SAFE, INC. ACCOMPLISHMENTS, 2014
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
• 4 board members participated in Red Ribbon Week presentations
• 3 Board members participated at Family Awareness Day
• 6 Board members participated in Coalition Strategic Planning Sessions
• 7 Board members participated on PRIDE Project Coalition Committees
• Staff received Training Certificate from Botvin Life Skills Training (LST) Institute
• SAFE welcomed new Administrative Assistant, (1) LST Coordinator and (1) LST Facilitator; (1) Coalition liaison for School and Parent Committees and Community Walk In Program
• Executive Director participated in Executive Director Roundtable trainings at
the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University
• Crisis Support funds secured in 2014 for 2015 to serve residents in need
• OASAS increased SAFE funding to implement evidence-based Life Skills Training Program after school for Middle School students and their parents
• City of Glen Cove increased funding to begin in 2015 for Community Walk-In Program
• The Community Walk In Program has seen an increase from 48 residents served in 2013 to 82 in 2014 (as of November 30, 2014)
• SAFE partnered with Mayor’s office, Police Department and Glen Cove EMS implemented quarterly Drug Reclamation Day
• SAFE and the Anti-Tobacco Coalition of Long Island partnered with the Mayor and City Council to implement a Hookah Lounge ban and, with the Glen Cove Housing Authority, the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and the A.J. Melillo Center to ban smoking in and around residences, property and around all playgrounds.
SAFE GLEN COVE COALITION
• Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant concluded
• SAFE partnered with the National Guard Counter Drug Task force to conduct Coalition self assessment (KAIZEN), create sustainability plan.
• Successful Family Awareness Day; Approximately 375 attendees were informed about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse
• Successful Town Hall meeting to present results of Bach Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey. All 12 sectors represented and over 50 attendees
• Coalition members sent out support letters for the FDA to take action in regulating all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and cigars despite pressure to exempt some tobacco products to the Federal Drug Administration. Coalition members also signed a petition to support FDA regulation on all tobacco products.
Coalition Committee Accomplishments and continued initiatives:
COMMUNITY COMMITTEE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• Board Chair lead Community Committee in formation of The Glen Cove PRIDE Foundation
• SAFE Glen Cove; Ongoing Initiative; 95 participating businesses
• Project 21/Shoulder Tap; 4 violations to a store without correct signage
• SAFE Downtown; Ongoing Initiative; 45 participating businesses
• SAFE Homes; Ongoing Initiative; Increased distribution of SAFE Homes 453 participating
• Underage Drinking: Not a Minor Problem Campaign: Disseminated 1000 campaign cards through the Glen Cove Business Improvement District Downtown Summer Concerts
SCHOOL COMMITTEE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• Red Ribbon Week with poster contests in grades pre K-8 and GCPD presentations to grades 6-8. Red Ribbon Week assemblies conducted at all four elementary schools
• “We’ve Seen Enough Tobacco Marketing” Campaign: Statewide initiative to combat youth cigarette and tobacco product use.
• Researcher & Scientist Dr. Stephen Dewey presented “The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction
• National Drug Facts Week in all Health classes; 200 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)’s Drug Facts: Shatter the Myths booklets distributed
• Junior Class Pre-Prom Presentation held on February 27, 2014 by Glen Cove Police Department Nassau County DA presented “Choices and Consequences” Program to Glen Cove High School students; Crash car placed on lawn of HS
• National Kick Butts Day collaboration the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island
• SAFE Rides Student Lifeline program; Over 150 SAFE Rides cards were distributed
PARENT COMMITTEE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• Bi-lingual Red Ribbon Week literature furnished to parents of children in Kindergarten through 5th grade
• Spanish Parenting Program facilitated and promoted by Parent Committee Chair
• Parent University Series: Parent Committee developed a Bilingual Parent University Series in response to Bach Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey; Social Host Law & Consequences, “Top Strategies for a Happy & Healthy Family”, ‘Marijuana and the Teen Brain”
• OASAS Talk. They Hear You Campaign: Provided parents of children ages 9 to 15 with the tools and information they need to start talking with their children early about the dangers of alcohol. Promoted throughout community and all schools
YOUTH COMMITTEE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• Coalition’s Youth Committee was selected by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the Five Moms initiative to prevent teen medicine abuse as a recipient for the Five Moms T.E.A.M (Teen Education, Action, and Mentoring) Award of $1000
• Members of the Teen-As-Teachers volunteered their time to garner support from peers during the “We’ve Seen Enough Tobacco Marketing” Campaign. Members encouraged their peers to sign petition posters and voice their concerns about tobacco marketing techniques.
• Members of the Student Athlete Leadership Team trained middle school students on refusal skills and positive team
• Drug Facts Week: National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (NGCTF) Staff Sergeant Dave You presented prevention messages to middle school aged youth at the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and the Youth Bureau’s After 3 Program
• Youth Bureau’s Youth Employment Coordinator and youth from the Youth Employment Program attended Coalition’s Town Hall Meeting to discuss and showcase the ways they stay proactive to avoid getting involved with drugs & alcohol.