Nauset Together We Can (NTWC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization representing the youth of the Lower Cape. NTWC came together more than 20 years ago and has been the force behind programs such as: Finch Skateboard Park in Orleans; Youth After School - an after-school drop-in program for middle school students in the Nauset region; a relationship-building seminar series between local police and local teens; and a teen center that hosted concerts, open mikes, art shows, homework help, enrichment classes and more. The Orleans Police Department noted that these successful youth programs had a significant impact on reducing youth related offenses in our communities.
Nauset Together We Can, Prevention Council has been chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on April 11, 1996 to engage in activities relating to the identification, development, and implementation of community based solutions to prevent and reduce tobacco, alcohol, drug, and substance abuse and other high risk behaviors, to provide emotional and community support for children, adolescents, and families affected, to share information, and through education and promotion of activities, to increase awareness of issues related to substance abuse and other common problems affecting youth, their families, and communities, and to engage in fundraising for the purpose set forth in the articles of organization.
Monthly NTWC meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Gallery, 44 Main St, Orleans, MA, but subject to change. Check the calendar for details. All are welcome.
YOUTH INITIATIVES IN ACTION
"There are simply not enough ‘offerings’ for young people …… and nowhere for them to go!"
There are very few places on the Lower Cape where kids can gather with peers, be themselves and have fun in a non-judgmental, safe and supervised atmosphere. What you might not know is that the odds have changed since NTWC first came together. Alcohol and marijuana use are still a big issue, but prescription drug use has also risen dramatically among youth populations on the Cape. In particular, opiate addiction from prescription drugs is a recent and literal epidemic in Barnstable County that is devastating our high schools. It is a significant threat to the well-being of our children and community, one that we can no longer ignore.
NTWC renewed its status as a 501(c)(3) in June 2012 with a new Board of Directors who have a re-energized perspective on the issues we face. Our overall mission is to foster the development and implementation of community-based solutions and to act as a preventive support system for youth and families. Youth are integral to the success of NTWC. Youth voices are valued and included in decision-making, goal setting and program design at every level of the organization. Together, we will be offering diverse and exciting programs to meet the year-round needs of area youth, as well as being a resource for cultivating community involvement and personal growth.
We all have something we can offer: time, ideas, vision, services, skills, knowledge, labor, talent, funding. We need energized, diverse members - youth and adults - to imagine and sustain initiatives to protect our youth and enable our children, our families and our communities to thrive! We have an opportunity, here and now, to be proactive and nurture our kids through dangerous times. The sky is the limit in terms of developing programming to better serve them.