February Rural Rundown

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February Rural Rundown
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Accepting Submissions - Stock Photo Collection

Link to submission form: https://forms.gle/45FhHo8xXEBpqaKdA.

Purpose: Empower rural coalitions and organizations with a go-to resource for images that accurately represent rural communities. Often we need campaign images, posters, social media posts and more that have pictures of people like us but these images are hard to find.

Timeline: Accepting photo submissions between now and June 2021.

Notice: Photos of youth (or anyone under 18 years old) require parent/guardian permission. A permission form is located in the submission form, or here: https://form.jotform.com/210035896697063.


  1. Members of the Rural Network will submit pictures to the online google form. These can be pictures you took, from your organization, or even actual stock photos.
  2. The pictures will be shared with Toolkit Workgroup members who will review and approve pictures based on a set of their own criteria.
  3. In June, all the photos approved will be posted to a password-protected online gallery. Photos will be sorted by category with a search feature.

Types of Photos We're Looking For:

  • Photos of teens in realistic rural situations
  • People in a meeting together
  • People at a coalition meeting working on projects in small groups
  • Large group discussions or presentations
  • High School football game in small town
  • Kids playing outside
  • Normalized non-affluent housing backgrounds
  • Taking care of animals
  • Graduation events
  • Families – kids playing with teenagers
  • Rural Latinx youth
  • Mentor-Mentee activities
  • Award ceremonies
  • Rural native communities
  • Rural schools, teachers in rural buildings
  • Youth engaging in multi-generational activities especially with younger, youth/senior citizens; dancing, gardening, outdoor music events, picnics
  • Sports
  • Parades
  • Family gatherings
  • Rural town halls
  • Youth conservation core outreach
  • Outdoors teamwork
  • People in Eastern Washington landscapes like desert, scrub, farmlands, oak groves, etc.
  • Healthy activities in various settings that you might find among our network
  • Youth on their phones in rural settings
  • Kids of all ages
  • Nothing too clean or polished
  • Pictures of community events
  • WA Prevention Summit youth connecting with other youth
  • Kids on 4Wheelers getting the mail on long driveways
  • Rural activities
  • Driving a beat up truck
  • Laughing around a bonfire
  • Small town high school football game
  • County fairs
  • Festivals
  • Hunting
  • Kids working on school projects together
  • Fishing
  • Rural neighborhoods
  • Small main town areas
  • Places where people gather in rural areas
  • Wheat harvest
  • Youth led activities at county fairs
  • Diverse cultural representation
  • Fields, lakes, forests
  • Older people with younger people talking as equals
  • Kids that are in rural backgrounds that are still dressed “alternative” in black, rainbows and maybe challenges gender norms
  • Show pictures that represent the intelligence and wisdom of rural people
  • Agriculture machinery
  • Highlight the positive parts of rural life
  • Students on a zoom or conference call
  • Youth working on homework with their parents or older siblings
  • Wearing Carhartt, mullets, boots, muck boots
  • Saw mills and other industrial buildings
  • Log trucks, things that are blue collar
  • (Refer to Down and Dirty campaign from Virginia)
  • Cows at a wash rack
  • Cook offs, festivals, county fairs, blue ribbons
  • Ropers, Romeo shoes
  • Old trucks - Subaru. "Not fast but it's loud." Trucks with hay bails
  • Harvest pantries with farms
  • Haunted school busses

Types of Photos to Avoid:

  • Cliché “plaid shirts and hay bales” photos
  • Skip the “Old MacDonald had a farm” look
  • Kids that all look the same. Rural kids blend social groups
  • Urban or suburban scenes
  • Anything “too fancy”
  • Overly stages photos
  • City busses
  • Airpods
  • Teens looking at their phones on concrete steps
  • Nothing too polished i.e. overly edited and photoshopped landscapes
  • Homogeneous people, unless that’s truly the community
  • Stereotypes, like a plaid shirt and suspenders and cowboy hats. Rural teens are still into the trends as much as anywhere. However, there is a place for the cowboy look at times
  • Big cities, skyscrapers, subways, large airports, big freeways,
  • Areas with asphalt, and cement
  • Photos that underrepresent economically challenged rural communities
  • Avoid too many landscape photos, go for neighborhoods instead
  • We want to avoid pictures that are alienating or that make rural people look stereotypically uneducated
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Accepting Submissions - Innovation Collection

Link to submission form: https://forms.gle/qtGQVKQxYWT3KWXb6.

Purpose: Empower rural coalitions and organizations with a go-to library of innovative ideas, strategic solutions, or creativity in planning. Sometimes network members are isolated and need ideas or creative solutions from others to energize their work or overcome barriers. This will be a place to share those ideas and get inspiration from fellow network members.

Timeline: Accepting story submissions between now and June 2021.


  1. Members of the Rural Network will submit stories to the online google form. These can be your own stories or strategies you have seen/heard from others.
  2. The stories will be shared with Toolkit Workgroup members who will review and approve pictures based on a set of their own criteria.
  3. In June, all the approved stories will be posted to a password-protected online gallery. The gallery will share the story, give three takeaways, and a picture if possible. It will include contact information in case someone wants to follow up with you to use your solution in their community.

At-A-Glace Summary:

  1. What are some creative promotional items that worked for you?
  2. Describe a unique or unconventional location you've used to promote your work.
  3. What are some ways you've had to adapt existing programs to your community?
  4. Share about a time you have improved a project by adjusting your approach.
  5. Tell us a story of overcoming barriers in your community.
  6. What are some ways you've managed resources to make the most out of what you have?
  7. Describe a time when you (or someone you know) were the only person advocating for a change.
  8. Is there other information, stories, or details you want us to know that we didn't include in the questions above?

Rural Grant Progress

  • Toolkit: You voted to begin developing an online library of Rural Stock Photos. These will be used for prevention campaigns, media, communication, flyers, and more. Start submitting photos today! Click here to access the submission form. Any photos of youth submit will require parent/guardian approval.
  • Toolkit: We will also begin developing a collection of success stories, lessons learned, and ways of adapting programs to rural areas in the Innovation & Creativity collection. Click here to access the submission form.
  • Website: We've updated our Rural Partners page. Want to be featured? Let us know!
  • Map: Visit the new website map of coalitions across Washington. We will soon be adding the latest round of Drug Free Community coalition grantees from December as well as Opioid grant recipients.
  • Assessment: You will receive the second part of the Needs Assessment containing Healthy Youth Survey data near the end of January. In February, our meeting will be hosted by Clark County Public Health to discuss and share what they learned in an interactive format.
  • Training: We are hosting an online data training in March to reflect on the Needs Assessment Part 2, learn how to analyze data, and how to collect/use qualitative data. See dates in the events part of this newsletter.
  • Recruitment: We are always seeking new voices to join our network. We are especially interested in recruiting people who identify as Black/African American, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and most importantly YOUTH. Send new recruits the information about our upcoming Rural Network Orientation Day!
For a full grant progress timeline visit www.preventcoalition.org/rural/our-work/.

Next Meeting

We have been working with Epidemiologists behind the scenes to collect, sort and analyze Healthy Youth Survey data from rural schools across the state. The Epidemiology team will present their report to you (Needs Assessment Part 2) and share an overview of what we discovered through an engaging online data-walk.

Rural Network Meeting

Tuesday February 23

2 - 3:30 p.m.

Click here to access meeting minutes from January.


Email preventcoalition@esd112.org or learn more and to subscribe for meeting reminders.

January Meeting Minutes

Mark Your Calendar

Prevent Coalition events:

Rural Network Orientation Day

Wednesday February 10

1-2 p.m.

Online event.

For newer or prospective members. This is a duplicate event with content from January.

Prevention Policy Day

Monday February 15

12-1 p.m.

Online rally event.

For youth groups, coalitions, and prevention supporters who want to implement policy change in the legislature.

Rural Toolkit Workgroup Meeting

Thursday February 18

10-11:30 a.m.

Online conference call.

For members interested in the toolkit task.

Rural Steering Committee

Monday February 22

1-2:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For Rural Network Steering Committee volunteers.

Rural Network Meeting

Tuesday February 23

2-3:30 p.m.

Online conference call.

For rural volunteers, representatives & leaders across Washington.

Qualitative Data Training Part 1

Wednesday March 3

9-11 a.m.

Registration coming soon.

Online training on how to gather, sort, analyze, and publish qualitative data.

For rural network members and their community representatives.

Qualitative Data Training Part 2

Wednesday March 10

9-11 a.m.

Registration coming soon.

Online training on how to gather, sort, analyze, and publish qualitative data.

For rural network members and their community representatives.

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Thank You

What is a coalition?

A coalition is a formal arrangement for collaboration among groups or sectors of a community, in which each group retains it's identity but all work together towards the common goal of a safe, healthy and drug-free community.

We are here to connect and support communities to build resilience and prevent youth substance abuse.