The Pelham PACT Coalition (PACT) and Pelham’s Community Care Center (CCC) have joined forces, recognizing the complementary strengths of each organization, to become a community-based organization with a mission of greater breadth and depth in an effort to ensure the very best for Pelham’s youth and families.
As a newly formed joint effort, Pelham Together will advocate for and develop empowered youth, engaged adults, and energized community partners, harnessing the shared sense of responsibility that makes Pelham so unique.
The role of Pelham Together will be to connect our community, inform our families, and elevate our young people.
We believe the Pelham community depends on all of us, a collective “we”, to be actively involved with a shared sense of responsibility. The underlying mission is to ensure a healthy and vibrant community for and with the youth of Pelham.
Our community coalition is made up of all sectors in the community including schools, youth, parents, businesses, local government, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, faith-based organizations, civic / volunteer organizations, youth-serving organizations, media, and prevention experts exemplifying the need for everyone to be involved in support of our youth.
PACT has successfully engaged the Pelham community in efforts to reduce youth substance use since 1997. Over the last ten years, Pelham has seen a reduction in youth alcohol use (34% decrease), youth binge drinking (43% decrease) and youth marijuana use (37% decrease). There has also been a delay in the age that Pelham youth first try alcohol or marijuana by a full grade level, which, research shows, has a significant effect on whether someone experiences substance use problems as an adult. PACT’s success is in large part a result of working as a local coalition, comprised of many members of the community. With this “all hands on deck” approach, PACT has used data to drive evidence-based programming to prevent youth substance use and is uniquely positioned to continue in this framework as part of Pelham Together.
Over the years, the overlap between substance use and mental health and wellness has been proven time and again in the research. For the last five years, Pelham’s CCC has devoted significant resources to supporting the mental health of Pelham’s young people—from direct referrals, to an extensive website highlighting local resources and service providers, CCC has worked to connect Pelham families and adolescents facing mental health challenges to information and support. The topics and issues that CCC has worked on over the years include social and emotional health and wellness, youth depression, stress/anxiety, substance use/abuse, eating disorder, self-harm, and healthy relationships.