Safe Yakima YOUTH works to create drug free communities for youth and provide them with healthy and safe opportunities.
- Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth (18 years and younger).
- Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
ESD 105 and Safe Yakima Valley have partnered to address the goals of this grant. Work continues to bring education to local middle and high school students about harm and risk factors associated with substance use and abuse - in spite of current societal norms surrounding those issues. Youths are encouraged to respond to the Healthy Youth Survey and the results of this widely used data is shared with them.
As one would anticipate, if a youth's parent or community believes drinking alcohol is wrong then the percentage of youths who drink is much smaller than for those youths whose parents or communities do not believe it is wrong. To research data garnered from the Healthy Youth Survey, click here
. This link allows you to choose many parameters to explore the local responses to the questions on the survey.
Media campaigns throughout the life of the grant bring awareness to these factors and encourage community response in establishing ownership on each neighborhood's response to its environment.
Why is this work important? ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND YOUTH SUBSTANCE ABUSE ARE INTERTWINED!
While it may seem self-evident, not everyone has been educated to understand that substance use/abuse dramatically affects brain development
- hence academic success. The longer a youth waits to use a substance (alcohol, tobacco or other drugs) the better their chances are of success in school. Late onset of use
also decreases the chance of our youth becoming addicted to a substance.
A list of resources
can be found on this site to help educate and inform both parents and youth in regards to the issues surrounding substance use and abuse.