To the Editor:
We appreciate our donors so much. They are the reason we are able to host substance free events for young people, educate the community about harmful substances and support working families through our Extended Day Program. Our programs combine education with active alternatives which encourages positive lifelong habits.
The Collaborative's programs have a positive impact on many in this community.
§ Over 300 students participated in The Refuse to Use Program which included over eight hours of hands-on education about refusal skills, activity alternatives, and the risk and harms of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.
§ The Prescription Drug Take Back initiative garnered over 700 pounds of unused prescription drugs from our community. This project keeps harmful prescription drugs out of the homes and hands of first time misusers.
§ Collaborative Camp and the Flood Brook School Extended Day Program hosted over 225 youth in the mountain community.
§ Collaborative sponsored substance free events for over 460 high school youth included, rail jams, broomball nights, movie nights and dances
§ Positive Youth Development (PYD) programs taught the skills to choose healthy behaviors and refuse drugs, alcohol, and tobacco to 210 youth in grades 3-12 in local schools.
The Collaborative is committed to healthy, happy, and resilient children and teens; children and teens who can grow up to be healthy, happy, and resilient adults.
If you would like to support work of The Collaborative with a financial contribution, you can go to www.thecollaborative.us. Gifts in honor or memory of someone special are encouraged.