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Founded 20 years ago in 1997, the Pelham PACT Coalition (PACT) is a youth-centered, community coalition formed to empower Pelham’s youth to make healthy, safe, and substance-free life choices. At the same time, PACT strives to promote a protective and nurturing environment in which teens make meaningful connections and allowing them to thrive. The PACT coalition is made up of all sectors in the community, including businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, local government, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, civic / volunteer organizations, youth, parents, youth-serving organizations, media, and prevention experts exemplifying the need for everyone to be involved in support of our youth.

Successes & Accomplishments

For 20 years, PACT has increased the community’s capacity to identify and address underage substance use and the ability of youth to make healthy decisions as a collective responsibility Pelham partners work together to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors as a evidence-based approach for prevention. The youth themselves develop into powerful leaders while either planning events, organizing training, or conducting meaningful social action. Our results are significant—Between 2007 and 2015, Pelham has experienced a 60% decrease in 8th grade drinking, a 35% decrease in 10th grade drinking, and a 5% decrease in 12th grade drinking. In addition, Pelham youth show a 74% decrease in 8th grade marijuana use and a 36% decrease in 10th grade marijuana use. However, there is still work to be done, particularly among our seniors. In this same period, there was a 23% increase in 12th graders who drink and a sharp decline in the number of 10th and 12th graders who perceive the use of marijuana as being harmful.