SAY San Diego is proposing to implement Safeguard San Diego to address high rates of alcohol and marijuana use by youth ages 9 to 20 within the Southeast San Diego (located in the San Diego Promise Zone), area where we propose to conduct work, has approximately 5,000 children living in roughly 3,800 households. The target area's high rates of poverty and unemployment, low-educational attainment and disproportionate numbers of single-parent led. Grant funds will support cost to create and implement strategies to reduce youth access to alcohol and marijuana and to increase the number of minors receiving early intervention and treatment services.
The target area has been selected because data suggests that youth have high rates of alcohol and marijuana use. Youth living in Southeast San Diego account for 5% of San Diego County's population, but 14% of all those receiving treatment for marijuana use, and 17% receiving treatment for alcohol use (San Diego County Alcohol and Drug Services BHS Report, 2019). These youth live in a diverse community, where 25% of residents are White, 22% African American, 14% Asian and 58% Hispanic.
The performance goal is to reduce past 30-day alcohol and marijuana use by Southeast San Diego by 15%. Goals, objectives and outcomes for the project are as follows:
Goal 1: Reduce youth access to alcohol and marijuana by using evidence-based approaches to increase local business compliance to state and local laws. Objective 1: By August 29, 2025, 20 parents, youth and community members will be trained to carry out an evidence-based strategy to increase compliance with liquor laws and sales to minors and increase reporting violations of liquor laws and sales to minors.
Goal 2: Decrease the prevalence of alcohol and marijuana use by minors by engaging parents, youth and community members in evidence-based outreach and education initiatives. Objective 2: By August 29, 2025, reach 500 parents, youth and community members with an evidence-based strategy related to reducing underage access to alcohol and marijuana from friends and family.
Goal 3: Increase youth substance use by engaging the community, local law-enforcement, and San Diego Unified School District in implementing evidence-based programs that address and reduce early initiation of use. Objective 3: By August 29, 2025, 90% of youth (ages 12-18) attending Lincoln High Cluster will receive early intervention education related to the impact of alcohol and marijuana use on adolescents and will be referred for early intervention and treatment.