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. We have since expanded to include Klickitat and Skamania counties in our efforts. As a community mobilizer, we promote healthy, thriving communities free of the effects of substance abuse.

Prevent Coalition is supported by the ESD 112, and over 500 community members and organizations across the Southwest Washington region. Prevent Coalition is funded by the Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program (YMPEP) from the Department of Health, a Federal Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) grant, Federal Tobacco/Vapor prevention grant, the Health Care Authority Opioid Prevention Grant and by you- our supporters. 

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, Klickitat and Skamania Counties. Prevent Coalition consists of members from the entire southwest region 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Youth Now

Find Your Good Toolkit

The campaign aims to promote healthy activities and positive interactions between youth, to help youth recognize there are other choices than using substances.

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

Weed Can Wait.

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

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

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.

Latest News

Our monthly newsletters share updates, latest prevention science and research as well as opportunities to get connected and involved with the South West Washington region community. Subscribe to our newsletters using the form at the bottom of this page or on our Contact page. 

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