Decisions at Every Turn: A New Year, New Resources

Cynthia Whitty
Issue Date: 
February, 2019
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Decisions at Every Turn (DAET) Coalition is ushering in the new year by announcing the availability of new prevention resources for Ashland parents and other caring adults.
One of DAET’s goals is to support a healthy community by providing education on the prevention of youth substance use and the promotion of positive behavioral health. The coalition strives to do this by offering a range of resources that help raise awareness, provide skills, expand knowledge and encourage conversations about youth substance use.
DAET Launches
New Website
DAET has a new, updated website, Visitors to the site will find information about DAET Coalition meetings and POWER (Prevention Outreach While Encouraging Resilience) program series events on the calendar page and an updated resource page that offers Parenting for Prevention tip sheets and the DAET quarterly newsletter, plus resource links, videos, and downloads.
Parenting for Prevention Tip Sheets
Parenting for Prevention tip sheets are a DAET educational series for parents and other caring adults to increase awareness and knowledge about important youth issues and to encourage dialogue about making healthy choices. All tip sheets are available on the website and may be downloaded. Printed tip sheets are available upon request.
DAET’s current library includes: Alcohol; Communication; E-Cigarettes, Vaping & ENDS; How to Talk to your Kids at Any Age; Marijuana; Mindset; Opioids; Preparing your Teen for College; Resilience; Risk & Protective Factors; Safe Prom & Graduation; SBIRT; Social-Emotional Mental Health; Stress; The Teen Brain; Teens & Sleep; and Tobacco.
Soon to be added: Anxiety; Depression; E-Cigarettes, Vaping & JUULing (revised 2019); Prevention 101; Substance Use: Boys; and Substance Use: Girls.
Public Service
DAET has released its first video in the DAET PSA series based on the Parenting for Prevention tip sheets. Coalition Director Kristin French and Coalition Coordinator Saumya Sankhavaram walk parents and adults through tips and conversation starters based on the tip sheet, “How to Talk to Your Kids at Any Age about Alcohol, Other Drugs and Making Good Decisions.”
Ashland High School student Maky Kotob created a PSA, as his Eagle Scout project, for teens on the risks of vaping. This vignette-style PSA addresses common misperceptions about the health risks of vaping using common scenarios and fact-based research to educate teens and their parents about the potential dangers of vaping on youth health.
Both PSAs can be viewed at on the website, www.
More Ways to Learn
Read up on the latest trending topics, catch DAET on Twitter ( and Facebook ( posts. To learn more about DAET, sign up for emails, download an information packet or reach out to DAET staff at any time.
For more information, contact [email protected] or 508-881-0177 x8284. The Coalition meets monthly on Tuesdays in the Ashland Middle School Library. Newcomers are always welcome.