OUR STORY

WHEN was established in 1995, and is a recognized leader in the advocacy and promotion of healthy, substance-free behaviors and lifestyles in the Webster community. WHEN has always worked closely with the Webster Central School District, town, and community resources to support drug education and awareness initiatives. In 2018, WHEN joined CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) as a member coalition and became Webster Health and Education Network: A Drug Free Community Coalition (WHEN:DFCC). Our organization was awarded a federal grant by The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in December of 2019 and will receive $625,000 over the next five years in DFC grant funds to involve and engage our local community to prevent substance use among youth. If you are new to WHEN:DFCC, this is a great time to get involved!

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MEET THE TEAM

WHEN:DFCC is a non-profit network of Webster community members including businesses, parents, teachers, law enforcement, healthcare providers, and other key leaders and organizations linked through awareness, education and action. Meet our Coalition Steering Committee below:

Janine Sanger
Executive Director

Retired School Psychologist and Coordinator of Health and Wellness for the Webster Central School District. "People are my passion. I value the opportunity to collaborate with Webster community partners as we nurture the healthy development of our youth."

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Barry Howard
Steering Chair

President / CEO of the Webster Chamber of Commerce. "Reducing youth substance use makes the employees of tomorrow better equipped for living, working, and leading productive, enriched lives. The Webster Chamber of Commerce is a strong community partner in the efforts of WHEN:DFCC and I am grateful to the multiple Chamber members who support this work!"

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Jane Laskey
Programming Chair

Director of Community Programs and Facility Scheduler, Webster Central Schools. "As a person who has worked and volunteered in programs that Webster youth participate in, I am involved in WHEN-DFCC to stay educated about trends and prevention efforts.  The guidance and information that is shared by members of the committee is very impactful."

Krista Grose
Assistant Director

WCSD Parent/WCSD Public Relations Coordinator. "I'm privileged to work with Webster friends and neighbors as our coalition shares wellness strategies and life-changing lessons with our young people."

Carolyn Montanaro 
Treasurer

Office Manager at Neubert Financial Services and local parent. "As the parent of two teenagers, I am very interested in collaborating with community partners to help reduce youth substance use."

Stephen L. Gaudioso
Research/Assessment Chair

Retired Xerox RD&E manager, parent of 5 adult children who attended Webster Schools from the 70's - early 2000's. WHEN:DFCC involvement grew out of church community outreach and desire to assist youth in making good life decisions and to help parents with resources to support their youth.

Jason Teller
Steering Committee

Addictions Specialist for Monroe County Office of Mental Health. "I want people impacted by addiction, and their families, to be treated with compassion and empathy from a caring community".

Jen Swab DeGrace
Communications/
Marketing Chair

Former Director of Client Services for a NYC marketing agency, Webster parent, WC PTSA past Co-president, and current Media Management Specialist for WHEN:DFCC. "Parenting teens is challenging, even under the best circumstances. WHEN:DFCC is a great resource for families."

 

WHAT WE DO

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WHEN:DFCC connects Webster residents with reliable resources. For example, we welcomed experts from the Department of Health, Medical Examiner's Office, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, and Webster Police Department at a community forums on the opioid crisis.

Youth Engagement

We create opportunities for young people to use their own voices to advocate for healthy living, such as our #BeVapeFree video contest for students in grades 6-12.

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Community Education

WHEN:DFCC designs social media campaigns to educate the public about the dangers that drugs and alcohol present, and to promote upcoming events.

Parent Outreach

In collaboration with our partners, we inform parents and caregivers about issues their kids are facing and present it when and where parents are available, like this video on Teen Vaping that was shown at school Open House events.

Advocacy
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We support policy measures that protect youth from early drug and alcohol exposure, like the Tobacco 21 initiative to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco and vape products.

Community Training

While our mission is prevention, we recognize the need for effective interventions, too. We have worked with partners to provide free Naloxone training sessions right here in Webster. Naloxone (or Narcan) can help a patient recover from an opioid overdose.

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RECOGNITION

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2019 Grant Recipient

WHEN:DFCC was awarded a federal grant by The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in December of 2019 and will receive $625,000 over the next five years in DFC grant funds to involve and engage our local community to prevent substance use among youth. 

Town of Webster and Monroe County Proclamations

The Webster Town Board recognized the accomplishments of WHEN:DFCC at the February 20, 2020 Webster Town Board Meeting with both Town and County Proclamations.