About the Drug Free Communities Grant (DFC)
DFC is a federally funded program to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. DFC aims to reduce adult substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
About the Coalition: Communities and Schools Working Together
Formed in 2006 from a board of directors workgroup of Safe Yakima Valley, the coalition has actively been working to make Yakima one of the safest places to live, work, and raise a family.
The original concerns of the coalition were increasing youth employment, reducing crime, and attacking the methamphetamine problem. Those challenges have grown to include underage marijuana and alcohol use, prescription drug misuse, and the legalization of marijuana.
Sectors involved in the coalition are educators, medical professionals, law enforcement, local government, youth leaders, parents, youth, and substance abuse professionals.
About Our Community
Yakima, WA is a community consisting of 90,000+ residents. Twenty-five percent of Yakima is under the national poverty rate. Yakima is a young community with 39% of its residents under 25 creating an opportunity to inspire and empower young adults. Morelia, Mexico is the sister city to Yakima, WA. The partnership with Morelia celebrates and embraces rich cultural traditions from Mexico.
Yakima, WA thrives from an economy supported by agriculture. Yakima County is the nation’s top producer of apples, and over 75% of the country’s hops are grown in the area. The community’s events and culture reflect the seasons and a history of agriculture.
Parents, you play such an important role in your child’s life—especially when it comes to substance prevention! Because of this, we meet when it is convenient for you, let you take the lead, and connect you with community leaders. Families know best what families need!
To get involved with our parent group, contact us!