contact Joseph Sapienza at 765-3314 ext. 208 or
We welcome you to join
us as we move from a Risk Behavior Task Force to a Community Coalition.
Our next meeting will be held on Monday, March 31, at 6:00 p.m. in the
school library. We
invite you to join us to
discuss positions we’re looking to fill (i.e. chair, co-chair,
secretary/treasurer, communication chair).
Risk Behavior Task
During the 2010-2011 school year, the Voorheesville
Central School District created a Task Force on Student Drug and Alcohol
Abuse in order to investigate parent and school personnel concerns with
regard to drug and alcohol use by our students. We realized that
"school" can be a reflection of the larger community, so we invited
community members and law enforcement agencies to assist us, as well.
During our first two years, we felt we had addressed some valid concerns
regarding drugs and alcohol in our school and community, but we realized
that there are other issues that all adolescents face on a daily basis
and that we have much work to do.
In order to become a more broad-based and supportive
group to our student population, the group was renamed the Student Risk
Behavior Task Force and we began to look at other issues that interfere
with our students' ability to be successful in our school and in the
community, such as mental health, physical well-being, and social
For more information about community resources and
helplines, please visit the web site:
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school's Counseling Center Web page that you are interested in: