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Wallkill Valley Coalition

Our Mission

Building a stronger Wallkill Valley Community Coalition 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.

Our Goals

1. 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.

 

 

2. 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.

 

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:

Tobacco and Vaping
Tobacco and Vaping
Find resources and information on Tobacco Free for Healthy NJ!
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Underage Drinking
Underage Drinking
Each year the coalition offers different contests, trainings and education all around the topic of alcohol.
Emerging Drug Trends & Illegal Substances
Emerging Drug Trends & Illegal Substances
The Coalition provides information including drug trend updates on an ongoing basis.
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Marijuana
Marijuana
The coalition has a marijuana workgroup that seeks to share education and best public health practices with municipalities, schools, businesses and parents.
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Misuse of Prescription Medication
Misuse of Prescription Medication
Project Medicine Drop-boxes is where you can drop off unwanted, unused, or expired medication. Find a permeant location near you!
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Trainings
Upcoming Trainings

Highlights

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.

Coalition Leaders

Rebecca Dorney
Wallkill Valley Youth Coordinator
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Tamara Contreras
Wallkill Valley Coalition Coordinator
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Coalition Meetings

Coalition meetings are held virtual on the 1st Wednesday of every month. To register for meetings click here the button below: