A.S.A.P. is involved in the planning and implementation of a number of community-based programs. Volunteers and donations are welcomed!
Y.E.L.L. (Youth Empowering Lasting Leadership)
Y.E.L.L. is a group aimed formed by A.S.A.P. in partnership with the Nantucket Community School and the Nantucket Police in January 2013 to educate and encourage youth to become positive role models throughout their day-to-day interactions. The goal of the club is to create a ripple effect, with each teen influencing their peers in a positive way. Cathy Kelly represents A.S.A.P. in the program and works cooperatively with Sgt. Kevin Marshall of the Nantucket Police Department and Caitlin Waddington of the Nantucket Community School. Click here to access a recent article about the Y.E.L.L. group published in the Inquirer and Mirror.
Prescription drug abuse is a topic of heightened interest by the local, regional and national news media given the increase in crime related to this topic and also high profile celebrity deaths allegedly tied to drug abuse. The Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant and A.S.A.P. have recently been featured in print, TV and radio interviews. Stories have appeared in the Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror and have been broadcast on Nantucket's Geno TV/Channel 17 and Cape Cod Broadcasting radio news. To review a recent editorial in the Nantucket High School Veritas student newspaper written by A.S.A.P. board member Parker Richards, click here.
STICKER SHOCK CAMPAIGNS
Student volunteers participate in Sticker Shock campaigns aimed at issuing warnings about underage drinking. Participating package stores include Hatch's, Nantucket Wine and Spirits and the Old South Liquor Store. We appreciate these retailers and their participation in this important awareness program.
YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY
The next survey has recently been conducted at Nantucket High School in February. Posters and advertisements will be created as a followup to the survey, based on the overall results. All communications will be created in both English and Spanish languages.
Drug Take Back at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Health Fair
DRUG TAKE BACKS
A.S.A.P. drug take back programs have continued annually at Dan's Pharmacy, the Saltmarsh Senior Center and Island Pharmacy. Our thanks to volunteer Robyn Kirk as well as Steven Tornovish and John Rockett of the Nantucket Police Department for assisting with this program. Our thanks also to pharmacists Allan Bell, Dan Balling and David Small for their services. By safely disposing of outdated prescription medications, seniors and others eliminate risky situations at home and also protect the environment and water quality.
RED RIBBON WEEK
In October we partner with the Nantucket Public Schools, Lighthouse School and Nantucket New School as well as the Dreamland Theatre, A Safe Place, Nantucket Police Department, Nantucket Fire Department, Inquirer & Mirror, Nantucket Ice and other island organizations and the public schools in participating in Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is funded in part by the Town of Nantucket Human Services grant program. The theme for Red Ribbon Week in 2014 is shown below.