Abstract for Vibrant Future Coalition serving the North Clackamas: Continuation Grant Project
The Vibrant Future Coalition (VFC) is part of the national Drug Free Communities (DFC) effort. By collaborating with partners of the North Clackamas Community, we plan to reduce underage drinking and marijuana use, and prescription drug/opioid abuse among youth. Based on the initial 5-years, VFC anticipates serving 12,000 through education and events. The population to be served includes the youth (18 years old and younger) in the North Clackamas School District and their families, and the community members. The number of students enrolled in school is 17,320. The students are diverse: 1,687 are English Language Learners; 2,689 in Special Education; 6,550 eligible for free or reduced-price lunch; 331 are homeless; 951 Russian-speaking; 1,935 Hispanic; 1,324 Asian; 814 American Indian or Alaska Native; 807 African American; 291 Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; and 14,607 are White. We will use the strategies for community change and the Strategic Prevention Framework provided by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). The strategies and interventions include (a) providing information on coalition activities, dangers of underage marijuana use and drinking and harms associated with prescription misuse; (b) teaching relevant skills; (c) providing support to others with similar goals; (d) enhancing access and reducing barriers to treatment and prevention efforts; and (e) changing the physical environment, consequences, policies, and procedures to better protect youth. Examples of specific activities include information tables at community and school events and on our website; providing drug disposal materials to pharmacies; teaching and encouraging youth to be leaders in prevention efforts; and outreach to leaders in all sectors of the community: organizations with substance use disorders (SUD) experience, youth serving organizations, business, media, schools, government, religious/fraternal, law enforcement, healthcare, civic, parent, and youth. For Goal 1, to increase community collaboration and networking to prevent youth substance abuse, we have 2 objectives: (a) By October 2023, to expand and improve our capacity to address youth alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug/opioid abuse by increasing coalition membership by 33% from 90 members to 120 members as measured by meeting minutes, sign-in sheets, and participation logs and (b) By 2023, to increase community and coalition member confidence in VFC competencies and sustainability, as evidenced through 25% increase in submitted grant applications and/or fundraising events and a 15% increase in average score on coalition volunteer satisfaction survey tool. For Goal 2, reduce youth substance abuse, we have 3 objectives: (a) By 2023, increase by 10 percent in 11th, 8th and 6th grade youth perception of harm of prescription drug misuse or abuse as indicated in the Student Wellness Survey (SWS); (b) By 2023, decrease youth alcohol 30 day use in grades 6, 8 and 11 by 10 percent as indicated in the North Clackamas School District SWS; and (c) By 2023, increase by 10 percent in grades 6, 8 and 11 youth perception of harm of underage marijuana use as indicated in the SWS.