Parents and others in our community play a vital role in influencing young people’s decision to remain drug-free. Evidence-based prevention practices have also been proven to reduce drug use and public spending on its consequences. CPWI communities, like Monroe, receive funding to implement evidence-based programs for youth and families, to change false community norms, to reduce risk factors (such as early first use of drugs) and to increase protective factors (such as youth who feel bonded to positive role models, including those in their families, school and among their peers).
The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) allows us to monitor the health of students, evaluate the impact of our prevention efforts, and improve academic performance by demonstrating the links between substance use and education outcomes. Every two years, over 200,000 students in 1,000 schools in Washington take the survey.
Overall, prevention strategies and programs in Washington State have contributed to positive trends reported in the 2012 HYS, which include:
- Nearly 11,000 fewer students statewide use alcohol compared to the 2010 survey.
- Since 1998, drinking among 8th and 10th graders has dropped by half, and use among 6th graders has dropped from 14% to 2.5%.
- Since 1998, the percentage of 10th graders who binge drink (five or more drinks in a row) has dropped from 28% to 14%.
- Students in all grades reported an increased commitment to school.
The Monroe Youth Coalition formed during the 2014/2015 school year at Monroe High School as a working subcommittee of the Monroe Community Coalition. They are committed to addressing the co-occurring issues of substance abuse and mental health. Their “You are not alone…” campaign launched during National Suicide Prevention week, September 7th – 13th, 2015 with the goal of connecting struggling peers with people who can help. To support the Youth Coalition’s initiative, City of Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas issued...read more
As a parent, you may not realize the tremendous influence you have over your kids, even when they are acting like rebellious teenagers. The truth is, talking about your family’s healthy beliefs and clear standards (including specific consequences) around alcohol and other drug use is the strongest prevention strategy on planet Earth! Research shows your conversations have more influence on your teen’s behavior than their peers, school and media. Getting parents to talk with their kids is a Coalition priority. We adopted the...read more
Strengthening Multi Ethnic Families and Communities (SMEFC) program is a unique integration of various prevention/intervention strategies geared toward reducing violence. The program targets ethnic and culturally diverse parents who are interested in raising their children aged 3-18 years with a commitment to leading a violence-free and healthy lifestyle. SMEFC is shown by research to reduce drug and alcohol use, teen suicide, juvenile delinquency, gang involvement, child abuse and domestic violence. The program and its materials are...read more