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Saturday, October 25, 2014

A.S.A.P.:  What We Do

 

•  Create and Maintain Cross-Sector Coalition & Partnerships

A.S.A.P. has increased capacity--diversity, skills, resources--in the community to meet the organization’s mission and goals to reduce lifetime substance abuse, and the youth use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  This has been accomplished by increasing coalition membership & participation six fold since 2005 and myriad on and off-island partnerships; educating and mobilizing all sectors of the community toward a culture that values and supports substance abuse prevention and sustainability.

• Assess Community Needs & Resources

A.S.A.P.  collects quantitative data, through an annual Nantucket High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; sexual behavior, communication and education on sexuality and AIDS prevention; sad feelings and deliberately hurting oneself; nutrition, exercise and recreation); parent surveys (perception of harm, perception of disapproval of underage ATOD use) and community survey.  Qualitative data is also obtained through community forums, focus groups, key informant interviews, and surveys to evaluate process and outcomes, e.g. Town Hall Forum assessment survey, and Coalition Self-Assessment.

 

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A.S.A.P.'s 2012 Advertising Campaign Series is Based on the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

 

• Build Skills & Capacity in Prevention/Community Education

A.S.A.P. sponsors on-island workshops and trainings (Strategic Prevention Framework--SPF, Risk & Protective Factors, Environmental Strategies, Evidence-based Prevention Strategies Social Norms Marketing, Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol, and PTSM).  Off-island, A.S.A.P.  representatives participate in regional, state and national workshops and conferences for coalition members and partners (Community Anti-Drug Coalition America CADCA National Leadership Conferences, QPR Suicide Prevention Conference, National Social Norms Conference, Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center, SADD National Conference, 21 Proof Responsible Beverage Server Training and National CADCA Academy Training March).

• Develop Strategic and Action Plans

A.S.A.P. analyzes problems and goals using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and risk & protective factor framework to evaluate personal and environmental factors.  We engage the community in strategic action planning to create a Logic Model, Strategic Substance Abuse Prevention Plan for Youth and deliver annual updates and progress reports to the community.

• Provide Information to the Public

A.S.A.P. provides information through participation in the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Health Fair, Nantucket Community Wellness Fair and various parent and youth events and forums throughout the year.

• Host Community Forums

A.S.A.P. has hosted Town Hall meetings on Underage Drinking , annual releases of YRBS data, and reports progress on the Strategic Substance Abuse Prevention Plan.

• Sponsor Media Campaigns

A.S.A.P. media campaigns have included Red Ribbon Prevention Awareness, Alcohol Awareness Month, Social Host Liability, Underage Drinking Media Campaign, Social Norms Marketing, and “It Does Happen Here” (substance abuse & sexual assault in partnership with nonprofit A Safe Place).

• Support Youth Development

A.S.A.P. supports  SADD--Student Assistance Program, sponsors Youth-led “Community Briefings,” panel discussions, Poster & Essay Contests, MADD Youth-In-Action Training, SADD National Conferences, Youth Movie Nights, MADD School wide Assemblies for Grades 5 – 12 and a Video Spot Contest).

• Seek Youth Involvement

A.S.A.P. engages youth as integral members of the ASAP Board of Directors, Data Committee, Media Campaigns, Sticker Shock Campaigns and Red Ribbon Week.

• Sponsor Healthy Alternative Activities for Youth

A.S.A.P. co-sponsors events and activities (Winter Chill, Movie Night at the Dreamland, Skate Park event, Rocking Rocktober Dance, May Madness, other), dances, open gym and Friday Teen Nights.

 

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