Building a stronger Wallkill Valley Community by strengthening community collaborations to prevent and reduce youth substance use.
Wallkill Valley Community Coalition
The Wallkill Valley Community Coalition is a grass-roots organization established in 2020 to address the use of alcohol and other drugs among youth in Franklin, Hardyston, Hamburg, and Ogdensburg. Coalition members include representatives from law enforcement, school administration, local businesses, youth, parents, older adults, clergy, local government, community organizations, and concerned citizens. The Wallkill Valley Coalition will become a powerful force to create community-level change. This cooperative effort is an example of people working together with a shared vision, realizing a drug-free community for everyone. The coalition is supported by the Center for Prevention & Counseling with federal funding to create a Drug-Free Community for the Wallkill Valley region. We invite you to get involved by becoming a Wallkill Valley Coalition Member.
- Establish and strengthen the collaboration among youth and adult community members, public & private non-profit agencies, and local governments to support the efforts of the coalition as it works to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.
- Reduce substance use among youth, and over time, reduce substance misuse among adults by addressing risk factors and promoting the protective factors that minimize the risk of substance misuse.
Welcome to the Wallkill Valley Community Coalition. Serving the communities of Franklin, Hardyston, Hamburg and Ogdensburg, NJ.
Coalition meetings are hybrid on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Click the button below to register.
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Wallkill Valley's Youth Action Group
Join Wallkill Valley's youth action group! Above the influence youth group (ATI) is a FREE interactive and fun program that empowers young people to make positive choices. Monthly meetings will be held after school throughout the school year. BONUS- ATI youth will also be invited to special off-site events every few months such as going to laser tag, Skyland's ice world ice jam, and more.
What we do
The Coalition uses a strategic plan (based on Sussex County data) to focus on reducing youth substance use. The plan addresses each of the five drug categories below:
Our coalition made the paper! Check out the news article that discusses how the Center for Prevention and Counseling was awarded the 2021 Drug-Free Communities support grant which gave the funding needed to launch ‘forward coalition for youth’ to prevent and reduce substance use in the Wallkill Valley Region.