TAOS ALIVE IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO REDUCE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONGST YOUTH IN TAOS COUNTY
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.
- 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.
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