The Mission of the Scituate FACTS (Families, Adolescents, and Communities Together Against Substances) Coalition is to reduce underage drinking, marijuana, and prescription drug abuse among youth in Scituate.
The Coalition will use a community-based approach to enhance educational programs, individual awareness, and informed decision making.
The Coalition seeks to create a cultural shift through the education and leadership of our community youth that substance abuse is not the norm.”
The Scituate FACTS Coalition quickly organized after an invitation from a regional hospital in the summer of 2011. The Weymouth, MA-based South Shore Hospital’s Youth Health Connection contacted school leaders from several communities south of Boston to attend an information session on youth substance abuse prevention. Several representatives from Gates Intermediate School and Scituate High School attended, and committed to forming a community coalition.
The Coalition has evolved over time, adding stakeholders from throughout the community. The Coalition worked with the National Director of Prevention from SADD to form a “Policy Task Force” during the 2011-2012 school year. This group was co-chaired by the Police Chief and High School Principal and included representatives from each of these sectors of the community: parent representatives from all schools, youth, business owners, clergy, medical professionals, school guidance, media, board of selectmen, police, substance abuse professionals, health educators, and middle school and high school principals.
It was through this brainstorming and community assessment process that the Coalition determined to continue, post-SADD funding. We had a framework in hand, and a membership motivated to act. Indeed, in 2012, our group was recognized by South Shore Hospital’s Youth Health Connection, SADD, and Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz as a “FACTS Champion” among coalitions in the South Shore area.
The Coalition aligned the tasks and themes from the Policy Task Force work into seven core Subcommittees, and we continue that work.
Each member brings their story to the table, and also a professional background or area of interest to these groups: Communication, Parent Education, Youth Education, Teen Programming, Data, Environmental Strategies, and Coalition Planning.
In September 2013, The Scituate FACTS Coalition was recognized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy through the award of a prestigious Drug-Free Communities Support Grant. This five-year grant ensures that Scituate FACTS will have the tools and coordination to continue our mission into the future.
Open Coalition Meetings (link to calendar). are led by the two founding Co-Chairs: Greg Ranieri, Director of Health and Wellness for Scituate Public Schools, and a parent, Annmarie Galvin.
In addition to the Subcommittees, The Scituate FACTS Coalition is proud to report twelve dedicated Sector Representatives from across the community, to ensure a broad representation of Scituate. Sector Reps are leaders in the town and often serve as subcommittee chairs as well.
These individuals are charged with sharing the work of FACTS back within their sphere of influence, whether that is among the business sector, the medical community, or among parents. This model of “for-the -community, by-the-community” is what makes Scituate FACTS so effective.
We hope to add even more youth members this year.