October 2017 Newsletter


OCTOBER  2017 


  • Mission:  Taos Alive Coalition unites the community to plan and implement strategies that prevent and reduce substance use and its consequences among Taos County youth.
  • Vision:  Taos County youth will live in a community that is safe, secure and drug-free.
     As Summer comes to a close and we enter into Fall, Taos Youth are entering back into a new school year. Taos Alive has re-focused the strategic plan making working with and for youth a priority. 
     Last month, we collaborated with many other youth focused organizations on the  Regeneration Festival and participated in hosting the Youth Forum. The discussion centered around how to include more youth in the festival in the future as well as considerations of how to make elders feel more comfortable at the festival 
     At the recent, Paseo Taos Outdoors Arts Festival, the RMYC Learning Lab created their Paseo Project: "Monster's of Addiction".

     This Fall, Taos Alive is working in collaboration with the LOR Foundation, who partners with rural communities in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming with a focus on improving livability and quality of life through community-driven solutions. We will work on a project hosting interviews with Taos Teens & Youth to give them a voice and learn more about what they are seeking from our community. 
     Along with working closely with youth communities to reach our goal of making Taos a more safe, secure, and drug-free environment, we also work on strategic plans that affect the overall environment of Taos. Ashleigh Grycner our Alcohol Prevention Specialist helped to table a recent license request in Taos that came before the AGD after the coalition members posted comments protesting the new request expressing  its location and proximity to the Local High School. 

     Miles Bonny, is gearing up for this month's Rx Drug Take Back Event on October 28th. Miles has made a tremendous effort on relaying to our community how the disposal of unused prescription drugs is an integral piece in reducing the misuse and abuse of prescribed medication. Not only have we made a great relationship with Smith's who has been extremely supportive in increasing awareness around the Rx Drug Take Back Event, but we have also collaborated with the Taos Pueblo Dept of Public Safety. Together we have designed and created 2)  signs to increase awareness of that Drop Box site. 1) sign will be on the front of building and one will hang near the road. Taos Alive will also soon provide a Narcan training in collaboration with the department as well. 
* To learn more abut our Strategic Plan or to Get Involved with the Taos Alive Coalition visit TAOSALIVE.ORG


Career Opportunities
Taos Alive Youth INTERN - We are proud to announce that High School Students are joining our Taos Alive Team as Coalition Interns and will be helping the coalition in its efforts to update the community assessment. 
     There are more opportunities to Intern and get involved. If you or a young person you know between the ages of 18-24 would like to have their voices heard about what they do and do not like about Taos, please email: julie@taosalive.org

Field Deputy Medical Investigator - The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator is looking for dedicated and talented individuals to conduct death
investigations in your county. This is an unusual and exciting learning opportunity that provides a valuable service to your community.
• Submit an on-line application to the UNM Human Resources website at https://hr.unm.edu/unmjobs
• Please contact Amy Wyman, Field Investigations Supervisor 505.925.0542
Shape Your Community. Be Proactive!

• Taos Alive Coalition- 10/4     10:30a-12:00p
• Alcohol Policy -   10/10    10:00a-11:30a
• Rx Drug Safety -  10/19  12:00p-1:30p
• Media Advisory -  10/24   10:30a-12:00p

Visit TAOSALIVE.ORG for more information or Contact Us. 


CHECK OUT the TAOS ALIVE MEDIA PAGE.  Stay Current with Taos Alive events, facts, prevention information. Help us by sharing the latest  Video PSAs on Youth Alcohol Prevention. 

Events & News 
Boozeless Thursdays are coming back long-term beginning this Fall. Promoting fun gatherings & events in the community that are without alcohol. More information soon.
• Responsible Beverage Service Training: set up a training for your restaurant or bar  establishment Contact Corrina

Pathways Dinner & Auction/ Rocky Mountain Youth Corps- 10/19
Taos Talks -  10/11 &  10/25  - Taos Alive Radio on 93.5 KNCE
The Bassmint: Youth Dance & DJ - every Wed. night
Mentors "Big Brother, Big Sister" -  On-Going


"CVS to limit opioid drug prescriptions amid national epidemic"    

"This Over-the-Counter Medication is Not as Safe as You Think" 

"They’re Out of Work and Taking Prescription Opioid Painkillers" 

"New Mexico Sues Drug Makers Over ‘Catastrophic Effects’ Of Painkiller Crisis"

Missed Last Month's Taos Talks? 


Taos Alive Coalition unites the community to plan and implement strategies that prevent and reduce substance use and its consequences among Taos County youth.

In Partnership with Holy Cross Hospital, Taos Health Systems
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