In 2017, all six Tioga County school districts participated in the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey for grades 8,10, & 12. The survey asks questions about a variety of topics important to our youth such as, substance use, school climate, mental health, and peer relationships. The data will be be collected every other year to keep a finger on the pulse of current trends and issues affecting our young people.
The coalition uses the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process, which is proven to be effective in organizations and communities striving to prevent and reduce the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
The framework addresses both risk and protective factors. Risk factors are those elements within an individual or her environment that make her more susceptible to particular negative behaviors or conditions. Protective factors are the opposite – those elements within an individual or his environment that make him less susceptible to those negative behaviors or conditions.