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IDEA Coalition Task Force

The IDEA Coalition Task Force is an organization made up of representatives from the Islip Public Schools and local government, community and civic groups. Working together, our goal is to minimize high risk behaviors such the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and e-cigarettes among the youth in our district.

The Coalition’s efforts are focused on developing programs, environmental strategies, and activities that address the root cause of youth alcohol and substance abuse. Our initiatives include drug and alcohol awareness programs in schools throughout the district, Game Nights at the Middle and High Schools, the Post-Prom party for seniors at the High School, and parent and community forums which share important information about drug and alcohol trends, services, and the impact on the Islip community.

Any and all individuals living within the Hamlet of Islip are invited to join the IDEA Coalition Task Force to join us in our mission to reduce the risk factors of substance abuse and provide education to build protective factors for our youth to create a safer, healthier Islip community.

Visit the IDEA website for more information, resources, photos, and more!


Important Information

Important Information on E-Cigarettes from the New York State Department of Health and New York State Education Department

Islip's Post Prom Breakfast

Cancel the Keg Hotline


2019-2020 Meeting Dates

Tuesday, December 3rd (6:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, January 21st (6:30 p.m.)
Monday, February 24th (7:00 p.m.)
Monday, March 30th (7:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 28th (6:30 p.m.)

All meetings are held in the Islip High School Community Room.


Laura Paehr, Task Force Chair
Barbara Vouris, Program Director (  
Shari Pennington, Program Coordinator (
Nicole Hall, Substance Abuse Counselor (
Joe Modica, Youth Coordinator (
Jasmin Dengeles, Cultural Liaison (
Kari-Ann Carr, Clerical Assistant (
Paul Austin, Community Connector (
Peggy Brown, Community Connector


Islip Public Schools
    Board of Education
    Central Office Administration
    Islip Association of School Administrators
    Islip Teachers Association
    Islip School Security
    Islip High School Students
    Wing Elementary School PTA
    Commack Road Elementary School PTA
    Sherwood Elementary School PTA
    Islip Middle School PTA
    Islip High School PTSA
    Islip SEPTA
    Islip Booster Club
    Islip Arts and Music Parents (IAMP)
Great South Bay YMCA
Islip Chamber of Commerce
Islip Fire Department
Islip North Community Watch
KIC – Keep Islip Clean
Long Island Prevention Resource Center (LIPRC)
Northwell Health Southside Hospital
NY National Guard Counter Drug Task Force
Old South Islip Civic Association
Presbyterian Church of Islip
Rotary Club of the Islips
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
South Islip Community Watch
South Shore Community Organization
South Saxon Community Watch
Suffolk County Department of Health Services
Suffolk County Police Department
    Third Precinct COPE Unit
Suffolk County Legislature – 10th Legislative District
Syntax Communication
Trinity Lutheran Church
The Islip Elks Lodge #2533
Youth Enrichment Services (YES)