Community Coalition Activities
The Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP) is an urban coalition which has been working together to prevent alcohol and other substance abuse among our youth since 1998. Our membership of over 35 organizations meets monthly to plan and collaborate on projects that recognize and address the diverse needs of Throggs Neck in the southeast section of the Bronx, New York. The coalition is under the auspices of the Archdiocese of New York Drug Abuse Prevention Program. The coalition continues to thrive through current funding from the federal government’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). Since its inception, TNCAP takes pride in implementing policy and environmental strategies that positively impact people’s lives.
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TNCAP has shown itself to be effective in implementing environmental strategies that prevent or reduce youth alcohol and substance abuse. Our accomplishments include:
Raising Community Awareness
- A safe community is everybody’s business. We provide information to the community-at-large through our monthly columns in the Bronx Times Reporter and our twice-yearly Throggs Neck Family Newsletter.
- TNCAP serves as an information and referral resource for any community group or organization on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs & has provided thousands of pieces of literature on these topics.
- TNCAP strives to educate teens and adults on Social Host laws with our “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” Fact Cards distributed through Throggs Neck merchants with help from our local high school youth.
- TNCAP conducts the “Risk is Real” campaign which utilizes a multimedia and social marketing approach for parents and teens on the harmful effects of underage drinking. Visit theriskisreal.org and get ongoing information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheRiskisReal. Follow us on Twitter @TheRiskIsRealNY.
- TNCAP’s Annual Poster Campaign for local schools provides a creative, engaging means to educate students about the risks of substance use, the importance of healthy choices and caring for the community.
Supporting Enforcement of Laws
- TNCAP collaborates with the local police to conduct compliance checks of bars, restaurants and stores; to set up DWI checkpoints; and to monitor known “hotspots”.
- TNCAP monitors the C Summonses written in the 45th Precinct to 16 & 17 yr. old who commit Quality of Life offenses.
- The Alcohol Training Awareness Program offers a 2½ hour course to those who serve or sell alcohol that is approved and certified by the New York State Liquor Authority.
- TNCAP distributes and monitors the use of mandated signage by retailers who sell alcohol and tobacco products.
Advocating for Policy Change
- In 2011, Community Board #10 initiated a policy whereby all businesses applying or reapplying for a liquor license are advised to take the Alcohol Training Awareness Program offered by TNCAP. Trainings are offered 6 to 8 times per year.
- In 2012, Senator Jeff Klein led the New York State Legislature in passing a bill which allows the owner of a bar or restaurant to use evidence of participation in an Alcohol Training Awareness Program to receive 25% off a civil penalty and to use participation in this training as part of an affirmative defense.
- In 2012, the New York State Legislature with the leadership of Senator Jeff Klein banned caffeine in alcoholic drinks like Four Loko.
- TNCAP was able to create the first non-supervised Skate Park in NYC and continues to monitor its upkeep in partnership with the Parks Dept.
- In 2005, in collaboration with the 45th Precinct and local lawmakers, TNCAP piloted the Parent Notification Letter for teens who receive a C -Summons; it became NYC- wide policy in 2011.
- TNCAP’s collaboration with the Bronx Smoke-Free Partnership resulted in the Smoke-Free Parks & Beaches Act in 2011 in New York City.
- Congressman Jose E. Serrano
- Senator Alessandra Biaggi
- Assemblyman Michael Benedetto
- Councilman Mark Gjonaj
- Archdiocese of New York Drug Abuse Prevention Program
- 45th Precinct Community Council
- Bronx Community Board # 10
- BronxHealthREACH/Institute of Family Health
- Bronx Smoke Free Partnership
- Bronx Underground,LLC
- Crossroads Tabernacle
- NYC Board of Education, Office of Safety & Youth Development
- Edgewater Park Owners’ Cooperative, Inc.
- First Lutheran Church of Throggs Neck
- Jacobi Medical Center
- Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, Throggs Neck
- Parent Advisory Committee
- Parish of St. Benedict
- Phipps Beacon at the Piagentini & Jones Campus
- Preston Center of Compassion
- Preston High School
- Throggs Neck Little League
- Throggs Neck Merchants Association
- Schuyler Hill Funeral Home
- Youth Advisory Committee
- Bronx Times Reporter
- The New York Public Library, Throggs Neck Branch.
CONTACT US: For more information on TNCAP, call (718) 904-1333 ext. 28.