WHY THE SRSLY SAFE HOMES LIST?
Last year the SRSLY Manchester Coalition performed a community needs assessment. The results of the assessment showed the following risk factors for Manchester youth.
The purpose of the Safe Homes List is to encourage families to
- Communicate clear messages to youth about their expectations of alcohol and drug use
- Monitor youth through high school
- Change parent and youth perceptions that youth substance use is inevitable
Risk factors for Manchester youth:
- Easy access to alcohol and marijuana
- Low perception of risk of alcohol and marijuana use
- Parents are not communicating a clear no-use message
DATA SNAP SHOT
Manchester youth report obtaining alcohol from parents or older siblings / peers.
- Among MHS students who reported having consumed alcohol in their life time, 38% reported their main access point for obtaining alcohol was via parent/guardians either by the adult knowingly giving it to them (23%) or youth stealing it (15%).
- Among MHS students who reported having consumed alcohol in their life time, 64% reported having obtained alcohol from an older friend or sibling, with 40% reporting this as their primary way of obtaining alcohol.
Manchester youth report drinking alcohol in their own home and/or at a friends house.
- Among the 19% of HS students who drank recently.
- 52% usually drank alcohol at a friends house during the past 30 days.
- 44% usually drank alcohol at home during the past 30 days.
Manchester youth report easy access to alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco products
- 55% of MHS and 43% of MMS students report they have easy access to alcohol.
- 35% of MHS students reported they have easy access to marijuana.
- 43% of MHS and 19% of MMS reported they have easy access to cigarettes.