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Stephens County Youth Coalition

To effectively reduce underage substance abuse and create lasting change, we believe in involving youth themselves.  

The Drug Free Community (DFC) grant focuses on youth involvement and leadership development. The DFC believes in a youth led- adult guided structure.

The youth are not only given a seat at the table, but a voice at the table to have a stronger impact in creating lasting change. This youth-adult partnership drives the prevention strategies to reduce underage drinking and youth marijuana use in their community. The youth are involved in each step of the strategic prevention framework (assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation).

WMPN and Pathways to a Healthy Stephens County recruit high school students (grades 9-12th) to join a youth coalition. 

These young people will become change advocates on the local, state, and national level. 


“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

-More information coming soon.

Jillian and Onreka, our DFC grant Program Director and Project Coordinator, have finished up their first week at CADCA’s National Coalition Academy! Over four days they learned about different approaches to prevention, how to build capacity, created a logic model for prevention of youth access to marijuana, and learned how to build a coalitions ability to engage in community problem solving processes. They also had the opportunity to meet and share ideas with coalitions from all over the country. Everyone is looking forward to the next two weeks of the academy!