Staten Islanders: you can help fight substance misuse in our community by educating our youth about prevention by helping those that may be using alcohol and other drugs.

Parents and Community Members

Getting informed is key to addressing substance misuse among our young people. Now that we have learned about the drug landscape on Staten Island, what can you do about it?

  • Get trained to deliver TYSA’s Parents You Matter workshop
  •  Get trained to administer life-saving naloxone
  •  Join a TYSA Workgroup

Youth & Young Adults

If you, a friend, or family member is struggling with substance use, you can help.

Middle and High School Students

Join Teens 4 Change or groups at your school or in your community that are committed to raising awareness around the dangers of substance use.

About Teens 4 Change

Teens 4 Change is a youth council born out of the partnership between TYSA and Reality Check’s Tobacco-Free Staten Island (TFSI) initiative. The main focus of this group is to decrease the use of substances among youth and young adults. By working together, we hope to change the social norm around behavioral health issues and see change in the community through education, mobilization, and media campaigns.

The youth council meets weekly from 6-8 PM at the Jewish Community Center at 1466 Manor Road. The group is co-facilitated by a TYSA coordinator and a Reality Check coordinator. The youth council may receive community service hours for their participation and also will have the opportunity to participate in advocacy opportunities.

Over 18 or not in school? There are opportunities for you too! Volunteer with TYSA! Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

College Students

Many colleges and universities have coalitions or clubs that organize around substance use prevention, treatment and recovery. Visit your school’s student life for more information. You can also host a TYSA presentation at your school.

Interested in volunteering? Contact TYSA project staff to find out more information.

About TYSA

The TYSA coalition is a data-driven collaboration aimed at leveraging the power of collective impact to improve behavioral health outcomes for Staten Island’s youth. Through the lens of equity and inclusion, this project seeks to drive major improvements in youth substance use and mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery on Staten Island. TYSA seeks to:

  • Engage diverse communities and constituencies, inclusive of lived experience, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status and all of the other rich diversity on Staten Island
  • Achieve major gains, not minor improvements
  • Use clear metrics, at the youth, organization, and system-levels
  • Support the success of partner implementers
  • Align and improve efforts to achieve greater collective impact
  • Avoid reinventing the wheel or duplicating existing existing programs
  • Identify and address disparities
  • Identify root causes such as adverse childhood experiences, and support community level change
  • Create a culture of equity in systems and partnerships

Contact TYSA

444 St. Marks Place, 3FL
Staten Island, NY 10301

(718) 226-0258