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Healthy Alternatives Fair December 3rd

All seventh through twelfth grade youth are invited to attend The Collaborative’s Healthy Alternatives Fair on Thursday, December 3rd, 3:30-5pm at Long Trail School.

The Healthy Alternatives’s Fair supports youth by providing them with the opportunity to try new activities and learn new skills taught by community members.  Studies have shown that youth who are involved are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors.

Attendance at the Healthy Alternatives Fair also counts as a make-up event for participants in The Collaborative’s Refuse to Use program.

Information on this years workshop coming soon!!


Broom Ball!

Broom Ball 2015-2016


Alcohol Policies Reduce Youth Use

Do local alcohol use policies make a difference in reducing youth alcohol use?

The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, recently released the results of a study suggesting that the answer to this question is “Yes!”

Here’s their conclusion from state-level data (across the US):

“Stronger alcohol policies, including those that do not target youth specifically, are related to a reduced likelihood of youth alcohol consumption. These findings suggest that efforts to reduce youth drinking should incorporate population-based policies to reduce excessive drinking among adults as part of a comprehensive approach to preventing alcohol-related harms.” 

 So what can you do?

Examine your local town policies or ordinances around public alcohol use. Ask at the town office or check their website. Does your community have a policy about where alcohol can be used in public places?  Are the spaces where kids gather protected with a strong no alcohol policy, ordinance, or law?  Does your community restrict outlet density or the placement of alcohol signage at local markets?

Does your town have strong policies? 

If your town does have strong alcohol use policies, you are fortunate. - Many Vermont towns do not have policies restricting public alcohol use, in fact some communities allow alcohol use on school grounds during non-school events.

 If your town’s policies are relatively weak – don’t despair.  It often only takes a few concerned residents to create change.  Speak to your town planning or select board members about making sure that your town is keeping kids health as a priority. If you need talking points contact The Collaborative, or 824-4200.

So take that first step – find out what policies are in place in your community!



Harvest Festival

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Bid NOW! Annual Auction

This is one of our main fundraisers! With a huge shout out to area (and distant) businesses for their magnificent donations to our 2015 Online Auction. A special thanks to Homestead Landscaping, Depot 62, KNJ Motorsports for financial sponsorship!! Please bid often and at the highest price!! Here’s the link:


The Whys and Hows of Smoke Free Spaces

The Whys and Hows of Smoke Free Spaces


Calypso in the Country

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Thank You First Baptist Church!

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VT Department of Health Launches ParentUp

PARUP_SUPPORTER_BUTTON   Underage drinking risks immediate consequences, including impaired driving, alcohol poisoning, and increased risk of sexual assault, but studies also reveal that 90% percent of long-term addictions start in the teen years. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, The Collaborative encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the importance of early education on alcoholism and addiction.
In Vermont, one-third of high school students reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days, according to the 2013 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey. To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse among youth in Vermont, The Collaborative is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month.
Drugs and alcohol are not easy topics to bring up, especially with children and teens who may often seem like they’re not listening. But the truth is that the #1 reason kids give for not drinking is that they don’t want to disappoint their parents. Children do care deeply about their parents’ opinions—even if they don’t show it directly.
Parents can help prevent alcohol and other drug use with the following strategies:
• Set the foundation by helping your child develop key skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors
• Talk about alcohol, drugs, and mental health issues
• Monitor your teen
• Spread the word and make connections with other parents
• Know the warning signs
Learn more about these strategies and how to take action with ParentUp, an initiative of the Vermont Department of Health.
If you think your teen is drinking or using drugs, find information and help at:
• The Collaborative 802-824-4200

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month - Take a day off from drinking this week


Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, The Collaborative encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse in our community,
The Collaborative is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month.

If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting.
Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:
• Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for
• Keep track of how much you drink.
• Don’t drink when you are upset.
• Avoid places where people drink a lot.
• Make a list of reasons not to drink.
If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, offer to help.
• Contact a local Turning Point Center of Bennington County, Vermont Recovery Network or The Wilson House

For more information, call The Collaborative at 824-4200