About the Prevent Coalition

We are comprised of parents, youth, school staff, business owners, medical professionals, law enforcement, government workers, faith-based organizations, and more.

Our Mission

Connecting and supporting communities to build resilience and prevent youth substance use.

Our Vision

A healthy, thriving community free of substance abuse.

Who We Are

Prevent Coalition is a community coalition formed in 2003 to increase community collaboration, awareness, and reduce youth substance abuse in Clark County. As a community mobilizer, we promote a healthy, thriving community free of the effects of substance abuse.

Prevent Coalition is supported by the Drug Free Communities Support Program, the ESD 112, and over 500 community members and organizations across Clark County.

What is Prevention?

Prevention is using upstream thinking to make environmental changes aimed at protecting kids in our community. Prevention work aims to reduce the risk factors known to contribute to substance use while increasing the factors that are known to protect youth from using substances. Prevention efforts aim to serve as a catalyst to increase participation and collaboration among all sectors of a community. With the support of the community, capacity for conducting prevention strategies can be effective and long-lasting.

Research shows that a connected community is a safe and healthy community.

We strive to be a connector for all substance abuse prevention efforts in Clark County. Prevent Coalition consists of members from the entire community and works to build capacity for conducting prevention strategies in collaboration with parents, youth, schools, media, business, government, faith communities, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and other prevention organizations.

Drug-Free Communities

2003-2006

In 2003, a group of passionate community members envisioned a healthy, thriving community free of th...

2007

In 2007, PREVENT! received the Drug Free Communities grant for $100,00 per year for five years.  Th...

2008

In 2008, the first Teens Care Too youth summit was planned by STASHA youth and held at Clark College...

2009

The first Drug Take Back event was held in 2009 at one site (Clark County Fairgrounds) which collect...

2010

In 2010 PREVENT! members graduated from the CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) Academ...

2011

In 2011, Sean Chavez joined the staff team as a full time Community Prevention Specialist. In that y...

2012

In 2012, Joy Lyons joined PREVENT! as a Co-Coordinator and the coalition was awarded the second roun...

2013

In 2013, PREVENT! received a second mentoring grant to mentor a substance abuse prevention coalition...

2014

In 2014, the city of Vancouver passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of drug paraphernalia in sto...

2015

In 2015, Megan Streeter joined PREVENT! staff as the full time coordinator. PREVENT! received a gran...

2016

In 2016, Leanne Reid joined as Co-coordinator with Megan to coordinate the newly awarded Department ...

2017

To celebrate 10 years of prevention work, PREVENT! updated its branding, logo, mission and name to P...

Youth Now Prevention Initiative

Youth Now is an initiative of the PREVENT! Coalition, administered though ESD 112. Youth Now is funded through the Washington State Department of Health, Dedicated Marijuana Funding.

Over a thousand Clark and Skamania teens and tweens supplied the voice and direction for the Youth Now Prevention Initiative’s youth-focused prevention campaign. Youth Now completed a marijuana community needs assessment. See the summary of that report below.

Weed Can Wait Campaign

This campaign is intended to reach high risk youth, and may not be a prevention message that suits all youth. This is a positive campaign focusing on reminding youth of the many reasons they can choose not to use marijuana.

This campaign has been made available via licensing agreement to local organizations and community partners who want to share this messaging. View the campaign details, research and licensing agreements below.

Cannabis Conversations Toolkit

The Cannabis Conversations toolkit gives tips to adults on starting prevention talks with youth about marijuana. These conversation-starter ideas are open to all adults including parents, educators, healthcare professionals, aunts, uncles, youth leaders and more.

This toolkit is part of our Youth Now initiative and materials are available to download at the Youth Now website.

Making the Connection Toolkit

The Making the Connection Toolkit provides interactive modules that reveal the connection between ACEs, toxic stress, brain development, and youth substance use. The toolkit helps educators engage youth with realistic examples, current science, and engaging activities to help youth make personal connections to the material while building resilience and coping skills.

This toolkit is intended for parents and adults to present to the youth they work with, mentor, or care for and is part of the Youth Now initiative.