Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:31
Prevention is the word in the City of Glen Cove. On Tuesday, May 26, the city council adopted Glen Cove’s first Prevention Policy Statement, recognizing the principles and findings of comprehensive prevention science as a tool to keeping local youth safe.
SAFE, Inc.’s PRIDE Project Coalition Community Committee developed the statement and presented it for adoption to the council. Members of the committee were present as the council adopted the policy.
Mayor Suozzi said, “The City of Glen Cove supports the efforts of SAFE and the PRIDE Project Coalition as they work to educate our youth and all parts of the community about good choices, prevention and positive role models. I commend them for their efforts and for working closely with other city agencies and organizations to bring attention to issues that affect teens at such a critical time in their lives. The entire community, not just our teens, benefits from their efforts.”
Community Committee chair, Councilman Tony Jimenez discussed the importance of working together to keep our children healthy and safe: “Like any other community, Glen Cove must be proactive in helping our teens to grow up healthy. By working together and integrating the science of prevention, we can strategically focus our efforts to reinforce positive development while preventing adolescent problem behaviors.”
The Community Committee, presently working on its “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” campaign, is partnering with all members of the coalition and community to educate Glen Cove parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen house parties. The “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” program was originally developed by the Drug-Free Action Alliance of Ohio. SAFE, Inc. was awarded a grant from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to help promote and implement the campaign’s message in Glen Cove. The campaign will also increase awareness and compliance of Glen Cove’s Social Host Law and will run from April through August covering both prom and graduation season.
SAFE, Inc., in partnership with the Glen Cove Police Department, was also awarded an additional OASAS grant to enforce Glen Cove’s Underage Drinking Laws. The goals of this grant are to end the sale of alcohol to persons under 21 years of age; reduce the consumption of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age; and educate youth, parents, merchants and the community at large to the dangers of underage alcohol use.
For more information regarding the “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” campaign or if you are interested in volunteering for the campaign, go to www.safeglencove.org or contact Executive Director Dr. Sharon E. Harris or PRIDE Project Coalition Coordinator Cathy Samuels at 676-2008.