WEIRTON - Shorter, catchier names can often help people better remember what certain things are and one local organization focusing on drug prevention is hoping for just that.
The Brooke Hancock Drug Prevention Coalition held its monthly meeting where members voted to change their name and logo. Advocates For Substance Abuse Prevention ASAP - is the name that will take effect immediately. Kim Weaver, an ASAP member, and Weaver Media Group designed multiple logos. This gave ASAP members the opportunity to choose and vote on the new logo they wanted.
"We wanted something that would be easier for individuals in the community to remember and also better define our goals," said Jason Rine, Drug Free Communities coordinator.
ASAP is currently working on Youth Risk Assessment Surveys, which is a condition of the Drug Free Communities Grant. A stipulation for this is 10 percent of Hancock County youth, grades 6-12 have to be surveyed.
According to Rine, the Drug Free Community Grant requires that they show the coalition and its activities have an influence on the youth in the community. With this first youth risk assessment survey, he said ASAP hopes to gather data to compare with future surveys to show if the group's prevention strategies are working. The surveys, he added, will benefit the community by accurately tracking the local youths' involvement in risky behaviors, alcohol abuse and drug abuse over the next several years.
"Our prevention efforts should show a decline in youth drug and alcohol abuse," he said.
ASAP is currently looking for help from volunteers and other local organizations who would like to get involved. The organization will be distributing a youth risk assessment survey asking about overall health and behaviors to the Hancock youth grades 6-12.
"We are looking for parents with children in those age groups to volunteer to have their child take the survey," he said.
The survey is completely confidential and no names will be recorded except on parental permission slip forms and the survey answers will never be able to be traced back to the youth. Individuals or organizations wanting to join ASAP or participate in the surveys can find the group on Facebook or call 304-748-7850.
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