Positive Youth

Positive YOUth

The Positive YOUth Initiative is focused on building county wide capacity to reduce substance abuse among youth 9-20 years old in Hunterdon County. This initiative addresses behavioral health disparities such as at-risk youth and under-served Latino population in Hunterdon County, and youth 18-20 years old.
Flor Sanchez, our Latino Outreach Specialist, helps the Positive YOUth Initiative close the language barrier by translating all of our information into Spanish.

Flor also provides bilingual prevention programs throughout the county and runs a lunch group at Hunterdon Central with ELL students. Partnering with the Latino Access Coalition (LAC) and Harvest Family Success Center (HFSC), Positive YOUth assists in closing the gap for many of Hunterdon County’s Latino families.

The use of e-cigarettes among youth was declared an epidemic by Dr. Jerome Adams, U.S. Surgeon General in December 18, 2018.

Vaping is rampant in Hunterdon County High Schools.

In collaboration with the principal at North Hunterdon High School, the Take Back Your Vape Initiative was created. For one week leading up to Take Back Your Vape Day, students were sent snippets of information about the dangers of vaping, health risks, and the manipulation of the tobacco companies. Students were incentivized to turn in their devices/pods by receiving a gift card ranging from $5-$20 to McDonald’s and Dunkin. Students also received raffle tickets based on how many vape products they turned in to be entered into a drawing for a pair of Apple AirPods. Resources were also given to students to help quit at the time of surrender. Students were able to turn in devices anonymously, without questions or consequences, and without school personnel present.
Take Back Your Vape Day brought in 59 vape devices, 15 vape juices, 4 chargers, and 82 pods.

Anyone in the community can turn vape devices into our office Mondays-Thursdays from 12-4 pm.
Prevention Resources, Inc.
4 Walter Foran Blvd., Suite 410
Flemington, NJ 08829

For more information, contact Erin ecohen@njprevent.com

We will partner with Hunterdon Pediatrics, the five high schools in Hunterdon County, as well as with Raritan Valley Community College to incorporate SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) to prevent onset and reduce progression of alcohol, opioid, and marijuana use disorder.
Positive YOUth has many wonderful partners including the Safe Communities Coalition (SCC), One Voice, RVCC, Partnership for Health Coalition, National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency (NCADD), the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and Law Enforcement, Latino Access Coalition (LAC), Harvest Family Success Center (HFSC), United Way, Hunterdon Pediatrics, and local high schools and middle schools.

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