Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol
The Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol is a community action group comprised of parents, students, teachers, school administrators; representatives from village, local and civic organizations; and religious institutions. Since its founding in 1984, the Task Force has worked in our community to educate youth and adults about drugs and alcohol, help people develop drug free attitudes and habits, and recommend resources to those whose lives are affected by drug and alcohol dependency.
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The Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol relies entirely on the financial support of the Scarsdale community. With your ongoing support we will continue to organize programs for parents and students, partner with other community agencies, and provide a positive counterbalance to what can be inescapable social messages regarding alcohol and other drugs.
What We do:
Parent Coffees: The Task Force coordinates Parent Coffees. In this unique partnership with the Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling Service’s Youth Services Project, the Task Force has hosted informational coffees over the past several years, engaging hundreds of Scarsdale parents in meaningful dialogue about difficult parenting issues. The coffees have been attended by parents of sixth through twelfth graders, and facilitated by the youth outreach workers from the high school and middle school. In these small group settings, parents have been able to discuss concerns about substance-related issues, to share effective parenting tools, and to gain peer support, clarifying and affirming their values. Additionally, high school peer counselors have been present at the coffees for parents of eighth and ninth graders to offer students’ perspectives.
Alcohol Poisoning Cards – Using information provided by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) a wallet sized laminated card was produced that describes the signs of alcohol poisoning on one side and how to deal with it on the other. The cards were given to the school district for distribution at the high school and middle school. The cards should help our children (and others) recognize signs of this potentially very dangerous condition and then provide them with the safest, most effective steps in assisting the impaired person. The cards are being given out to each grade level in a curriculum appropriate manner.
Other Activities of the Drug and Alcohol Task Force:
- participates with the High School and community groups in funding various speakers
- prepares and distributes information about substance abuse for parents and children