WHAT WE DO

Our Mission

Our Mission – Through community-wide collaboration, Fountain Hills will work together to reduce youth substance abuse among youth under 18, and over time, among adults.

AWARENESS

ACTION

OUTCOMES

Fountain Hills Coalition Safe Homes Network

The Safe Homes Network of Fountain Hills is a group of concerned parents and citizens, that includes over 500 families, who have taken a pledge not to allow youth, under the age of 21, to consume alcohol or illegal drugs in their homes. We are taking a pro-active step to protect our children from the harmful, often deadly, consequences of alcohol and illegal drug use.

Did you know? In Arizona, it is illegal for anyone to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 21 under any circumstances. In doing so, the crime is punishable by up to 6 months in jail, a fine of $2,500 and 3 years probation. In addition, you can be held liable for any injuries caused by (or to) the minor as a result of the alcohol consumption.

2016 Arizona Youth Survey Findings In Fountain Hills

  • 1 out of 5 youth ages 12 - 18 drink alcohol.
  • The biggest jump in Marijuana use occurs in 10th grade with 1 out of 7 smoking Marijuana on a regular basis.
  • High school students who reported drinking within the last 30 days, said they obtained the alcohol “at a party”, while 1 out of 4 12th graders said they gave someone else over 21 money to buy it for them.

National Research Findings

  • Research suggests those who start drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependency and alcohol-related issues later in life. (SAMHSA)

The benefits of taking the Safe Homes Network Pledge:

  • Openly communicate with other parents in the Safe Homes Network
  • Protect your children more effectively by joining forces with other parents
  • Access to the Safe Homes Network smartphone App and online Directory
  • Use the Pledge to clearly communicate family expectations about substance abuse to your children.
  • Create a healthy community where underage use of alcohol and illegal drug use is not the “norm”.
  • An invitation to CALL & CONFIRM when a party is taking place at a member’s home.

P3 Tips - 100% Anonymous (Formerly Text-A-Tip)

P3 Tips is a mobile phone app that allows people to report crimes anonymously. The FH Coalition collaborates with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of Fountain Hills who monitors and implements the incoming tips.  We ask that you embrace this new smart phone app and report underage drinking parties, substance abuse or other concerns.  

STEPS to Download P3 Tips

  • 1. Search for P3 Tips in Google Play or Apple App Store
  • 2. Install P3 and then select open
  • 3. Enter your own four digit pass code and sign in
  • 4. Select Location – United States – Arizona – Fountain Hills – Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
  • 5. You’re ready to submit a tip!

FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 911

  • It is illegal to text false tips.

Text-A-Tip has evolved into P3 Tips. Thank you to the Town, MCSO, community partners, and everyone who placed tips to keep our community safe. Please download the P3 Tips app and continue to report concerns and make a difference!

Fountain Hills Coalition Text A Tip
Fountain Hills Coalition Text A Tip
Fountain Hills Coalition Text A Tip

For many years, the Fountain Hills Coalition partnered with local merchants for Text-A-Tip. Soon, we will start a new effort with businesses for P3 Tips. If your business would like to participate, please contact Maria at contact@fhcoalition.org.

Businesses that Proudly Supported Text-A-Tip

Fountain Hills Coalition Text A Tip

THANK YOU to more than 300 local merchants who have supported
Text-A-Tip since September of 2011!

SAFE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL

Prescription Drug Drop Box – Help Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

A drop box is available during office hours at Town Hall for disposal of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications.

The drop box is located in the Town Hall lobby, just outside the Sheriff’s Office entry. It is similar to a mail box with a slot at the top to pull open and drop in the unused prescriptions.

Prescriptions in the form of pills and patches are acceptable. For safety reasons, liquids, inhalers, Epi Pens and syringes are not allowed.

Fountain Hills Coalition Prescription Drug Disposal
Fountain Hills Coalition Prescription Drug Disposal

Dropbox instructions

  • Keep medication in original prescription bottle and black out personal information with a sharpie. Or place pills in a sealable bag (Ziplock)
  • Please remember, liquids, needles and inhalers cannot be accepted at this location.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Middle School

Above That Club – The Above That Club, under the direction of PE teacher Patti Schultz, is an  extracurricular lunchtime program open to sixth through eighth-graders at FHMS. The Club meets once a month to discuss, role play and learn ways to stay above the negative influences of alcohol and drugs in addition to playing games and having fun.

Fountain Hills Coalition Above That Oath

The Above That Oath

is declared by students at the start of every meeting and ends with the mantra - "The best way to stop an addiction- is to never start!"

2019 Above That Club Officers

Red Ribbon Day – The annual prevention event in October, “Red Ribbon Week – October 23-31”, is a series of nationally recognized prevention activities held around the USA in memory of fallen DEA agent Kiki Camarena. The national theme for 2018,  Life Is Your Journey-Travel Drug Free!  is incorporated in Red Ribbon events and programs throughout the school year and focuses on the importance of youth leading healthy lifestyles in order to reach their desired destination in life! 

Each year the FH Coalition partners with Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Town of Fountain Hills and Fountain Hills Middle School to sponsor Red Ribbon events. One half of a school day is dedicated to this event to raise awareness about the dangers of drug use.

2019 ABOVE THE INFLUENCE POSTER CONTEST

Thank you Papa Murphy’s Pizza for sharing the winning 2019 Poster Contest art work as pizza box tops throughout the community.

High School

Above That 2 – Above That 2 is a continuation of the Above That Club in middle school. The club meets once a month on campus during lunch.  The faculty sponsor is Matt Keating.   Above That 2 works to: Better Our World – Better Our School – Better Ourselves.

AT2 COUNCIL MEMBERS

Above that 2 is supported by a generous grant from the Safeway Foundation.

Fountain Hills Coalition Above That Club

Annual Essay Contest – Every January, the Fountain Hills Coalition sponsors a community-wide essay contest for all high school students in grades 9-12.  The 2019 Essay Contest received 218 essays in which students were awarded prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place along with 16 honorable mentions.

A celebration and awards ceremony was held February 21, 2019 where students, parents, teachers, school administrators, contest sponsors and judges were treated to a delicious lunch catered by The Hills’ Pizza and Desserts Restaurant.

Fountain Hills Coalition Essay Contest
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Two of the top three essay contest winners seated from left: Mikayla Anderson (2nd) and Faith Shannon (1st).  Missing from photo is Anya Feyrer-Melk (3rd).  Thirteen Honorable Mention winners also included in photo. 

 

Prizes are awarded thanks to a generous donation by the
Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation.

Speaker Series
Each year the Fountain Hills Coalition brings in speakers to talk with students about healthy living, good decision making, coping skills and dealing with stress. The lunchtime program is featured in the lecture hall during the lunch period.

In November, Rob Holladay, a national speaker entertained and educated FHHS students and FHMS parents about the dangers of vaping/juuling. 

Each year Nissan’s ThinkFast, a fast-paced, educational game show visits the high school campus where freshman quickly learn the consequences of impaired driving and dangers of texting behind the wheel.                 

 

Fountain Hills Coalition Above That Club

In April, Cari Fonseca presented the real-life story of her 21-year old son, Brandon who made one bad choice to drink and drive and the devastating accident that forever changed her son and family’s life.  

 

Elementary School

Red Ribbon Week – 
On October 2nd McDowell Mountain Elementary School’s second and third grade classes celebrated Red Ribbon Week in partnership with the Fountain Hills Coalition. Before the event, MMES special area teachers worked with the third grade class on creating their special shields. “My Shield” activity provided by Shelly Mowrey and Maria Bucci of the FH Coalition. The students decorated their shields with symbols of their favorite activities, family and friends.helly led the assembly talking with the students about the special shields of protection created throughout history and how their personal shields represent people and activities that can help them make good, healthy choices. Eleven brave students came forward to talk about their shields and what makes them special. Every student then received a “Bee Drug Free” sticker and bookmark and made a pledge to be drug free, nice, helpful, a good friend, safe, happy and proud of themselves.