2009 WDH and Dover Police collaborate on Youth Program
Dover Police and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Collaborate on Youth Program
In an effort help solve the problems facing teens today – tobacco, drugs, alcohol and violence - Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is collaborating with the Dover Police Department on the Dover Prevention Program.
According to Hospital President & CEO Gregory Walker, the issues teens face everyday make the difference in so many aspects of their lives. “Our main focus is improving the health of individuals in our community.” Walker said. “We’re hopeful this collaboration with the Dover Police Department will prevent the risky behaviors that cause lifetime illnesses, shorter life spans and, at times, tragic consequences.”
The program expands Dover’s Youth to Youth initiative into neighboring communities that are interested but lack the experience and technical background to begin their own programs.
Dover Police Chief Anthony Colarusso emphasized the importance of this program for youth. “The Dover Police Department is extremely pleased by this generous contribution from Wentworth Douglass Hospital,” Colarusso said. “In these economic times, it is always a challenge to sustain and expand worthwhile programs like Dover Youth to Youth. This new partnership will allow Youth to Youth to flourish for the benefit of our young citizens.”
A Community Benefit Fund, supported by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Board of Trustees through its 2008 Community Needs Assessment designated a donation of $75,000 to:
Sustain current Youth to Youth activities in Dover
Support the new Barrington Youth to Youth group, now in its second year
Start new Youth to Youth groups in a least four school districts were it currently does not exist.
The Dover Youth to Youth Program, a nationally recognized effort, was initiated by the Dover Police Department 15 years ago to provide an avenue for students who have completed DARE (5th grade) to get more involved in preventing the harm of substance abuse. Dover students have learned media, theatrical, public speaking and legislative skills to do such things as create radio ads an propose local and state legislation.