The Ardsley SAYF Coalition would like to thank our fiscal agent, the Village of Ardsley, for their continued support of coalition activities. We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Village Manager Meredith Robson; we wish you many years of success!
So what did we do this year? We partnered with the Ardsley Police to provide a Drug Take Back Day; conducted Compliance Checks to ensure alcohol is not being sold to underage youth by local businesses; conducted Stop DWI Check Points to ensure the safety of our roads from impaired drivers. We partnered with the Village of Ardsley to support ASVAC’s Narcan (the opiate antidote) training; for Ardsley Day we funded teen friendly activities; provided local Dry Cleaners with customized Prevention Message Garment Covers; funded Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training for our Youth Advocate; organized Responsible Beverage Service training to local businesses who serve/sell alcohol; partially funded a HS Dance and the 8th grade graduation dance; mailed Prom Safety Information to parents; brought Dr. Madeline Levine, a nationally renowned author and speaker, to the community; educated community leaders on the dangers of e-cigarettes; and we organized a 5K Run/Walk, a healthy substance free activity for the entire family.
To support our schools for Red Ribbon week we funded speaker Mike Nerney; purchased red ribbons for HS students, staff and for the MS Youth 2 Youth club. We funded labels for the school’s Youth 2 Youth Clubs which were placed on local liquor store bags and pizzeria boxes during December‘s Impaired Driving Prevention Month; helped fund the District Office Holiday/Gingerbread decorating event, a fun substance free activity during the stressful holidays. Sponsored school guidance professionals to attend a conference focusing on “Clinical Strategies for Assessing and Intervening with Depressed and Substance Abusing Youth”; demonstrated the dangers of Marijuana & Alcohol with our Distortion Goggles at the HS and MS Wellness Fairs, and at the HS for the 4/20 Marijuana Prevention Day. We’re also sponsoring three HS Students to attend this summer’s Youth 2 Youth substance prevention conference in Rhode Island.
We know parents were disappointed when we canceled the 4/20 Marijuana Program, and the Inner Resilience Program. Please understand we have to justify our expense based on RSVP’s and have consideration for the presenter’s time and effort. We apologize to those who did RSVP, and we hope to continue to receive your support. If you are interested in learning more about us, please visit us at http://www.ArdsleyCoalition.com or like us on Facebook. We would not have been able to accomplish so much without the support of our dedicated volunteers, thank you!