The Acton Boxborough Coalition for Healthy Youth (ABCHY) is a organization that formed in the spring of 2007 when it received a challenge grant from the Acton Boxborough United Way.
Nine Agencies came together to form the original Coalition understanding that communication between organizations and coordination among them is critical to make the best use of resources. Currently, the Coalition includes representatives from: Acton Board of Health, Acton Boxborough Regional School District, Acton Police Department, Acton Recreation Department, communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), Danny’s Place Youth Services, Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN), Eliot Community Human Services, local religious organizations, and key community members. The Coalition meets five times during the school year to discuss emerging problems/issues within the adolescent community, new programs/initiatives, and to encourage collaboration between agencies.
The purpose of ABCHY is to unite, empower, and mobilize the community to promote positive youth development and prevent risky behavior in adolescents. In particular, ABCHY seeks to address the issues of mental health and wellness, substance abuse and youth violence.
Here’s what’s new with ABCHY: