The Dukes County Health Council formed the Youth Task Force (YTF) in 2004 in response to concerns over findings of Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS 2000 and 2002) that documented levels of substance use and other risky behaviors among Martha's Vineyard youth to be significantly higher than state and national levels.
The Mission: To reduce substance use and other risky behaviors by promoting community - wide health and wellness for youth and families through a cooperative integrated network of youth, parents, health practitioners, health and social service organizations, public officials, educators, law enforcement officers, and other community members.
Meetings: The YTF meets the second Thursday of every month from 3-4:30 pm in the High School Culinary Arts Dining Room. The YTF Executive Committee is co-chaired by Mike Joyce and Bill Jones. Cindy Doyle is the Secretary.