SRSLY was founded in 2008 by a group of community leaders and concerned citizens. The Chelsea community was struggling with youth substance abuse, despite having introduced a number of programs and interventions. School-based programs were already teaching students about the negative consequences of substance abuse, so SRSLY was developed as a positive compliment to the school programs. As a community coalition, SRSLY could implement community-wide strategies so that parents and other adults could help address the problem.
The Coghlan Family Foundation recognized the need for something new and different that could create positive, community-wide change. With leaders from Chelsea Community Hospital, and the Chelsea School District, the Coghlans put forth a vision for a community-based prevention initiative, and the necessary resources to support such an initiative. The combined energy of the foundation, hospital and schools inspired leaders from other key community sectors to get involved.
Today, SRSLY is a community coalition of youth, parents, neighbors, coaches, teachers, librarians, doctors, nurses, police officers, pastors, business owners, and anyone else who wants to prevent destructive behavior in Chelsea youth. More than 900 people have donated time and energy to the coalition. Anyone age 10 and up can join by working on a project, helping at an event, or coming to a meeting. Our strength comes from our members as we work to create positive changes in our community.
Interested in joining? We’d love to have you! Our meetings are held on the first Monday of every month during the school year. Check the events calendar for meeting times and locations. If you can’t make it to a meeting, but you’d still like to help out, check out the What We Do section of the website for information on all our projects. We always need volunteers, so find one that interests you, and sign up to help out.
All SRSLY activities are guided by our strategic plan and needs assessment, which are completed every four years. Our most recent assessment and plan were completed in spring 2017.
View the 2017-2020 SRSLY Strategic Plan (PDF)
SRSLY uses the seven strategies defined by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) for effective community change. Our priority substances, risk factors, and protective factors guide the activities we implement for each strategy.