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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:

  • local government

  • the Voorheesville Central School District

  • law enforcement

  • parents

  • community members

  • students

  • community organizations

From surveys conducted of Voorheesville Middle School and High School students in Fall 2013 we learned the following information:

  • 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 high 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 Force

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 emotional health. 


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