The Positive YOUth Initiative is focused on building county wide capacity to reduce substance misuse among youth 9-20 years old in Hunterdon County. This initiative addresses behavioral health disparities such as at-risk youth and under-served populations in Hunterdon County.
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 Cohen

Positive YOUth encourages the implementation of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) at Hunterdon Pediatrics, the five high schools in Hunterdon County, as well as with Raritan Valley Community College to prevent onset and reduce progression of alcohol, opioid, and marijuana use disorder.

Contact Erin Cohen at to schedule an SBIRT training.

Drop Your Phone and Talk is a student led initiative. Students were concerned about not connecting with their peers and decided during lunch instead of looking at their phones they would put them away and talk. Baskets were put on tables, in hallways and other areas where students could place their phones. Inside of the baskets were also conversation starters for those students who might need something to talk about.

Positive YOUth has many wonderful partners including the Safe Communities Coalition (SCC), One Voice, RVCC, Partnership for Health Coalition (Drug-Free Task Force), 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.

The Help App

The Help App was developed by Prevention Resources and the Hunterdon Central Code Club. This application provides resources and hotlines for teens and families.
No phone? No problem! Access the resources on the web-

Conversation Starters

Youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience school problems, such as higher rates of absences or lower grades.

Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 3,500 deaths and 210,000 years of potential life lost among people under age 21 each year.

Youth who drink alcohol are more likely to engage in risky sexual activity – 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape every year.

Drinking lowers inhibitions and increases the chances that children will engage in risky behavior or do something that they will regret when they are sober.

Young people who drink are more likely to have health issues such as depression and anxiety disorders.

Every day 3,287 teenagers use marijuana.

In the 1990’s, the average THC (the active ingredient which makes the user get high) level was 3.8% and the marijuana available now in retail dispensaries has the average THC level between 17.7% and 23.2%. Marijuana concentrates such as dabs, waxes, vaping oils, and edibles can contain more than 90% THC.

1 in 10 marijuana adult users will develop an addiction to the substance. For those who begin using in adolescence, the rate of addiction rises to 1 in 6.

Marijuana significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time. Studies have found a direct relationship between the concentration of marijuana (THC) in the blood and driving ability. The risk of being involved in an accident doubles after marijuana use.

Regular marijuana use during adolescence can lead to reduced IQ scores, poorer school performance and higher school dropout rates.

Unlike smoked marijuana, edibles can take from 30 minutes to 2 hours to take effect. So, some people eat too much, which can lead to poisoning and/or serious injury.

Potential Health Risks of Vaping include: nicotine addiction, decreased brain development, increased risk for heart disease, respiratory and eye irritation, asthma attacks, E-liquid poisoning, and battery explosions.

If you have vaped within the past 30 days you are 7x more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

65% of youth who had used an e-cigarette in the last 30 days also reported using another tobacco product in the same time frame.

Vaping produces aerosol not “water vapor” including: nicotine, ultrafine particles, heavy metals (Nickel, Tin, Lead, etc.), cancer-causing chemicals, volatile organic compounds and flavoring such as Diacetyl, a chemical linked to popcorn lung/serious lung disease.

About 99% of ALL vapes sold contain nicotine.

Even if you don’t vape every day, you can still get addicted. How quickly someone gets addicted varies. Some people get addicted even if they don’t vape every day.

NJ’s 911 Lifeline Legislation

Purchasing, possessing or consuming alcohol is illegal for those under the Minimum Legal Drinking Age of 21. This legislation provides immunity from prosecution when the steps below are followed. If a young person is suspected of alcohol poisoning and their friend(s) want to help them, they must:

1. Call for Help: One of the underage persons call 9-1-1 and reports that another underage person was in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption. The underage person is the first person to make the 9-1-1 report;

2. Stay with your Friend: The underage person (and, if applicable, one or two others acting in concert with the underage person who made the 9-1-1 call) remains on the scene with the underage person in need of medical assistance;

AND 3. Talk with Authorities: The underage person who called 9-1-1 (and, if applicable, one or two others who were acting in concert with the caller) provide each of their names to the 9-1-1 operator and cooperates with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel on the scene.

The underage person who is receiving medical assistance is also immune from prosecution. This immunity applies on public and private property.

5 Goals for Parents:

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  • Connector.

    Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse.

    Over 80 percent of young people ages 10–18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. Send a clear and strong message that you disapprove of underage drinking and misuse of other drugs.

  • Connector.

    Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success.

    Young people are more likely to listen when they know you’re on their side. Reinforce why you don’t want your child to drink or use other drugs—because you want your child to be happy and safe. The conversation will go a lot better if you’re open and you show concern.

  • Connector.

    Show you’re a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs.

    You want your child to make informed decisions about alcohol and other drugs with reliable information about their dangers. You don’t want your child to learn about alcohol and other drugs from unreliable sources. Establish yourself as a trustworthy source of information.

  • Connector.

    Show you’re paying attention and you’ll discourage risky behaviors.

    Show you’re aware of what your child is up to, as young people are more likely to drink or use other drugs if they think no one will notice. Do this in a subtle way, without prying.

  • Connector.

    Build your child’s strategies for avoiding underage drinking and drug use.

    Even if you don’t think your child wants to drink or try other drugs, peer pressure is a powerful thing. Having a plan to avoid alcohol and drug use can help children make better choices. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they’ll say “no thanks.”

Programa en Español
De 9th a 12th grado

Tienes una semana para completar las actividades
1. Ve primero el video de autoestima

2. Ve el video de” Cómo tener más confianza y seguridad en uno mismo”

3. Después completa el Kahoot

Game PIN: 07297318

1. Ve primero el video de Comunicación

2. Ve el video de Comunicación Verbal: Oral y Escrita/Comunicación

3. Después completa el Kahoot

Game PIN: 08380721

1. Ve primero el video de Habilidades Sociales

2. Ve el video de Habilidades para la vida

3. Después completa el Kahoot

Game Pin: 04326658

1. Ve primero el video de Resolución de conflictos

2. Ve el video solución de conflictos

3. Después completa el Kahoot

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1. Ve primero el video de Influencia de los medios de comunicación

2. Ve el video Los effctos de los medios masivos de comunicación

3. Después completa el Kahoot

Game Pin: 09544607

1. Ve primero el video Toma de decisiones

2. Ve el video Toma de decisiones

3. Después completa el Kahoot

Game pin: 02721857

1. Ve primero el video “Opiodes”

2. Ver el video “El Factor Fentanyl”

3. y después completa el Kahoot
Game Pin: 06863602

Estudiantes de ELL

Información: Estudiantes de ELL/ Central High School.
El vapear está de moda y a crecido su popularidad debido a la campaña dirigida a los consumidores de nicotina como una forma más segura de fumar cigarros tradicionales.

El cigarrillo electrónico, denominado comúnmente vaping, es un vaporizar portátil que funciona con baterías, calentando un líquido que produce vapor y es inhalado y alojado en los pulmones.

No se conoce a ciencia cierta los componentes en un e-liquido de cigarrillo electrónico, pero podemos mencionar algunos, propilenglicol y/o Glicerina vegetal, nicotina en diferentes dosis, aromas, saborizantes u otros ingredientes, encontrándose también en estos vaporizadores aceites de tetrahidirocannabino (THC) y cannabinioides (CBD).

Estos dos últimos componentes/ingredientes vienen de la planta de mariguana, produciendo diferentes efectos, pero interactuando conjuntamente.

Las partículas finas y ultra finas del vapor perjudica la salud produciendo:

• Adicción/dependencia a la Nicotina.
• Daño permanente en personas menores de 25 años, (neuroquímica cerebral- aprendizaje y atención)
• No sabemos que otros componentes tienen especialmente si el producto viene de China.
• Enfermedades respiratorias (neumonía, inflamación del sistema respiratorio)
• Inflamación pulmonar a corto plazo
• Asma
• Enfermedades pulmonares obstructivas crónicas.
• Enfermedades cancerosas a largo plazo
• Perjudican a quienes están alrededor como el tabaco de segunda mano
• Irritación de la garganta
• Problemas cardiacos (estrechar las arterias y provocar un infarto)

Para más información comunícate con:

Flor Sanchez
Latino Outreach Specialist
Positive YOUth

¿Qué es la depresión?
La depresión es una enfermedad grave que nos afecta física y mentalmente en nuestro modo de sentir y de pensar. La depresión nos puede provocar deseos de alejarnos de nuestra familia, amigos, trabajos y escuela. La depresión es sinónimo de tristeza, desánimo, desilusión, desmotivación al sentirse infeliz o miserable es significativo ya que probablemente estamos pasando por un periodo de depresión.
La depresión en adolescentes es un problema de salud mental grave que provoca un sentimiento de tristeza constante y una pérdida de interés en realizar diferentes actividades. Afecta como la persona piensa, se siente y se comporta, pudiendo provocar problemas emocionales, funcionales y físicos.
La depresión puede ocurrir en cualquier momento de tu vida.

Algunos problemas como la presión de sus compañeros, las expectativas académicas y los cambios físicos durante la adolescencia pueden ocasionar muchos altibajos. Sin embargo, para algunos adolescentes, estar deprimido es mucho más que solo sentimientos temporales, sino que es un síntoma de depresión.

La depresión es más severa y duradera que la tristeza normal. Todos en algún momento atravesamos por etapas difíciles en nuestras vidas, por eso es primordial entender que sentirse triste temporalmente es muy diferente a estar deprimido o a sufrir de depresión.

La depresión en adolescentes no es una debilidad o algo que se pueda superar con fuerza de voluntad, puede tener consecuencias graves y requiere tratamientos a largo plazo. Para la mayoría de los adolescentes, los síntomas de depresión se calman con tratamientos como medicamentos y terapia psicológica.

La depresión interfiere con otros aspectos de tu vida, como el trabajo, la universidad, escuela o relaciones interpersonales puede incluso llevar a la incapacidad funcional, pero con el tratamiento educativo muchas personas pueden superarla y llevar una vida feliz.

Si necesitas más información puedes recurrir a los Recursos mencionados abajo.

Prevention Resources
Flor Sanchez

NAMI en Español:

Hunterdon County Youth Services

Cathoilic Charities

Daytop Village of NJ

Hunterdon Behavioral Health

Mental Health crisis hot line

Kwenyan and Associates