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IDEA Compass Coalition


IDEA Task Force Coalition

The IDEA Task Force Coalition 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 Task Force Coalition 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.

2016-2017 Meeting Dates

Wednesday, September 7th (minutes)
Monday, November 7th
Monday, December 5th
Monday, February 6th
Monday, April 3rd
Monday, May 1st

All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Islip High School.



Laura Paehr, Task Force Chair
Barbara Vouris, Program Director (  
Shari Pennington, Program Coordinator (
Nicole Hall, Substance Abuse Counselor (
Joe Modica, Youth Coordinator (
Jasmin Dengelas, Cultural Liaison (


Islip Public Schools
    Board of Education
    Central Office Administration
    Islip Association of School Administrators
    Islip Teachers Association
    Islip School Security
    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 Friends of the Arts
Great South Bay YMCA
Islip Chamber of Commerce
Islip Fire Department
Islip North Community Watch
Islip Presbyterian Church
KIC – Keep Islip Clean
North Shore/LIJ Southside Hospital
Old South Islip Civic Association
Rotary Club of the Islips
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
South Islip Community Watch
South Shore Community Organization
South Saxon Community Watch
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)