Most of us set goals for ourselves this time of year. It’s only natural. As the ball dropped and ushered in the new calendar year, we set higher personal expectations New year new you, right?
Vermont is the third healthiest state in the union in new report published by AmericanHealthRankings.org– just behind #1 Massachusetts and #2 Hawaii. That’s an improvement over 2016, when Vermont ranked fifth overall.
Local Youth partnered with ACT to continue the Sticker Shock Campaign. Continuing the campaign of last year, in an effort to raise awareness of the penalties of supplying minors with alcohol.
“At four liquor stores, some 40 cases of alcoholic beverages now have a bright yellow and black warning sticker on them.
The Sticker Shock Campaign is a collaborative effort amongst several community organizations to stop those selling alcohol to minors. The movement started on Wednesday when about six youth from Teens 4 Change and the Center for Restorative Justice’s (CRJ) Student Hope and Opportunities Program (SHOP) placed stickers on cases.
Bennington Beverage Outlet, Mincer’s Mini Mart, Willy’s Variety Store and Martin’s Mini Mart are participating in the campaign.”
Per the Bennington Banner. Full article can be found HERE
May is Vermont Youth Appreciation Month
Four years ago, a group of Bennington area youth drafted a statewide resolution to establish a Vermont Youth Appreciation Day. This celebration was a call to action in response to YRBS data that reflected the low rates of VT youth that feel they matter to our communities.
A joint resolution was passed and this home-grown event has blossomed significantly in the years since. This year on Thursday, April 28th at 12:30 pm, Governor Peter Shumlin will sign a proclamation declaring the month of May as Vermont Youth Appreciation Month in his Ceremonial Office at the statehouse in Montpelier.
When: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, Noon
Where: Bennington County Regional Commission, 111 South Street, Suite 203 Bennington, VT
What: Local organization, Alliance for Community Transformations (ACT) will host a press conference to announce the awarding of a five-year, $625,000 Drug Free Communities Grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Office of the White House.
Who: ACT Chair Lucinda Krautheim, ACT Vice-Chair Katrina Hollis, ACT Director/State Representative, Kiah Morris; ACT Program Coordinator, Nevin Lessard; ACT Executive Committee Member, Sophia Prandini, ACT Youth Empowerment Committee Chair Dare Meunier, Bennington County Regional Commission Executive Director Jim Sullivan, Local Legislators
Why: The Alliance for Community Transformations is one of four funded organizations in the state of Vermont that has been awarded the Drug Free Communities Grant in 2015. A regionally-based, substance abuse and public health coalition, ACT worked collaboratively with multiple agencies, organizations, businesses and community volunteers in the development of the successful grant application and activities that are supported through this funding. The grant goals are as follows:
Grant Goal 1: Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.
Grant Goal 2: Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
Results of recent substance abuse assessments and descriptions of grant activities will be presented at this event.
For more information contact ACT at 802-442-713 extension 9 or 6.