Mission: HEY! (Helping Engage Youth) is a coalition of dedicated organizations and individuals, who partner with CHILL(Communities Helping Improve Local Lives) to empower youth and families to make positive lifestyle choices. We provide training, education, outreach and resources to implement effective strategies to prevent substance abuse.
Engage youth and see them soar!

Engage youth and see them soar!

Dinner makes a Difference!

Dinner makes a Difference!

Know the facts. Talk to your kids.

Know the facts. Talk to your kids.

Parents are the greatest influence on kids.

Parents are the greatest influence on kids.

Most teens are making positive choices.

Most teens are making positive choices.

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About HEY! Community Coalition

HEY! Community Coalition is a local working group of parents and citizens, prevention specialist, businesses, educators, faith based and civic groups, media, youth, healthcare, government officials and organizations, treatment professionals and substance abuse counselors, volunteer and youth serving agencies.

HEY! (Helping Empower Youth) Taskforce was founded in 2002 under the Communities Mobilizing for a Change on Alcohol. Our primary purpose was to support the CHILL Youth Task Force. We have grown since that time to become a strong, diverse partnership of over 40 members engaging youth and the community in promoting positive choices for youth. As a result of that growth, in 2011 we reorganized and adopted a new name, becoming the HEY! (Helping ENGAGE Youth) Community Coalition along with a new mission statement and vision. The coalition has a constitution and by-laws which govern its work and meetings.

Our action areas include:

  • Training, Recruitment, and Coalition Development
  • Education, Awareness and ATOD (Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs) Prevention Activities
  • Policy and Environmental Change
  • Sustainablity and Fundraising
  • Drug Free MHC
  • CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives) Youth Task Force

Our monthly meetings typically fall on the third Wednesday of each month at 12:30pm at the New College Institute.

For more information, contact Katie Connelly at kconnelly@piedmontcsb.org or 276.340.9186


In The News

Martinsville Bulletin article by Paul Collins describes the evaluation of the CHILL youth task force during the past decade.
On Wednesday, July 24, a group of CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives) members who have graduated met to discuss forming a CHILL alumni association.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.