We Are Drug-Free!

For the Coalition
About the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI):

CPWI is a partnership of state agencies, counties, schools and local prevention coalitions supporting communities in preventing alcohol and other drug abuse and its negative consequences. Our highest priority is to reduce underage marijuana among 8th and 10th grade students. By providing evidence-based practices and promoting the positive changes in communities, we can build healthier communities.

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.

The coalition is housed and fiscally supported by ESD 105. In 2017, an official coalition name and logo was adopted. There is a high level of leadership that supports the work the coalition does. The opportunities to serve are endless, and the coalition is grateful for the trust of the community to serve its most vulnerable populations.

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.

Goals of Prevention Programs in our Community

  • Increase community organization and connectedness through community-based process with coalition development
  • Decrease the availability and use of marijuana through environmental strategies
  • Increase the perception of enforcement of alcohol and marijuana laws through information dissemination
  • Decrease favorable attitudes of marijuana in youth and increase perception of harm of marijuana in youth through environmental changes with social norming campaigns
  • Increase school bonding through education practices with PAX Good Behavior Game
  • Increase positive family management of youth using alcohol/marijuana through education with Strengthening Families Program

Results will be measured through the Healthy Youth Survey, Pre and Post testing, and attendance.

For Parents

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!

Talk. They Hear You.

To get involved with our parent group, contact us!

For Youth

We believe that the voice of our children is the strongest. Safe Yakima YOUTH and the CCAN Club at A.C. Davis High School give teenagers a voice and a platform to be their own heroes.

Coalitions Like Us

There are coalitions just like us in Wapato, Sunnyside, and White Swan. Visit our friends for even more ideas about substance prevention.