Submitted by OASIS:
This is the first of many articles to come, from OASIS (Organizing Against Substances In Stoughton), a coalition of representatives from the Stoughton Youth Commission, , , District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Court, Chamber of Commerce, Local Clergy, as well as various agencies within the community.
Formed in 2004, this group of concerned citizens came together because they were worried about the actual and perceived use of alcohol and drugs, (illegal and prescription) by Stoughton youths. We will begin by telling a brief history of the coalition and our purpose.
Working with the Youth Commission as the backbone, the group was able to write and have approved two proposals to the Department of Public Health and began the work of assessment and development of a strategic plan. Thus began OASIS.
We all care about our youth and want what is best for them and the members of OASIS believe it is important for everyone to be involved and understand the issues. OASIS partners with a diverse group of people and agencies that offer various support for: families, education in schools, policy development and after-school programs. The coalition members have been successful in obtaining a number of so as to expand and deepen the work of the coalition.
So, by now you might be asking, what exactly does OASIS do with the grant funds and in helping to find solutions? You will be privy to those answers as you read through some of our future articles that will appear right here on Stoughton.Patch.com.
How can you get involved? The coalition meets monthly at the police station community room. Contact Karen Hall if you would like more information on the coalition and our activities at KHall@Stoughton-MA.gov. Of, if you have a question for a coalition member you can either:
(1) Submit it online at www.StoughtonOasis.org.
(2) Post it to the OASIS Facebook page.
(3) Send it to: Karen Hall, SYC, 110 Rockland Street, Stoughton, MA 02072.
Your questions will be shared with a coalition member that can offer you the best answer and the reply will be posted on the OASIS Website. Frequently asked questions may appear in future articles as well. Look for “OASIS on the MOVE” twice a month right here on Patch.