Vaping Facts

Vaping, e-cigs, hookah sticks, Juul – lots of different names but all are risky for youth.  Young people who “vape” are much more likely to progress to traditional cigarette use.  Many vape products include nicotine and other harmful chemicals.  The batteries in these devices can explode, causing injury. Get educated.

Juuling is safer than cigarettes… isn’t it?

Juuling is safer than cigarettes… isn’t it?

Once you take the first hit, your brain automatically associates the sweet flavor as “good”, triggering your pleasure center to automatically equate juuling as good, fostering a lifetime addiction to tobacco and nicotine. So if you’re eighteen or older and feel like trying out a juul, please know exactly what you’re getting yourself into before you risk your health. Learn more.

Students Pledge to Make Healthy, Responsible Decisions

Members of the Irvington High School Positive Impact Club held an awareness campaign during homecoming weekend and asked students and teachers to pledge to make healthy and responsible decisions.

“The goal of the project was to demonstrate that many of our teens are choosing to make healthy and responsible choices as well as bring awareness to unhealthy and risky decision-making that can take place,” said Jennifer Nunziato, student assistance counselor and advisor of the Positive Impact Club.

As the student assistance counselor, Nunziato works to enhance positive and healthy decision-making, as well as reduce the factors that put students at risk for alcohol and other drug use. During the campaign, she and her students collected more than 300 pledges from students, who pledged to treat others with compassion, empathy and kindness, to never drink and drive, and to make healthy choices when spending time with their peers.

In exchange for a pledge, the students received a green Irvington bulldog rally towel, sponsored by the Irvington About Safe Kids coalition. iASK is a coalition that represents all sectors of the community — parents, students, educators, law enforcement officials, medical professionals, business people and more — and works to motivate youth to make healthy, happy and responsible decisions.

Source: Irvington UFSD

Drug & Alcohol Use: An Irvington Perspective

iASK-CAB welcomed approximately 125 attendees to its September 27th presentation – Drugs & Alcohol Use: An Irvington Perspective. This event was the first of several community conversations that will be presented this school year. The presentation is now available for viewing and we hope you will add your voice to the important conversation about the health and safety of our youth.

Allyson Felix & Tanya Hunt
iASK-CAB Co-Chairs

What is binge drinking? Is it bad for you?

What is binge drinking? Is it bad for you?

Binge-drinking is having five or more alcoholic drinks in a row or on one occasion. Some teenagers think of binge-drinking and getting drunk as a ‘rite of passage’. They might do it on special occasions such as 16th and 18th birthdays, school graduations or at homecoming week. Some teenagers binge-drink more often than that. Learn more.

Youth 2 Youth Training

Over the summer, seven students from Irvington High School attended a Youth 2 Youth Leadership Conference in New England. One of our students, Natalie K., wanted to share her experience.

I loved my experience at Youth 2 Youth  (Y2Y) and am already looking forward to hopefully attending again next year! Y2Y was a brand new experience for me and at first it was overwhelming seeing how many people had already been coming to the conference for so many years. But the setup of the day and the activities immediately allowed for me to make amazing friends who truly helped make my experience even better. From having family group sessions where we got to know about 13 other kids well, to energizers that helped get the energy flowing in the room for the day. Everything was well planned, fun and happy.

The conference was a great combination of fun and learning without sometimes even realizing it. I had no idea what to expect at first and getting there I immediately felt such a positive feeling. People would just come up and start talking to me or introducing themselves which is something I wasn’t so used to but it gave me such a happy feeling throughout the whole conference. Everyone was there for almost all the same reasons and having that made the experience and environment very positive.

Besides meeting people and having fun, we all sat through some very emotional family group sessions and listened to incredibly powerful and moving speakers throughout the conference. One speaker, Cara Filler, left many in the room in tears and I constantly think about what she had told us relating to the effects of distracted driving and decision making. Her speech was incredibly emotional but also very informative as it made most people realize how much you can learn from others experiences I would love for her to come to Irvington as she was incredibly impactful and an excellent speaker. The other speakers at the conference were also great but I left the conference with different thinking and feelings after Cara and I still think about what she shares with us everyday.

Family group allowed for me to have 13 people that I knew and could always rely on while at the conference and from that I ended up making a good friend who then introduced me to more people. I liked that they had teenagers who were either the same age as some of us or older as youth staff because that gave a more welcoming and understanding feeling for some people when talking in family groups.

We had chosen workshops in the beginning of our arrival and I was so shocked to see how many options there were. All 4 of my workshops (2 each day) were different from each other and I came out of each having a different understanding about the topic. Whether it was talking about the effects of drugs on a person and their options, talking about stress, peer pressure, and being a team leader each had a well thought out plan, activity and/or discussion.

We met up twice with people from Westchester who were also at the conference and all contributed our ideas and listened to what others were hoping to bring back to their school. We came up with some great ideas for the Rivertown’s and also specifically for Irvington.

Everyone there was super nice and friendly and it was truly an awesome experience that I have already shared with some of my friends and family. It was a very busy 4 days and I am so glad I was able to attend and learn so much in that time frame. Thank you so much for all your support and for making it possible for us to go to this amazing conference.

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