Mission, Vision & Goals


Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA) is a data-driven collaboration aimed at leveraging the power of collective impact to improve health outcomes for Staten Island’s youth and young adults. This coalition seeks to drive major improvements in youth and young adult substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery on Staten Island.

It is a dynamic partnership of private and nonprofit organizations; city and state government agencies; philanthropists; parents, teachers and teens— many of whom have been working to combat alcohol and drug misuse for years. The TYSA coalition is different because all of its members work together to help one another, and the whole community, prevent substance misuse.

TYSA is currently supported by a Drug Free Communities grant, Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success grant, and generous funds from The Staten Island Foundation.

What Does TYSA Do?

  • Educate the community on substance use issues by coordinating Parent Workshops and Community Forums, and implementing Media Campaigns
  • Collect and share data and personal stories through Focus Groups, Surveys, and Testimonials
  • Train professionals, including Pharmacists, Physicians, Youth Service Providers, Beverage Servers, Business Owners
  • Provide opportunities for youth and community ownership of issue through our Youth Council, Workgroups, and Townhall Meetings
  • Connect community with needed resources by distributing Fact Sheets, Web Resources, Parent Toolkits, and Treatment Resource Guides
  • Advocate for systems-level change at the local, state, and federal level

TYSA Aims To:

  • Engage and diverse communities and constituencies are all playing a part in decreasing youth and young adult substance misuse
  • Achieve major gains, not minor improvements
  • Use clear metrics, at the youth, organization, and system-levels
  • Support partner implementers
  • Align efforts to achieve greater collective impact
  • Avoid duplicating existing programs

TYSA’s Guiding Principles:

  • Population-Level Impact
  • Structural Change
  • Data-Driven
  • Evidence-Based Strategies

TYSA’s Goals

  1. Decrease the use of alcohol among Staten Island youth and young adults
  2. Decrease the use of prescription drugs in Staten Island youth and young adults
  3. Increase healthy choices among Staten Island youth and young adults

About TYSA

Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA) is a coalition of people and organizations who have come together with a mission to decrease youth and young adult substance misuse on Staten Island. The coalition focuses all of its members on using their resources to help one another, and the whole community, combat substance misuse.

Contact TYSA

444 St. Marks Place
3rd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301

Main Line: (718) 226-0258

For Media Inquiries:
Rosanne Mottola
Communications Specialist
(718) 226-0349

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