Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The Youth Task Force has been collecting data for nearly two decades from a variety of sources. Initially, the first Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was conducted in 1999. The data from this survey provided the YTF with hard facts about use rates and issues for the school aged youth of Martha's Vineyard. YTF continues to collect data via the YRBS bi-annually.
Learn more and view past results of the YRBS
Safe Homes Pledge
The SAFE HOMES PLEDGE program offers parents an opportunity to join together in providing safe environments for their children to socialize while presenting a clear message to all youth that there will be NO underage use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs in their community.
The MV Youth Task Force hosts speaker series on a regular basis to educate, engage, and ignite conversation among parents on crucial topics related to adolescence, trends, and raising our children to make healthy choices .
The MV YTF hosts a series of dinners for middle and high school parents yearly to provide a forum to connect and discuss the key challenges and joys of each stage in your child's growth.
Other Community Events
Other past community initiatives have included:
Unused Prescription Drop Boxes: Disposal boxes and take back days in partnership with local police departments to support proper disposal of expired medications
Sticker Shock: A quarterly initiative in which thousands of stickers are placed in liquor stores across the island. The stickers remind adults of the legal consequences of purchasing alcohol and providing it to minors.