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

In 2013, PREVENT! received a second mentoring grant to mentor a substance abuse prevention coalition in La Center. The coalition provided training, technical assistance and expertise to La Center as the community built capacity.  At the Ads and Subtracts event, community members (including youth) assessed advertising in alcohol retail stores and provided toolkits about healthy store environments to the store owners.  The marijuana prevention committee provided educational resources to the community regarding the new legal marijuana laws. The coalition held two drug take back events this year at 4 sites, collected over 1693 pounds of pills. A 12 Sector Leadership Retreat was held and the organizational structure and bylaws were evaluated and revised. The Mentee coalitions in Skamania and Battle Ground received their Drug Free Communities grants.