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Six Area Coalitions Collaborate to Host Conversation on Substance Abuse Prevention - 01/18/18

Six area substance abuse prevention coalitions are coming together to host Put Youth First!, a workshop and conversation that offers tools and information about the science of prevention. The event will provide an overview of the coalitions and what they do, and an active discussion about community empowerment, proven prevention effectiveness outcomes and strategic planning. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with coalition representatives and community leaders kicked off by Clark County Councilor Chair Marc Boldt.

Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle will provide the welcome address for Put Youth First!, held on Thursday, February 1st, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave. in Vancouver. The event is free and open to the public. Business leaders, elected officials, school principals, neighborhood leaders and anyone interested in learning about effective strategies to keep youth drug and alcohol free are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Prevention coalition members include: Prevent Coalition; West Van for Youth; Unite! Washougal Community Coalition; Prevent Together-Battle Ground, La Center United and Connect Evergreen.

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About Prevent Coalition
Founded in 2006, Prevent Coalition is a group of diverse community members working together using an evidence-based framework to prevent youth substance abuse in Clark County, WA. Working in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, and prevention organizations, Prevent Coalition is focused on improving the environment surrounding youth to create a community culture that promotes prevention and honors healthy living. Find toolkits, resources, and information about addiction, prevention, and resilience for adults and youth at