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

Grants were awarded. West Van for Youth and Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance were awarded DFC grants. New CPWI coalitions were formed in Longview and Klickitat. Prevent was awarded funding to implement vape education and joined the Washington Youth Marijuana Prevention Collaborative. The SW region attended CADCA 3-week academy. Prevent welcomes a Tobacco Prevention Specialist to the team.

Legislation was passed. Tobacco 21 was signed and the region celebrated five years of advocacy. The region advocated on marijuana packaging/labeling and retail licensing. ESD 112 worked with schools to promote alternatives to suspension and review school discipline policies.

Toolkits were published. After vapor-related lung illness woke the nation to the potential harms of vaping, ESD 112 developed a vape toolkit for schools. Coalitions partnered with cannabis retailers to launch the Secure Your Cannabis point of purchase campaign and Prevent released a Making the Connection toolkit online facilitator training video allowing instant access to the materials. The Dover Youth Empowerment Toolkit was shared in the region and was used to kick off the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP).

Awards were delivered. Prevent & STASHA member Madison Langer was awarded Tobacco Free Kids Youth Advocate of the Year and a Washington Prevention Excellence Award. The region honored Rep. Paul Harris with an achievement award for getting youth engaged in policy change.