All YOUth on Board is back!
We are pleased to announce that the All YOUth on Board Leadership team has kicked off for the 2015-2016 school year. Eight members of the team, representing 6 high schools, came out to our Meet and Greet on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Winthrop’s DiGiorgio Center. We look forward to working with our AYOB Leadership team in planning awareness events for York County, and within each York County High School. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
The Blunt Truth is an initiative started by the SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) to spark a discussion in South Carolina about marijuana, the impact of its legalization in other states, and how we can prepare our youth and citizens to make smart choices about its use. The Blunt Truth is funded through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For more information,CLICK HERE.
As we enter the final week of our Operation Medicine Drop month, please remind all your contacts of our efforts to educate our citizens on the importance of safe and legal ways to dispose of their unwanted, expired medicine and keep them out of the hands of our youth! Locations for dropping off medicine include all county police jurisdictions and the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Medicine Drop Date and Locations Announced for 2014
Saturday, April 5 – Saturday, April 26 ROCK HILL, SC The program allows people to drop off their unwanted medicines to law enforcement officials who then dispose of them in a safe and non-‐hazardous manner. More than 70% of people who abuse prescription painkillers say they get them from home or right out of the medicine cabinets of family or friends. Operation Medicine Drop provides a way to join the fight against drug abuse, protect your family and pets against accidental ingestion and help keep our water clean and safe. “Every time we collect and destroy a dosage of excess medication, it’s a success, Marvin Brown Commander of York County Multijurisdictional Enforcement Drug Unit said, “We’re keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our waterways.” Over the last few years, Operation Medicine Drop operations have collected over 900,000 doses of unwanted, unused or expired medicines. All On Board Executive Director Bob Norwood said, “We’ve got to sound the alarm to parents and adult caregivers that prescription drugs are a source of grave concern. Teens are abusing these drugs and some are even dying because of it. We need the community to bring in their unwanted, unused and expired medicines on so that no child loses their life to medicine abuse.”
All On Board Makes Major Announcements Today
ROCK HILL, SC The All On Board Executive Committee announces today the decision to formally create a stand-alone nonprofit organization of All On Board, along with the appointment of Bob Norwood as Executive Director of the organization. Danielle Center as part time staff and the exit of Jane Alleva who will be leaving us later in the year to join her husband in Vancouver B.C.
As you recall much of last year’s efforts during our AOB Coalition meetings focused on the necessary steps to move forward such as capacity building from with our membership, leadership and a clear mission and vision that would stand the test of time to justify a full nonprofit organization.
Bob Norwood is the ideal person to lead the launch of this countywide organization and ensure that the organization has a viable, sustainable, community-driven strategic plan to ensure quality violence and substance abuse prevention services have substantial resources, technical assistance, heightened public awareness and critical advocacy for our county’s youth and families. Bob has been intricately involved in AOB’s operations since its founding and has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to our community from serving on the Rock Hill School Board since1996 to membership and leadership roles in several nonprofit and community organizations.
As many of you know, the York County All on Board Coalition began during the 2003-04 school year. Originally known as York County Talks About Teen Drinking, the coalition was created under the auspices of the Rock Hill School District upon the initiative of two citizens, Bob Norwood, Chair of the Rock Hill School District Board of Trustees and Terry Plumb, then editor of The Herald newspaper (since retired.) It soon became a countywide effort of citizens and professionals concerned about the abuse of alcohol by the school-age population. Highlighted a few of the accomplishments include:
– Securing a $625,000 federal grant for York County Efforts – Creating Operation Medicine Drop – AOB conducted an Alcohol and Other Drugs Community Needs Assessment and all four York
County School Districts participated with survey data from middle and high school students. – AOB sponsored an elected officials breakfast to educate our leaders on synthetic marijuana and
play a major role in enforcement. – AOB staff has conducted numerous educational sessions on drug trends and issues. – AOB sponsored a medicine awareness workshop at Baxter Hood with over 200 attendees.
All four school districts in York County, area high school students, parents, the medical community, businesses, and law enforcement leaders have joined the substance abuse experts and other service providers throughout the county to embrace the mission of the All On Board Coalition. Today with the announcement of establishing of our own stand-alone organization and with Bob Norwood’s leadership we can ensure that York County’s efforts are supported and expanded.
Equally as important as the announcement of Bob and Danielle is the gratitude we all have for what Keystone Substance Abuse Services has done in making this day possible. Keystone has played a crucial role in spearheading the coalition from day one with allowing staff time to be allocated to capacity building, securing grant funding and serving as our fiscal agent over the last four years. Keystone has always been on the forefront of substance abuse prevention and treatment and must always remain one of the most important partners in All On Board’s mission and efforts. Today’s announcement will only strengthen the partnerships and build stronger capacity in the system to include allowing All On Board to develop a broader prevention role in York County.
We appreciate the leadership that Jane Alleva has provided All On Board in the five years she has been with