HEART Coalition for a Drug Free Rochester
Led by Youth Voice One Vision and the Metro Council for Teen Potential, The HEART Coalition for a Drug Free Rochester works to reduce substance abuse among youth and families by raising awareness and by increasing the support youth need to make healthy choices. The HEART Coalition brings together a diverse group of community organizations, youth leaders, schools, parents, faith groups and business under the leadership of the City of Rochester.
The name HEART was chosen to reflect hopes for Rochester: Health, Excellence, Achievement, Responsibility and Truth. The HEART Coalition engages youth leaders in all aspects of its work. Representatives of YVOV participate in HEART and help analyze community needs, develop strategies, represent HEART in the community, and assess results. HEART's projects and initiatives include:
Numbers Speak the Truth
The majority of city youth are mature and motivated citizens that do good things for themselves and their community? .
- HEART's Peer Educators initiative hires youth 14-20 to work up to 10 hours per week with fellow youth to help them make healthy choices, and establish and maintain healthy lifestyles.
- Peer Educators Job Description
Recognizing those who do good deeds for their neighbors, neighborhoods, and for our city as a whole.
- Accentuating the Positive
- In 2008, the Youth Voice, One Vision initiative of the City's Bureau of Recreation launched Positive Tickets. With city youth taking the lead, youth-adult teams organized to patrol select neighborhoods to catch residents doing something good. Some of these good deeds were small but important actions that would normally go unnoticed (for example, helping children cross a busy street, organizing a block party)! These individuals received Positive Tickets to thank them for their contribution to the community. These tickets include various discounts or free admissions, activities, or services for youth and families. Recipients are also honored during Youth Voice, One Vision’s Annual Salute to Youth awards ceremony. Since the campaign’s inception, Positive Tickets have been issued to over 250 youth and adults across Rochester.
- Spreading the Positive
- In Spring 2009, Youth Voice, One Vision began to reach out to other community agencies to start Positive Tickets in their own neighborhoods and communities. Youth Voice, One Vision also partnered with the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau and the Community Asset Partner Network to start Positive Tickets in suburban neighborhoods and communities.
- Learn more about Positive Tickets