The Scarsdale Drug and Alcohol Task Force (DATF) will be presenting Healthy Teen Brain Day in the Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium on Thursday, April 19th from 2:45 to 6:00 PM. The DATF invites all students in grades 5 through 12 to participate, with parents also welcome to attend. A professional docent assisted by DATF high school volunteers will lead students on a tour through a mega inflatable brain. The docent will discuss the effects of alcohol, marijuana, nicotine and other drugs on brain function and mental, physical, cognitive and social health across the lifespan. An Escape the Vape Room, fun table activities, “foggles” substance use simulators, free food, information and a gift will be provided. Food will also be available for purchase to raise funds for a summer development program for DATF youth members. Clinicians from White Plains Hospital will be present to answer questions and distribute information. The Scarsdale Police Department will be running a prescription drug take-back event. At 4:20 PM, elected officials will be issuing a proclamation citing April 19th as Healthy Teen Brain Day in Scarsdale.
A more formal program, including classroom curriculum on brain anatomy, function and development, will be delivered to all seventh grade students in science classes on April 19th and 20th, with tours of the mega brain focusing on substance use prevention.
The DATF’s prevention program aims to help youth and parents accurately evaluate the risks of using any substances and develop healthy lifestyle attitudes and behaviors. The program is co-sponsored by the Scarsdale School District, White Plains Hospital, the Village of Scarsdale Recreation Department, Maroon and White, the Scarsdale Rotary Club, the Scarsdale Police Department and Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling.
The DATF was founded in 1984 and has been continuously active in Scarsdale for nearly 35 years. It was one of the first community anti-drug and alcohol coalitions in the United States. Today, the coalition consists of many sectors in the Scarsdale community, including Scarsdale Schools, Village government, healthcare and public health practitioners, youth-serving organizations, faith-based communities, other volunteer organizations, youth, and law enforcement. Scarsdale Family Counseling Services (SFCS) acts as lead agency and fiscal agent for the DATF.