Manchester Vernon Prevention Partnership (MVPP), a program of applicant agency, The Village for Families & Children (The Village), is a collaboration between two Connecticut coalitions: the Vernon ROCKS Coalition and the Change Collaborative of Manchester. It will, over 5 years, reduce, by 22%, the number of youth ages 11-18 who report alcohol use in the past 30 days from 9.6% in 2019 to 7.5% by 2024. The MVPP approach will directly impact 10,030youth ages 11-18 and 4,074family members over 5 years. Indirect impact is anticipated to influence an additional 1,715youth and 1,068 family members. Annually, the project will directly impact 4,598 youth and 1,978 family members, and will indirectly impact 1,635 youth and 988 family members.
Manchester and Vernon are adjacent towns in central Connecticut with respective populations of 58,073 and 29,140, representing 2.45% of Connecticut’s population. Racial and ethnically diverse populations comprise 42% and 20% of their communities, poverty rates are 12.1% and 9.1%; chronic absenteeism are above the state rate at 16.9% and 11.9%; disengaged youth are 56.2% and 54% with lower percent of owner occupied dwelling than the state rate.
The Goals of MVPP are; 1) To reduce underage drinking and 2) Increase the capacity of prevention infrastructure in Manchester and Vernon, CT
MVPP will achieve these goals with the following objectives involving the increase of; 1) Youth ages 11-18 who report great perceived risk of harm from 78.1% in 2019 to 85% in 2024; 2) Youth ages 11-18 who report perceived parental disapproval against alcohol use from 88.3% in 2019 to 92% in 2024. 3) Increase prevention infrastructure capacity by creating an MVPP Advisory Board with new member sectors including housing, employment and financial agencies by January 2020; 4) Provide two prevention training opportunities to Advisory Board each year; 5) Develop a MVPP Youth Advisory Board, from which to engage at least three youth leaders from each community to create/expand social marketing campaigns and prevention activities; 6) Increase the collaboration of the two communities by increasing the number of prevention activities offered collaboratively from 0 to 2 annually; and 7) Increase Advisory Board member ownership and engagement in activities as measured by the number of members who participate directly or indirectly, each year from 2019-2024.
Strategies will include implementation of a life skills curriculum for alternative high school youth and youth identified at risk of alcohol and other drug use; launch of an 8th grade transition program to support social and underage drinking issues that can occur entering high school; and implementation of culturally sensitive media campaigns targeting teens and parents related to underage drinking.