Who We Are

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

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Our Mission

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

Our Vision

A healthy, thriving community free of substance abuse.

Our Principles

We are youth led, data-driven, inclusive, connected and trauma-informed. 

About Prevent

Prevent Coalition (Prevent) is a community coalition formed in 2003 to increase collaboration, awareness, and reduce youth substance use in Southwest Washington including Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties. Prevent also implements initiatives for rural communities across Washington State. As a community mobilizer, we’re creating a culture promoting healthy choices; advocating for policies and regulations that protect, empower and nurture youth; and facilitating positive opportunities for youth to be involved and thrive.

Prevent is supported by the fiscal agent ESD 112, invaluable community volunteers and organizations across the Southwest Washington region. Prevent is funded by the Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program (YMPEP) from the Washington Department of Health, a Federal Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) grant, Washington Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention and Control Program (TVPPCP), federal grants from the Center for Disease Control and the National Tobacco Control Program, the Health Care Authority State Opioid Response grant and by you- our generous donors.

Our History

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...

2018

Prevention efforts in the SW Washington Region thrive. KLASAC received DFC grant funding and hit the...

2019

Grants were awarded. West Van for Youth and Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance were...

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