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Wednesday, October 11 • 7:30am - 9:00am
Mobilizing Communities Against Underage Drinking: A Collective Impact (90 mins)

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Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA) is a cross-sector coalition that leverages the power of collective impact to address alarming rates of youth and young adult substance misuse on Staten Island. Historically, rates of underage drinking, as well as social approval regarding alcohol consumption, have been high in Staten Island communities compared to the remainder of New York City. In response to these statistics, TYSA engaged a diverse spectrum of stakeholders including local business owners, local government, parents, youth, law enforcement, service providers, school personnel, researchers, faith based leaders, and community based prevention organizations to strategically plan and implement a comprehensive initiative addressing alcohol consumption among youth. This multipronged approach targeted parental and peer approval as well as retail access and availability of alcoholic beverages to minors. Further, TYSA worked at the policy level to increase accountability of alcohol retailers in regards to advertisements targeting youth as well as lax identification practices. By securing the buy in of TYSA’s strong and diverse partners and empowering youth to speak out against alcohol advertisements in their communities, Staten Island observed reductions in alcohol misuse among youth. As emerging drug trends arise, TYSA continues to advocate for attention to be paid to the public health implications of alcohol misuse across age groups.


Adrienne Abbate

Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness

Jazmin Rivera

TYSA Program Manager, Staten Island partnership for Community Wellness

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Colorado Ballrooms