Our History of Prevention: 2005 – Present

2005

  • Received Newport County Fund Grant of $18,000 over two years to enhance after school programs.
  • 30 high school students serve as mentors to elementary school students referred for social skills training.
  • Conducted three training sessions for parents. Topics included adolescent development, inhalant use and positive discipline.
  • Prevention presentations made to students in Grade 10, 11 and 12.
  • Co-Sponsored Common Ground Café, a substance free evening of entertainment for high school students.
  • Supported SADD presentations to 9th grade health classes.
  • 2007

  • Prevention efforts shift to Environmental Strategies with outcomes measured in terms of "population-level" change.
  • Identified several priority prevention needs in the community, including prevention skills training for parents of elementary school students; prevention of bullying among middle school students; behavior modification presentations for high school students; enhancing peer mentoring initiatives; and expanding after school programs.
  • Initiated Pass It Up, a program in which high school students work with middle school students to reinforce and improve decision-making skills.
  • 2008

  • Tiverton Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force officially changes its name to Tiverton Prevention Coalition.
  • Sponsored Peer Helping Network Retreat with discussion focused on developing strategies to prevent substance abuse.
  • 2009

  • Town of Tiverton institutes the Juvenile Hearing Board.
  • Grant received for high school students to develop video about dangers of tobacco use.
  • Received $90,000, three-year Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Grant. Underage drinking identified as a problem statewide.
  • 2010

  • Annual Youth Health and Wellness Survey administered to Tiverton students in grades 7-12 for first time.
  • New Coalition website, www.tivertonprevention.org, is launched.
  • 2011

  • Drug Free Communities Grant award received ( $625,000 Oct 2011-Sept 2016)
  • Marijuana and Rx Drug Block Grant received ($189,000 Nov 2011-Oct 2014)
  • 2012

  • Monthly e-newsletter, Coalition News, established.
  • Breathalyzer policy passed for Tiverton High School.
  • Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking hosted for community members.
  • Clergy Breakfast hosted; Handbook created to engage faith communities in prevention.


  • Our History of Prevention:

          1988 - 2000      2005 - Present
    Coordinators
    Cathy Aprea, 1994 – 1997
    Rita St. Laurent, 1997 – 1999
    Joan Riley, 1999 – 2000
    Pat Athanas, 2000 – 2001
    Pat Atkinson-Santos, 2001 – 2002
    Rebecca Elwell, 2002 – Present

    Chairpersons
    Peter Dias 1988 – 1992
    William White 1992 – 1994
    Joseph Runner 1994 – 1996
    Wesley Stinson 1996 – 1998
    Joseph Runner 1998 – 1999
    Cathy Aprea 1999 – 2002
    Edith Borden 2010 – present