November Coalition Newsletter

Prevent Coalition News, Events, Updates and more.

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Importance of Substance Use Prevention for Team Sports

Jason Kilmer talks about his research around team sports and substance use. If you want to learn more about what you can do to promote a culture of safety on and off the field this could be of interest to you!
GATE Equity Webinar: Substance Use 201: Importance of Substance Use Prevention for Team Sports
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Micro Grant Opportunity for Youth

The American Lung Association (ALA) is excited to offer STAND micro-grants for student and youth groups looking to host educational or advocacy events and activities centered on raising awareness among their peers about the harms and risks of tobacco, vaping, and nicotine.

Micro-grants of up to $250 will be awarded to student groups across Washington state to support school-based anti-tobacco engagement activities to be conducted by students through the end of the academic year. Anti-tobacco events may include, but are not limited to: Great American Smokeout (November 21), Kick Butts Day (March 20), and Earth Day (April 22) observance events; on-campus forums, panels, or debates; education or awareness poster contests; cigarette butt clean-up events; health fairs; surveying of the school community on tobacco issues; tobacco-related film viewing; anti-tobacco media campaigns, etc.

Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of a funding decision within one week of submission.

Click here to apply.

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5,304 Pounds of Medicine Collected

On October 26th, 1,733 community members dropped off 5,304 pounds of medications and 1,539 pounds of sharps/syringes to local law enforcement officers for safe disposal. The medication disposal event was held at six locations throughout Clark and East Klickitat Counties, where a steady stream of cars lined up to hand over medications and sharps.

In April 2019 there were 8 sites with 1,623 participants and 4,311 pounds collected. Thank you to all our partners who supported these efforts and made this event a success!

Click here to read the full press release.

Visit for year-round disposal locations near you.

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Drug Free Communities Grants Awarded

Congratulations to Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance for receiving another five years of Drug Free Communities grant funding! We're so excited you can sustain your incredible prevention efforts and continue working in your community.

Congratulations to West Van for Youth for receiving a new Drug Free Communities grant! We're optimistic and eager to see this expand the capacity of your coalition to support the West Vancouver community.

Click here for the full list of 2019 grantees.

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What's New on Youth Now?

  • Educator Resources
    • American Lung Association – STAND micro-grants for student and youth groups. Posted information and application link!
    • Surgeon General & Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip: Science and facts on E-Cig Use
    • Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: The Rise of Vaping; 20 minute video course for youth
  • Administrator Resources updated with link to ‘Research on Student Athletes and Substance Use’ webinar provided by OSPI
  • Vaping in the News; many new articles posted!

All this and more at

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Mark Your Calendar

Prevent Coalition events:

Coalition Coordinators Meeting

November 7th from 9:30-11 am

ESD 112 Columbia Room

2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661

Youth Empowerment Project - Ideas Into Action Workshop!

November 19th from 3:30-5 pm

ESD 112 Skamania Room

2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661

Youth Advocacy Training

December 5th from 8:30-1:30 pm

Excelsior High School

1401 39th St, Washougal, WA 98671

Registration required. Contact

Click for full calendar of coalition and community events.

Other Training & Events

Community events not sponsored by Prevent Coalition:

11/4 Prevention Ethics 3-week starting date (Free online course for Prevention Professionals)

11/5 through 11/6 Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima, WA

11/19 Webinar: Trauma and Brain Science

Online from 12:30-1:30 pm

1/20/20 Prevention Policy Day in Olympia, WA

3/17/20 Save the date! Teens Care Too Summit at WSU Vancouver from 10-3 pm

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Connection is the Best Prevention

Our mission is connecting and supporting communities to build resilience and prevent youth substance use. We envision a healthy, thriving community free of substance abuse.