TYSA, known as Tackling Youth Substance Abuse, was founded in 2011 when Take Care Staten Island, The Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, and The Staten Island Foundation convened people interested in addressing community health issues.
With the assistance of FSG, a global non-profit consulting firm, community members analyzed local health data. Alarming trends showed Staten Island youth were burdened by substance use issues – specifically prescription drug misuse and underage drinking – at a rate much higher than their NYC counterparts.
Using the collective impact model, a high-level strategic framework was adopted in November 2011, including a common agenda, problem data, goals, and indicators, as well as a blueprint for implementation. In September of 2012, newly hired staff and community partners formally launched TYSA, through generous funds from The Staten Island Foundation, at a standing-room-only event at Staten Island’s Borough Hall.