Hills/Valley Coalition for Resilient Youth
The Hills Valley Coalition held it's annual summer planning meeting on August 25th at the Woodcliff Lake Senior Center in Tice's Corner. We had a very good first meeting with each of the four towns represented by law enforcement. Both SRO's, (school resource officers) two police chiefs and the Bergen County Internet Task Force Officer attended as well. Our core committee and some new members interested in getting involved with the HVC also attended. The meeting allowed for new members to meet core members and participate in the discussion on what will be the focus for this school year. The discussion generated many ideas, all of which address the underage drinking and drug abuse in our community. We were very pleased with the participation on a summer evening and look forward to our October meeting.
The Hills/Valley Coalition for Resilient Youth “HVC”
is an alliance of community members, municipal leaders, health providers,
law enforcement officers, and school officials who are committed
to prevention education for a safe and substance free environment
for youth and families in Hillsdale, Montvale, River Vale and Woodcliff Lake.
Our Mission is to educate and inform the community-at-large
about how to promote a healthy, safe, and substance-free environment
that encourages the development of a positive lifestyle for our
youth and reduces at-risk teen behavior.
This non-profit organization is staffed entirely by volunteers, who work hard to promote a healthy lifestyle message. The Coalition was founded in 1996 and since that time has
accomplished many important tasks.
The “Hills/Valley Coalition News” – a quarterly newsletter to inform and educate parents about teenage issues which relate to the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices.
Organizing and presenting parent programs on relevant topics (i.e. Club Drugs, Host Liability, Binge to Blackout, Wired Kids, Pharming in the Garden State, Teen Depression, Parenting: Who's Ruling the Roost) for parents of middle and high school students.
Promote “Safe Homes” program.
Encouraging alternative substance-free activities for teens in the community.
Assistance in reviewing sound school policies regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in and around school.
Publicizing school prevention efforts on local access television programs.
Maintain a HVC Website www.hilsvalleycoalition.org to enlighten and motivate community members and organizations to take positive actions.