A.S.A.P. is involved in the planning and implementation of a number of community-based programs.
Volunteers and donations are needed and welcome!
Real Talk at Teen Night
Real Talk is an informal conversation program held at the Boys & Girls Club during Teen Night. ASAP and Fairwinds bring young adults to the club to talk with teens about anything the teens are curious about. The volunteers are versed in substance misuse and recovery, but will openly discuss dating, mental health, bullying and other teen stressors.
Y.E.L.L. is a middle school student youth group formed by A.S.A.P. in partnership with the Nantucket Community School and the Nantucket Police Department 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. An A.S.A.P representative started the program with Sgt. Kevin Marshall of the Nantucket Police Department and is now run by Blair Janell and Caitlin Waddington of the Nantucket Community School. Click here to access an 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 deaths related to this topic. 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. A.S.A.P. sponsors a radio show (ACK SOBER) on Nantucket's WACK NPR station 89.5 hosted by substance use disorders expert and board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, Janina Kean. To listen to a podcast of an ACK SOBER radio show click here.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveys are conducted at both the high school and middle school. Information is disseminated in various ways and is based on the overall results. Posters and advertisements may be created as a follow up to the survey. All communications are created in both English and Spanish languages.
Want to see a video of the Risk Factor Forum? Click Here
Red Ribbon Week
In October we partner with the Nantucket Public Schools, Lighthouse School and Nantucket New School as well as the Dreamland Theatre, Friends of Nantucket Public Schools, Nantucket Police Department, Nantucket Fire Department, Inquirer & Mirror, and other island organizations in participating in Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a community wide substance abuse prevention and awareness campaign funded in part by the Town of Nantucket Human Services grant.
A.S.A.P. drug take back programs have continued semi-annually, in the spring and fall, at Island Pharmacy. Our thanks to John Rockett, Brett Morneau, Tom Clinger of the Nantucket Police Department for assisting with this program. as well as ASAP board member/pharmacist Allan Bell (Island Pharmacy and Nantucket Pharmacy), and Nantucket Cottage Hospital pharmacist David Small for their services. By safely and securely disposing of outdated prescription medications off-island seniors and others eliminate risky situations at home and also protect the environment and water quality.
Contact us if you have questions, or would like to get involved in any of our programs!