Facilitating opportunities to support and connect communities, build resilience and increase collaboration

In 2011, Sean Chavez joined the staff team as a full time Community Prevention Specialist. In that year, PREVENT! Coalition was awarded a mentoring grant to build capacity in Battle Ground and Skamania communities. The coalition also held the Reach Out Now alcohol education for youth and hosted the second 5K Prevention Walk in Camas. PREVENT! and Mountain View Prevention Club conducted a powerful forum called Our Generation Our Choice. Local leaders including elected officials, business owners, school officials and law enforcement participated which allowed the students to share their concerns about substance abuse and to discuss their ideas for solutions.  The students and community leaders challenged each other to take action to reduce substance abuse, As a result, Mt. View Prevention Club received a congratulations letter from President Bush.  The coalition held two drug take back events this year and collected over 571 pounds of pills.