To all of our volunteers, Parents, Youth and Community Allies…We are grateful to YOU! Thank you for taking the time to be involved this past year on behalf of young people in our community. You have emailed, surveyed, collected Rx medications for safe disposal, volunteered to staff booths, provided education, designed posters, attended meetings, trainings and focus groups, donated items, time or space, written opinion pieces for the paper that highlights that most youth in our community are making really great choices to NOT use alcohol or other drugs, and you join us in our vision that young people in our will be free of alcohol and other drug use, have a positive vision of their future and grow up to be healthy, productive and civic-minded adults.
Looking back at a year in prevention…
Here are some highlights in 2014:
- Assembly at Grizzly Hill School: Coalition partners, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department and The Outreach Team are continuing collaboration with a series of interactive school presentations about underage drinking consequences, reasons to choose a drug and alcohol free lifestyle and highlighting the positive choices youth are making today. With the help of ABC funding, the Sheriff’s Department is focusing on education, prevention and compliance enforcement to reduce youth access to alcohol and underage drinking. The funding also allows them a unique opportunity to collaborate with the Coalition in outreach and education presentations for local students. READ MORE
- Alcohol Retailer Sign Campaign – Local alcohol retail merchants are offered a unique opportunity to display signage to warn patrons of the risks associated with buying, selling, or providing alcohol to persons under the age of 21. This joint effort on behalf of community partners – NCSO, District Attorney, Cliff Newell, Public Health, and CDFNC members – is a forward-thinking movement to promote awareness and prevention of underage drinking in Nevada County. This project has also been successfully replicated by the Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence (TTFWDD) Coalition and the Coalition for Placer Youth with the support of their local collaborative partnerships.
- Mentoring Project– Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County was one of three coalitions across the nation awarded a mentoring grant to mentor, support and build capacity of a new coalition in the Placer Communities of Auburn and Lincoln.
- Parent U – October 25th: A joint effort with community partners Grass Valley Police Department (GVPD), Nevada County Children’s Mental Health, One-Stop Business & Career Center, Youth Council, Sierra College Foundation, Sierra College Nevada County Campus, The Union, Mountain Event Productions, and Community Recovery Resources, the Coalition was able to host the first ever Parent U workshop event with free workshops for parents of middle and high school age students filled with inspiration, learning, and resource building geared for parents who want to intentionally raise their children for success. Workshops are designed to empower parents of middle and high school age students with information, skills and resources. View or Download the Parent Toolkit HERE
- CADCA 2014 – “We are the change, we are CADCA” 2014 was a tremendous experience for the Coalition’s Youth Outreach Coordinator, Shasta Spencer, who was able to participate in the week-long summits for youth prevention advocacy in Washington, D.C. in February 2014. This annual work-shopping event brings together coalitions from all across the United States to share prevention successes and learn new skills to provide enhanced prevention opportunities in their own communities. READ MORE
- The Outreach Team – The Outreach Team has successfully made it to six middle schools in Nevada County sharing education and prevention activities to reduce the percentage of students who misuse alcohol and other drugs. The team has been out and about since September visiting each school monthly. During the visits, the team puts on fun activities in which incorporate a hidden messages to educate the students on the risks and harms of alcohol and other drugs. READ MORE
- SBIRT – More than 100 healthcare professionals received free training on Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) this year providing greater awareness and increasing access to vital community intervention services. READ MORE
- Writing & Reciting – This joint effort with the Auburn Hip Hop Congress facilitated creative expression for several youth interested in fulfilling their passion through writing. READ MORE
- Athletes Committed – Launching Athletes Committed in Nevada County. Life of an Athlete… Living a life of excellence. NJUHSD is launching Athletes Committed in January. We’re excited to support Nevada Union and Bear River High Schools by bringing Olympic Trainer and founder of Life of an Athlete, John Underwood to introduce this model for success.