Welcome to February Partner Pulse

Thank you so much for your participation in the TYSA coalition. Whether you are a business or nonprofit partner, workgroup member or Steering Committee member, your commitment and hard work helps us to accomplish our goals. Below you will read about TYSA workgroups, decisions of the TYSA Steering Committee, and important partner updates and upcoming events.

TYSA Call to Action

Volunteers are needed to hand out buttons this Sunday, March 3rd at the SI St. Patrick's Day Parade along Forest Avenue. TYSA will meet at 12:00 pm outside of Jody's Club Forest.
The buttons instruct adults to “Mind Your P’s and Q’s,” or pints and quarts, during the parade and model safe alcohol consumption for youth. TYSA will meet at Jody's (372 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301) before the parade starts, and adult and youth volunteers can take buttons and spread out along the parade route from there. We will also have posters to hang in local businesses. 

Volunteers are also needed to hand out buttons in the SI ferry terminal from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on March 16th to people headed into Manhattan for the parade.

Additionally, youth volunteers are needed for Sticker Shock, which consists of placing Mind Your P's & Q's stickers on six packs of beer and other alcohol, reminding parents and other adults to drink responsibly, as they act as role models to the young people around them. Sticker shock can take place in any neighborhood on Staten Island before March 17th. 
Workgroup Updates

Social Norms

- Carol Pisapia from Northwell and Lisa Matelle from the YMCA facilitated a Parents You Matter workshop at a St. Clare's School Family Association Parent meeting. Amanda Wexler from the District Attorney's office led a Parents You Matter Workshop at P.S. 68 during their "Family Fun Friday" event.
- Instead of the usual workgroup meeting, Social Norms members participated in a Health Literacy training led by SI PPS and Say Ah. During the training, the group worked on making TYSA's identity statement more health literate and learned about universal design and how it can be applied to our social media and poster outreach. 


- RCDA provided an update on the expansion of the Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (HOPE) and the establishment of Overdose Avoidance Recovery (OAR) Court.The group discussed the roll-out of the SI MAT Learning Collaborative on February 25th and the potential to expand this type of collaborative to peer services.
- The importance of engaging peers in the development of strategies and campaigns was uplifted as a necessary next step for TYSA and other SI collaboratives.

Policy & Advocacy

- TYSA held a successful legislative briefing which included a presentation by OASAS Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez. Assemblyman Fall and Assemblyman Reilly attended, and there was representation from Assemblywoman Malliotakis, Congressman Max Rose, Senator Lanza, and Councilman Borelli.
- March 5, 2019 Advocacy Day: The workgroup brainstormed the most effective method of engaging elected officials in Albany and determined that setting appointments with committee chairs is more influential than visiting SI folks (that we should instead meet in-district). 


- Members made suggestions for adapting Just Ask posters for families, discussed ways to recruit key stakeholders to the workgroup, and learned about South Shore updates, including approval for a peer, and the group suggested adding Safety Net's Career clubs to the TYSA school menu of services. The group also strategized ways to advance Opioid Prevention Programming for student athletes through connections with specific schools and Career Clubs, along with the the possibility of connecting Teen Intervene to sports. Another suggestion was presenting to Executive Superintendent Lodico at the School-Based Workgroup about the work we are doing. 

- TYSA staff and UAU facilitated a Cultural Responsiveness workshop at the Social Emotional Learning Conference. The workshop provided participants with an understanding of the importance of equity and culture within schools and provide practical examples of culturally responsive approaches to social emotional learning curriculum including culturally responsive techniques for Teen Intervene implementation.
- TYSA staff facilitated a Professional Development workshop for over 100 NYC school nurses and support staff, including drug trends, how to identify signs of substance use, and how to support students and connect them to the right resources.


- Workgroup members discussed progress updates and next steps for TYSA’s 2 data collection efforts, the Youth Development Survey (YDS) and the Young Adult Survey (YAS), as well as insights to be learned from Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data collected by the DOHMH. 
- YDS data collection is nearing completion. With 2018 data in hand, TYSA will revisit trend data for risk & protective factors, and work to connect these risk & protective factors to TYSA strategies & activities. Workgroup members also discussed connecting this risk & protective factor data with other indicators of academic success such as graduation rates and test scores. 
- YAS data collection and data entry is complete! As we dive into data analysis, TYSA will also do a literature review into guidelines on how to set attainable and realistic targets for reductions in substance use levels among young adults. 
- YRBS data reveals reductions in a number of substance use indicators, including:

  • Past 30-day alcohol use, binge drinking, and marijuana use 
  • Past year use of prescription pain relievers, benzodiazepines, and stimulants
  • Lifetime use of cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy

Youth Engagement

TYSA facilitated Drug Awareness workshops for 11 health classes at New Dorp High School, several Drug Awareness workshops with St. Marks Alternate Learning Center students, and a Bystander Intervention workshop with Pathways to Graduation students. 

Conferences & Trainings

TYSA kicked off National Drug & Alcohol Facts week at a Department of Health & Mental Hygiene/The Leadership Project Media Literacy workshop, where we discussed messaging in the media around substance use. 
- TYSA staff attended CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) National Leadership Forum in Maryland. During the conference, TYSA attended a variety of informative and interactive workshops on prevention messaging around marijuana, community-based participatory research, coalition capacity building, and combating stigma.
- TYSA also presented a poster created by TYSA's Evaluation Coordinator, Steven Chan, that highlighted coalition efforts and outcomes around reducing prescription pain reliever misuse among youth through collective impact.
 - At CADCA, TYSA staff met with Congressman Max Rose in the Capitol, where he expressed interest in TYSA’s work around opioids and wishes to collaborate further.
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