Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance Abuse Prevention

Successful Merchant Training Held on St. John

Working together for the benefit of all residents on St. John, the St. John Youth Coalition and the VI Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs invited all merchants on St. John to participate in an educational seminar for Community Awareness and Compliance Training on Thursday, November 5, 2015 10:00am-12noon at[…]

Youth Smokers Begin their Habit Because of Sweet Flavoring

Analysis by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that most teens who use tobacco start with flavored products. “Consistent with national school-based estimates, this study confirms widespread appeal of flavored products among youth tobacco users,” the authors, led by Bridget K. Ambrose of the Center for Tobacco Products at[…]

Welcome New Member: VI Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs

St. John Youth Coalition President, Angela D. Coleman, met with VI Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Director of Enforcement, Winsbut MarFarlande and Enforcement Officer, Darryl Donovan, to discuss merchant training and the needs of youth on St. John.  St. John Administrator, Camille Paris, was also in attendance for part[…]

Have a Safe & Healthy Carnival!

We posted flyers on all vendor booths in the Village and in the surrounding area during this year’s Carnival Festival to keep children on St. John safe and reduce the number youth engaging in underage drinking and substance abuse.  We would like to thank the St. John Carnival Committee for[…]

Gender and Race Influences When Teens Start Using Substances

Researchers at Penn State have found that gender and race influences when teenagers start drinking, smoking and using drugs.  They found: Cigarette use among Caucasian teenagers is higher than among African-American and Latino teenagers, especially at 18 years old. Alcohol and marijuana use are also higher in Caucasian teenagers, and[…]

VIPD Commissioner Calls for Multi-Agency Approach for Youth

Virgin Islands Police Department Commissioner Delroy Richards says a main cause for the ongoing gun violence in the territory has to do with the territory’s leaders, and various government agencies, failing young people. Richards calls for a “multi-agency response” to help reverse the deeply rooted problem. “The problem that I[…]

Teenagers & Alcohol Brands

A new study shows that underage drinkers are more likely to choose alcohol brands that are advertised at sports, music and entertainment events. Published in the journal Addiction, Michael Siegal, professor of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health led the study, which examined sponsorships of organizations[…]

Next Generation Scholars Program-Applications Due March 7, 2015

Funded by the Lana Vento Fund for the Virgin Islands, The Next Generation Scholars Program (NGSP) seeks to provide first generation college bound students enrolled in public schools on St. Thomas with the coaching and support necessary to help them achieve their dreams of higher education. Beginning as early as[…]