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Preventing teen substance use is our
collective responsibility

Events: New!

Jun
6
Fri
Steering Committee Meeting @ Northampton High School Boardroom
Jun 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Our steering committee serves as a guiding body for the Coalition. Each member represents a key stakeholder group in the community. For more details about the role of the steering committee, refer to the Coalition Bylaws. If you are interested in a vacant steering committee position, please contact us.

Jun
9
Mon
TAG Northampton High @ Northampton High School Room G14
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Teen Advocacy Group is a fun, project-based group focused on raising awareness and working to address issues that affect Northampton teens at NHS.

This group is for Northampton High School students only.

Jun
12
Thu
TAG SVAHS @ Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Room B167
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Teen Advocacy Group is a fun, project-based group focused on raising awareness and working to address issues that affect teens at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

This group is for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School students only.

Oct
16
Thu
NPC to Host Annual Retreat!
Oct 16 @ 2:30 pm – 8:00 pm

You’re invited!

It’s time to register for the annual Northampton Prevention Coalition Retreat.

When: Thursday, October 16th from 10:30am-4:00pm
Where: Smith College’s Conference Center, located at 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA.
What: We are excited to host community members for this annual retreat, including a morning review and state-of-the-coalition and an afternoon break-out session where four work groups will work to develop a 12-month action plan in order to implement strategies regarding the youth substance abuse prevention work of Northampton Prevention Coalition in the community.

Please register here to assist us in planning for our delicious lunch.

The four work groups to choose from:

  • Community Laws and Norms
  • Communications and Outreach
  • Parenting and Education
  • Finance and Sustainability.

Will you join us?

To confirm your participation in one of these work groups, ask questions, or recommend an additional community member to join us, please contact Paul McNeil, NPC Coordinator at pmcneil@northampton-k12.us or 413-587-1344 ext. 3021. We very much hope to see you on Thursday, the 16th.

Here’s a brief description of each work group’s goals:

Community Laws and Norms
• Training alcohol retailers on the laws and norms of consistently asking young people for ID and rewarding those who do through compliance checks, shoulder taps, and alcohol purchase surveys.
• Increasing awareness of community norms around social host liability and the consequences of providing alcohol to minors.
• Increasing enforcement of existing ordinances to decrease youth access and favorable attitudes to alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and the misuse of prescription medication.
• Advocating for improvements in systems, local policies, business practices, and city ordinances to reduce youth access to alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs.

Communications and Outreach
• Choose most relevant and well-attended annual community events for NPC to manage an outreach table or booth with incentives for families and youth.
• Develop press release subjects and content, as well as solicit guest columns on topics related to healthy youth development, for Coalition-sponsored events, and release recent NPC data and reports.
• Coordinate speaking engagements by Coalition representatives to local groups within Northampton.
• Create talking points and an elevator speech for Coalition members to share with the community.

Parenting & Education
• Increase parental knowledge of teen development and parenting skills through community parenting engagement and education opportunities.
• Develop press release subjects and content, as well as solicit guest columns on topics related to improving parent-child communication, substance use education, and effective parent monitoring and communication.
• Coordinate Coalition-sponsored parent education events, recruitment of participants and publicity of the events.
• Coordinate speaking engagements by Coalition representatives to local Parent and Family Resource agencies within Northampton.

Finance and Sustainability
• Recruitment and Management of Volunteers.
• Budget Management and Asset Allocation.
• Partnerships with Community Members and Organizations to identify sources of matching funds and in-kind support
• Increase and Diversify resources to build and sustain the Coalition.

Nov
13
Thu
Chris Herren to speak at NHS! @ Northampton High School's Auditorium
Nov 13 @ 11:00 pm – Nov 14 @ 1:30 am

Back-to-back presentations planned at Northampton High School on Thursday November 13th will aim to drive home the message that drug abuse can detour even the most promising of futures.

Professional basketball retiree Chris Herren will speak to parents and community members at 6 p.m. Thursday November 13th and to students in an all-school assembly earlier that day, offering a look at the substance abuse that hounded and ultimately ended his athletic career.

After a standout stint on the court in his Massachusetts high school, Herren played for Boston College and Fresno State University. A second-round NBA draft pick, he played for the Denver Nuggets, the Boston Celtics, and several teams in Europe and Asia even as he developed a drug habit that began with cocaine and moved on to Oxycontin, then heroin.

“Basketball Junkie,” his 2011 memoir, relates his journey through addiction. Herren also is the subject of the 2012 documentary “Unguarded,” which received two Emmy nominations.

Sober since Aug. 1, 2008, he now he takes his message to communities where the development of drug dependency has become all too familiar.

Herren’s community presentation will take place at 6pm. November 13th in the auditorium at Northampton High School, 380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. Admission is free.

Nov
17
Mon
$15 MassPack Beverage Alcohol Training (BAT) @ Collaborative for Educational Services
Nov 17 @ 11:00 pm – Nov 18 @ 2:00 am

Package store owners, managers and employees are invited to attend a specially priced Beverage Alcohol Training (BAT) and 3-year state certification program.  Note, this is NOT a FREE training. There is a $15 fee ($25 less than a regular registration fee) and includes pizza!

Register here by November 10th.

Learn more about:
• Acceptable forms of identification
• Recognizing fake and altered IDs
• Handling intoxicated customers
• Preventing underage sales and second party sales to underage persons
• Compliance with local and state laws and regulations
• Protection from alcohol liability lawsuits

Pre-registration is required by November 10th, 2014. Please make $15 check payable to:
Massachusetts Package Stores Association

If mailing payment, mail to:
Paul McNeil
Northampton Prevention Coalition
380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01060

When registering, please include the following information:
Employer
Town
Phone

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Paul McNeil, Northampton Prevention Coalition Coordinator
413-587-1344 x3021 | pmcneil@northampton-k12.us

 

 

Nov
24
Mon
$20 TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) – Responsible Alcohol Service @ Collaborative for Educational Services
Nov 24 @ 10:00 pm – Nov 25 @ 3:00 am

Bar and restaurant owners, managers and servers are invited to attend a specially priced TIPS training and certification program.  Note, this is NOT a FREE training. There is a $20 fee ($25 less than a regular registration fee) and includes pizza!

Register here by November 17th.

Learn more about:

• Acceptable forms of identification
• Recognizing fake and altered IDs
• Handling intoxicated customers
• Preventing underage sales and second party sales to underage persons
• Compliance with local and state laws and regulations
• Protection from alcohol liability lawsuits

Pre-registration is required by November 17th, 2014. Please make $20 check payable to:
DramShoppe Consultants

If mailing payment, mail to:
Paul McNeil
Northampton Prevention Coalition
380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01060

When registering, please include the following information:
Employer
Town
Phone

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Paul McNeil, Northampton Prevention Coalition Coordinator
413-587-1344 x3021 | pmcneil@northampton-k12.us

Apr
30
Thu
YOUTH MARIJUANA USE: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? A Community Meeting with Rick Cresta – LICSW, MSW/MPH @ Northampton High School's Little Theater
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This Northampton Prevention Coalition parent education event will feature Rick Cresta – LICSW, MSW/MPH from Boston University and focus on useful strategies to help parents and teachers speak about the consequences of youth marijuana use and how we can engage youth in non-judgmental conversations about use without increasing defensiveness. Register Here

Date:
Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Time:
7:00pm
Pizza while it lasts!
Childcare Upon Request

Location:
Northampton High School
Little Theater
380 Elm Street
Northampton, MA

For more information and to request childcare, please contact:
Paul McNeil, Coalition Coordinator
413-587-1366
pmcneil@northampton-k12.us
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May
22
Sun
CANCELLED: How to Help Your Teen Make Healthy Choices: A Taste of Motivational Interviewing with John Brelsford, PHD @ Northampton Survival Center
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This event has been cancelled. Please check back in the fall when we intend to reschedule.

This brief Motivational Interviewing (MI) training for parents of teens teaches MI as a goal-directed, youth-centered conversation style for eliciting behavioral change by helping your child to explore and resolve ambivalence. The basic assumption in MI is that ambivalent attitudes or lack of resolve is the primary obstacle to behavioral change, so that the examination and resolution of ambivalence becomes its key goal. MI has been applied to a wide range of problem behaviors related to alcohol and substance abuse as well as health promotion, medical treatment adherence, and mental health issues. Although many variations in technique exist, this MI training will provide parents a snapshot and practice the following elements:

  • Establishing rapport with your child and listening reflectively.
  • Asking open-ended questions to explore your child’s own motivations for change.
  • Affirming your child’s change-related statements and efforts.
  • Eliciting recognition of the gap between current behavior and desired life goals.
  • Asking permission before providing information or advice.
  • Responding to resistance without direct confrontation. (Resistance is used as a feedback signal to the parent to adjust the approach.)
  • Encouraging your child’s self-efficacy for change.
  • Developing an action plan to which your child is willing to commit.

Lunch will be provided.mi

May
23
Mon
Anatomy of a Party @ Northampton High School Cafe
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Anatomy of a Party

Congratulations! You have kept your child safe so far! Join us on May 23rd to learn how to keep them safe through the age of 21. Come hear an informal, yet informative presentation by Northampton Police Department Officers on what they see and what they confiscate at underage parties. Come learn how exactly NPD handles these parties, what your rights and responsibilities are as a parent, and how to keep yourself, your child, their friends, and your property safe. What is the Social Host and Good Samaritan Law?

Dinner provided by Bueno Y Sano and State Street Cafe. First 30 attendees will get vouchers for corsages and boutonnieres from Big Y for prom. Plus, Salon Herdis has donated 10 $20 off coupons for $40 of service- hair, make up, nails, what ever you need for prom!