Pictured from left to right: Gail Wright, Karen Shapiro, Stephanie Newberg, Paula Singer, Kate Cornwell, Kiki McKendrick, Wendy Cramer, Eileen Riddell, Debbie Scheiner, and Linda Scuteri.
Since 1999, the Coalition has been providing programs and resources to build assets in our children, our families, and our community, to help reduce stress, alcohol use, drug use, violence, and other risky behavior among youth. We are increasing and strengthening our Coalition through public meetings, an active central steering committee, an extended advisory committee, bringing in additional sponsors from area organizations, and dedicated community volunteers.
The Coalition members include health care and mental health experts, lawyers, physicians, parents from independent and public schools and representatives of the business community and religious organizations.
The Coalition has created the Alliance of Independent and Public Schools. Members of the administrations of Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Friends' Central School, The Haverford School, The Agnes Irwin School, Lower Merion School District, and The Shipley School meet regularly to share resources and coordinate efforts to improve the health and mental heath of students.
The Coalition has also created the Youth Advisory Council which is made up of students from the Alliance schools who have undertaken several projects including the Battle of the Burbs, participating in the Coalition's Transitions event and creating their own program, "Talking Back", to give the students' point of view about the 2010 Search Institute Survey of Student Attitudes and Behaviors.