Our Mission is to create a strong and healthy community where we’ve changed the social norms and minimized the impact of substance abuse. The Youth Coalition fosters communication, community collaboration and opportunities for youth that promote and sustain drug free and healthy living in a trusting, non judgmental environment.
The Weymouth Youth Coalition Substance Abuse Prevention Team is a leading voice in substance abuse prevention in Weymouth. We work regionally, as well as locally, to reduce and prevent substance abuse and the associated harms.
Prevention efforts have been funded through the federal Drug Free Communities Support Program grant, grants from the Department of Public Health, the Community Health Network Alliance and private donations.
The reasons for substance abuse are complex. As a result, we use multiple strategies in multiple places in order to change the environment. Not one strategy or outreach effort will reach everyone in our community, but with your help, we can broaden our ability.
History: Weymouth Youth Coalition
From the mid 1970’s to 2004, the Director of Youth and Family Services and the Superintendent of Schools met informally to discuss and address youth issues. In 2004 an ordinance was passed creating a Youth Coalition, a seven member body consisting of the Mayor, Superintendent of Schools, Chief of Police, Director of Health, Director of Youth and Family Services, and two individuals (appointed by the Mayor) from the community.
The Weymouth Youth Coalition (WYC) welcomes youth, parents, concerned citizens, members of the clergy and other community stakeholders to participate as nonvoting members of the coalition.
WYC Mission: to foster communication, community collaboration and opportunities for youth that promote and sustain drug free and healthy living in a trusting, non-judgmental environment.
WYC has two active sub-committees working to support the physical and mental health of youth:
- The Substance Abuse Prevention Team (WSAPT)
- Healthy Wey working to support both the physical and mental health of youth.
In 2006, the Substance Abuse Prevention Team received a federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Funding provides training, coordination and implementation of evidence based programs and environmental strategies effective in substance abuse prevention.
About the Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant
Weymouth received its first five year DFC grant in October 2006. In October 2011, Weymouth was awarded an additional five years of DFC funding (October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2016).
Terms of the grant requires the town to conduct a youth risk behavior survey in the schools at least every other year. The grant provides funding for the survey and the survey analysis – click here for survey results.