The council for Developing Positive Youth Culture (DPYC), established in 1996, is an ad hoc committee with a mission to create and sustain a positive youth culture for Ellington’s youth through collaboration among the community, schools, and town agencies.
Membership includes key stakeholders from Ellington's town agencies, schools, and community.
WE NEED YOU!
DPYC is looking for committed community members to collaboratively strengthen our youth and increase the awareness of substance use in Ellington.
As a DPYC member you will:
Represent the voice and perspective of your community.
Help to make decisions about strategies and activities to implement in the community.
Serve as an ambassador of the Coalition and its community prevention strategies.
Connect coalition strategies to resources – new or existing.
In July of 2021, the Developing Positive Youth Culture (DPYC) Coalition was awarded the Prevention in Connecticut Communities grantthrough the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).
Through this initiative, The Village for Families and Children and Ellington Youth Services are partnering to prevent underage alcohol use in Ellington by promoting positive connections and decreasing risk that contribute to substance use. DYPC is thrilled to partner with a network of community members who are passionate about this initiative, such as youth, parents, businesses, and volunteers.
Leah Coughlin was hired by The Village for Families and Children as a prevention program coordinator for the town of Ellington in partnership with a grant funded by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She is so excited to be assisting the town of Ellington in prevention efforts. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about this grant please reach out to her.
Risk factors are defined as an agent or situation that is known to make an individual or population more susceptible to the development of a specific negative condition.
Through a data driven process DPYC determined risk factors that contribute to underage drinking in the community.
Ease of Access:
How easy is it for youth to obtain alcohol in Ellington?
Facts about Ellington:
The number one source of alcohol is “other people their own age” (67.8%) (Erase Survey, 2017).
Facts from US:
43.5% of youth in the United States usually obtained the alcohol they drank by someone giving it to them (YRBS)
In 2019, among 12- to 14-year-olds who reported that they drank alcohol in the past month, 96.5 percent reported that they got it for free the last time they drank.
In many cases, adolescents have access to alcohol through family members or find it at home (niaaa).
Youth ages 12-14 report that the most common sources were getting it from a parent or guardian (19.7%) taking it from their own home (18.5%) receiving it free from someone under age 21 (16.9%)
Youth ages 15-17 report most common sources were receiving it free from someone under age 21 (22.8%) receiving it free from an unrelated person age 21 or older (15.1%) taking it from their own home (13.7%) or giving someone else money to purchase the alcohol (13.2%).
For youth ages 18-20 the most common sources were receiving it from an unrelated person age 21 or older (26.8%) or giving someone else money to purchase the alcohol (20.5%)
Most underage people who drink reported last using alcohol in someone else’s home (47.8%)
How are youth perceiving alcohol use among their peers?
Facts about Ellington:
Youth perceive that 63% of their peers had used alcohol in the past month when 18.2% reported that they had (Erase Survey, 2017).
Facts from US:
Youth drinking is correlated with adult drinking behaviors (Nelson et al., 2009; Xuan et al., 2015)
In 2020 45% of students aged 16-17 years reported perceiving that all or most students in grade level drank alcoholic beverages and 26.5% of students aged 14-15 years reported perceiving that all or most of students in their grade level drank alcoholic beverages. In 2020 25.3% of students aged 12-17 years reported perceiving that all or most of students in their grade level drank alcoholic beverages (University of Michigan- Monitoring the future).
In 2020 92.3% of people aged 12-17 years reported strongly disapproving or somewhat disapproving of peers having one or two rinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day
(Mental health) Drinking for some may be viewed as fun but for others it can be used as a way to cope with troubles at home, school and anxiety and stress from new responsibilities. Using alcohol as a way to relieve stress may increase the risk of developing alcohol problems later in life.
Protective factors are defined as characteristics or situations at several levels including family and community, that reduce the likelihood of an individual to engage in risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse.
Structured and nurturing household
Positive learning environment
Having supportive role models
Close relationships with parent and or another adult
Clear behavior guidelines and values
Having access to resources
Access to creative activities and youth programs
Having friends who model responsible behavior
Encouragement from parents and teacher for youth to do well
Binge Drinking is a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08% or higher. It can lead to overdose or a blackout. Women= 4 or more drinks within 2 hours, Men= 5 or more drinks within 2 hours.
High- Intensity Drinking:
High-intensity drinking is a pattern of drinking alcohol at levels twice or more of the thresholds for binge drinking. Research suggests that this pattern of drinking peaks around age 21 and is most common among young adults attending college. This type of drinking is particularly concerning because it is associated with an even greater risk of severe health and safety concerns. For women= 8 or more drinks on one occasion, Men= 10 or more drinks on one occasion.
Heavy Alcohol Use
Women - More than 3 drinks per day,
Men - More than 4 drinks per day
or binge drinking on at least 5 days per month
Binge drinking, High-Intensity Drinking, and Heavy Alcohol Use can all increase risk for alcohol use disorder.
This site includes drug use facts & warning signs, information on statewide initiatives and campaigns, strategies for overdose prevention including access to the life-saving drug naloxone (Narcan®), and access to treatment and recovery supports.
The goal is to provide a platform where parents and caregivers can get informed, be prepared, and take action by having open and honest conversations with their kids about substance use and mental health.
The Town has upcoming roadwork beginning June 6th: Joel Drive, Cindy Road, Randy Road, Bridge Street, Gloria Lane, Franlee Drive and Punkin Drive will have chipseal applied. Traffic Control will be in place during the application process, between 6:30 am to 3:30 pm (potentially later if there are any weather impacts); no parking on these roadways beginning Monday, June 5th.
Please call DPW at 860-870-3140 with any questions.