The central mission of the Integrated Community Engagement (ICE) Collaborative is to strengthen the protective factors and reduce the risk factors in the lives of our young people. This is drug prevention that has little to do with drugs and everything to do with how Fayette County can build a strong community around our youth.
As a Committee of the Fayette Prevention Coalition
Data gathered from the ICE Collaborative Surveys helps communities see where they can work to improve protective factors in the lives of our youth. Students in the 7th-12th grades take the confidential survey annually. This data helps us to secure funding for things like meaningful, youth centered programs and for changing the environment around youth to decrease risky behaviors. Delaying the initiation of substance use even by a year or two has been shown to decrease the chance of addiction later in life and increase the likelihood of graduating from high school. Graduating from high school is the single biggest indicator of the future socio-economic success of a young person.
Data is available for all citizens in Fayette County and meetings centered around the data are encouraged to best strategize on how to implement actions that are locally tailored. To schedule community meetings feel free to contact Katie Johnson through the information provided below.
In the News
The Atlantic magazine wrote an interesting article about how Iceland reduced the number of teens using drugs by getting them involved in activities.