A dedicated group of diverse community members representing different perspectives and backgrounds that cares deeply about an issue who work together to achieve their goals.
SRSLY’s mission is to empower youth to live healthy, substance free lives by bringing the community together. SRSLY employs CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change: provide information, build skills, provide support, change barriers/access, change consequences, change the physical design, and modify & change policies. Visit our Events, Awareness, and Skills pages to learn more about our programming.
It’s a great place to start. SRSLY works on prevention issues with 10-15-year-olds and their parents, hoping to catch kids before they start using. Believe it or not, children as young as 10 years old begin using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD). And prevention doesn’t end at age 15 – it’s just the beginning. SRSLY wants kids of all ages to make healthier choices, and people of all ages are encouraged to be involved in SRSLY.
Absolutely! Success will be measured on a regular basis using youth and adult survey data, input from the community, and information from the police, county, and other sources. We expect to see significant improvements in several factors related to youth drug use, including:
- Less availability of drugs and alcohol for youth
- Healthier parent attitudes against youth drug and alcohol use
- Stronger youth connections to community, family, and school
No, you are not required to attend every meeting. As a member of SRSLY, you must participate in at least two meetings, events, or projects per year. Many members do more than that, but some pick and choose two or three things a year to help out with. We know you are busy, and not everyone can help out with everything. And we want it to be easy for our members to help out with the time and energy we have. We value all our members, no matter how many meetings they make, or projects they work on. So join SRSY, and help out when you can. Every member makes a difference!
Yes, prevention programs have been tried before, but this is not a program. This is a community coalition, and coalitions have shown to be incredibly successful.