Welcome to Massapequa Takes Action Coalition's e-newsletter designed to connect parents and residents to MTAC's initiatives, programs and news! Please join our coalition, visit our website or like us on Facebook page to learn more about how to be a part of the solution to prevent substance misuse!
Massapequa Takes Action Coalition and Partners
“Take Back” the Massapequa Preserve
The Massapequa Preserve is widely used by community residents and youth as a place to enjoy the natural beauty of our town especially during Covid-19. Unfortunately, we have discovered that sometimes the Preserve is not used in a positive way. Working with its partners, the Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, MTAC has removed the structures to discourage use of the park after hours and illegal use of substances in the Preserve. Click here for the full article.
MTAC General Meeting
Join MTAC at our next General Meeting on Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m. as we discuss further planning details for the clean up event being held at the Massapequa Preserve on Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 a.m.
MTAC Collaborates with
YES Community Counseling Center to Host a
VIRTUAL Narcan Training
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is an annual observance launched by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This year Massapequa Takes Action Coalition (MTAC) will be collaborating with the members from our youth coalition (MHS SADD, MHS Active Minds and MHS Chiefs Challenge). Youth will create social media posts highlighting facts and dangers about substances. MTAC will share posts via our social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
More Massapequa Businesses Support Alcohol and Teens Don't Mix
Massapequa High School's Chief's Challenge members made outreach to local businesses to gain support for
Fredo's Pizzeria

Did you know?  
In the Massapequas, youth report having their first drink before the age of fourteen.* Children who begin drinking by age 13 have a 38 percent higher risk of developing alcohol dependence later in life [National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)]. 

*New York Partnership for Success Student Survey: Massapequa Union Free School District (Grades 7-12)

To learn more about teen brain development click here.
Positive Youth Alternatives
Massapequa Public Library

The Massapequa Public Library continues to provide a variety of virtual youth programming (and adult!) to engage our teens and tweens. To learn more about virtual programs resources go to their website at: massapequalibrary.org
Take a look at all the Massapequa Public Library has in store for teens (grades 6-12) in April 2021!
Some programs will begin registering on April 5th
To learn more about the programs and to register, please visit: https://massapequalibrary.evanced.info/signup

Questions? Please email:
Introduction to Child Care and Babysitting
Register to gain access to a video going over the basics of child care. This is perfect for teens who want to be babysitters! You will receive the link to the video and presentation automatically. Once you watch the video, email us a quick summary of what you learned at
mplteens@massapequalibrary.org if you would like a community service certificate for 1 hour of service.
Please register at:
MTAC Spring Drug Take Back Event
Active Parenting for Parents of Teens
About MTAC
The mission of Massapequa Takes Action Coalition is to prevent and reduce substance misuse and high-risk behaviors in the Massapequas. Since 1997, we have been collaborating with Massapequa Public Schools, parents, residents, law enforcement, clergy, private and non-profit agencies, businesses, and federal, state and local governments to enhance our efforts. This e-newsletter was developed under grant number 1H79SPO80744-02 from the ONDCP and SAMHSA. The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of the ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS.